Santiago, Chile

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jul 25 – Dec 7, 2018 (20 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 26 – Jul 13, 2018 (20 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 25, 2017 – Jul 13, 2018 (51 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 26 – Dec 7, 2018 (41 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Your Spanish language proficiency will improve dramatically while you savor the amazing sights and sounds of Santiago through conversations with your host family and courses of your choice at three acclaimed universities. With a cast of distinctive neighborhoods that ranges from Centro to Lastarria and Las Condes, you’ll return with memories of rich encounters that will have a lasting impact on your professional and personal life.

Study abroad in Santiago and you will:

  • Improve your Spanish language proficiency
  • Learn about Chile through field trips and excursions
  • Immerse yourself in Chilean academic and social life through homestays, cultural and co-curricular activities, as well as CIEE community engagement opportunities

Unique Experiences

  • Take your pick

    of classes taught in Spanish at any of our partner universities: Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales.

  • Live with a local family

    and take part in the Chilean lifestyle, discuss issues that come up in class, and of course, practice your Spanish!

  • Get to know Chile

    with a homestay and activities, such as film nights, urban bike tours with Santiago student ambassadors, and hikes in the foothills of the Andes mountains.

  • national heritage sites

    174
  • cinemas

    18
  • national titles won by the city’s Colo-Colo football club

    30

Location & Culture

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 The metropolis of Santiago is South America’s sixth largest city, and home to more than six million. Located near the center of the long and narrow Chile, Santiago sits in a bowl-shaped valley with the towering Andes mountains nearly always in view. Here you will find world-class cuisine, exotic suburban parks, neoclassical architecture, and all the trappings of a modern economic center.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Outings are a given! You might tour the city, visit the homes of Pablo Neruda, tour historical neighborhoods by bike, go behind the scenes at local museums, or visit the memorial of human rights victims from the 1973 coup.
  • Tour the world’s largest copper mining company for a firsthand look at today’s industry challenges.
  • Visit a thriving vineyard and explore the complexities of exporting wine.
  • Visit Santiago’s Stock Exchange in action, as well as other popular markets and local economies.
  • During the semester our excursions could take you to one of these destinations: Valparaiso’s region exploring the Bay and Viña del Mar, Pomaire village, Pablo Neruda´s house in Isla Negra, hike the hills, visit a historic vineyard and rodeo, or a four-day trek/bike trip. 

PROJECTS

Get to know Santiago better, say “gracias” for your stay, and return home with valuable experience. We can help with:

  • Non-credit internships in social service organizations and NGOs that work in social policy, community service, and education

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. Living with a Chilean family is your ticket to integration into life in Santiago. Your host family provides housing, three meals a day, and laundry service. Students who are staying for a full year are responsible for their own housing and meals during breaks between semesters.

  • MEALS

    All meals are provided.

Santiago, Chile

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE SANTIAGO AT UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

    Santiago

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    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Santiago

  • C

    UNIVERSIDAD DIEGO PORTALES – School for Social Sciences

    Santiago

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What you need to know

The program details

Founded in 1992, this program is designed to support students with strong Spanish language as they further their studies by enrolling directly in courses at three of Chile’s top universities – Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Classes are taught in Spanish language, and students take classes with Chilean students and other international students. Professors are primarily Chilean with advanced degrees from universities all over the world, resulting in a variety of teaching styles and perspectives.

  • GRADING

    CIEE courses. Assessment is based on class participation and writing assignments. University courses. Students meet the same expectations as their Chilean peers. Assessment includes written and oral assignments and a final paper or examination. The Chilean grading scale goes from one to seven – four is a passing grade. The CIEE Study Center office in Chile converts grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a standard scale. Graduating seniors and students with timing concerns: Note that grades for Semester I (North American spring) should arrive on campus by late September, and grades for Semester II (North American fall) arrive by late March.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Professors in Chile can be approached through email, or students can also set an appointment with the professor according to the weekly schedule.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) 

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: CIEE language course: 60; credit – 4 semester/6 quarter credits
  • CIEE elective courses: 45; credit – 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits
  • University courses: varied; credit – typically 3–4 semester/4.5–6 quarter hours

Students enroll in 4-6 courses per semester, choosing from:

  • Optional elective CIEE courses and CIEE Spanish language courses.
  • Direct enrollment courses at any of three Chilean universities: Universidad de Chile, Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales.

Spring 2018 Courses

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Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

UNIVERSITY COURSES

All course selections are made in consultation with the CIEE Center Director and a designated staff person from each Chilean university. Not all courses are available every semester. The reality of the academic system in Chile is such that course listings and availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. The final list of courses is available during the first two weeks of the program in Santiago. Although a limited offering of English-taught courses is offered, CIEE participants must not enroll in these courses due to our goal of complete language immersion. The following list is a representative sampling of courses available at the sponsoring universities. Students may enroll in any course for which they meet the prerequisites. In addition to the courses listed below, the host institutions offer a wide range of courses in many disciplines, including agronomy, architecture, biology, business administration, chemistry, cinema, dance, economics, engineering, environmental studies, fine arts, foreign languages, geography, international relations, law, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, public health, public policy, sociology, theater, and zoology.

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE COURSES

Art
Advanced Engraving, Art in Chile, Basic Drawing, Latin American Painting, Metal Engraving

Geography
Cartography, Chilean Geography I and II, Cultural Geography, Environmental Geography, Introduction to Geography, Political Geography, Rural Development, Urban Planning

History
American National I and II, Ancient History, Chile 1964–2000, Contemporary History, Discovery and Conquest, Economic History, Europe in the 19th Century, Hispanic Chile, National Chile I and II, Pre-Columbian Cultures

International Relations and Political Science
Chilean Foreign Policy, Chilean Political Parties, Contemporary International Politics, Elements of Political Science, Fundamentals of Political Theory, Re-Democratization Processes in Latin America, Representation and Electoral Systems

Journalism and Communications
Contemporary History, Economic Journalism, Investigations, Journalistic Photography, Television Journalism, Visual Communication

Linguistics and Literature
Aesthetics of Neruda’s Poetry, Ancient Literature, Chilean and Hispano-American Narratives, Chilean and Hispano-American Poetry, Chilean and Hispano-American Theater, Contemporary Chilean Theater, General Medieval and Classical Literature, Hispano-American Literary Texts, Introduction to Linguistics of Text, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Nobel Prizes of Latin American Literature, Representation of Women in the Works of Maria Luisa Bombal, Marcela Serrano, and Manuel Puig, Spanish Classical Literature, Spanish Writing Workshop

Philosophy
Kant, Logic, Ethics, and Contemporary Philosophical Texts, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, San Agustin’s Selected Writings

Psychology
Community Psychology, Culture and Society in Latin America, Human Relations, Introduction to the Psychology of Jung, Principles of Learning in Adults, Psychology of the Chilean Adolescent

Sociology
Art and Religion, Biblical Initiation, Fundamental Principles of Christian Morality, History of the Ancient Church, History of the Church in Chile, Religious Psychology, Religious Sociology, Religious Studies, Synoptic Gospels and Apostolic Missions, The Person of Christ

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE COURSES

Anthropology and Archaeology
Andean Culture, Anthropology of Development, Anthropology of Gender, Anthropology of Poverty, The Cultural Formation of Latin America, Folklore as Culture, Gender and Society, Judaism: Religion and Culture, Latin American Thought, Mapuche Culture, Rapa Nui Culture, Rural Anthropology, Sociological Theory and Structure in Chile, Urban Anthropology, Women in Latin American Society

Art
Art History, Drawing, History and Analysis of Music of the 20th Century, Introduction to Art, Photography, Pottery

Geography
Geography of Chile-16th to 19th Centuries, Physical Geography-Climatology and Meteorology, Political Geography, Regional Geography of America, Social and Administrative Geography

History
Ancient History: Roman Empire, Chilean Political Parties, Chilean-Peruvian Relations, History of America: 17th Century, History of America: USA 1860–1920, History of Chile: 18th and 19th Centuries, Indigenous America, Introduction to History, Modern History: 17th and 18th Centuries, Pre-Hispanic History of America and of Chile, Revolutions and Social Movements in the 20th Century

International Relations and Political Science
Chilean Public Administration, Contemporary International Conflicts, Government and Public Administration, Latin American Politics, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Political Ethics, Political Parties: Theory and Practice, U.S.-Latin American Relations

Journalism
Comparative National and International Press, Contemporary History and Geography, Contemporary Latin American Art and Literature, Film: Cinematographic Analysis, International Relations, Latin American Communication and Thought

Law
Chilean Institutional History: 16th-18th Century, Indigenous Legislation In Chile, International Public Law

Linguistics and Literature
Contemporary Chilean Literature, Contemporary European Literature, Contemporary Hispanic American Literature, Contemporary Hispanic American Novel, Contemporary Spanish Literature, Don Quixote, Ethnic and Psycholinguistics, Hispanic American Narrative of the 1980s, History of the Spanish Language, Literary Theory, Medieval Literature, Medieval Women Writers, Modern Hispanic American Literature, Modern Spanish Literature

Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy, Esthetics, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Medieval Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge

Sociology
History of Social Thought, Human Rights, Introduction to Marxist Thought, Organizational Sociology, Political Sociology, Social History of Chile, Social History of Latin America, Social Theory in Latin America, Sociology

UNIVERSIDAD DIEGO PORTALES COURSES


History
American History I, American History II, American History III, Historical Writing, History of Chile I, History of Chile II, History of Chile III, Pre-Columbian Cultures, Research Seminar: America I, Research Seminar: America II, Research Seminar: Chile I, Research Seminar: Chile II, Sociocultural Anthropology

Political Science
Chile and the International System, Contemporary Political Theory, International Relations in Latin America, International System and Institutions, Modern Political Theory, Political and Economic Development of Chile, Political and Economic Development in Latin America

Sociology
Family, Gender, and Society, Political Sociology, Social Anthropology, Social Processes I: Americas, Social Processes II: Chile, Social Psychology, Sociology of Consumption, Sociology of the Media, Urban Sociology

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Five-day orientation in Santiago – an introduction to Chilean culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 20 weeks Calendar year 2018 41 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 51 weeks Fall 2018 20 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018

Start Date

Feb 26, 2018 Feb 26, 2018 Jul 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2018

End Date

Jul 13, 2018 Dec 7, 2018 Jul 13, 2018 Dec 7, 2018

Fees & Housing

$15,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $12,088 **

Housing = $3,295 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $4,160

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† average cost

$31,700
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $24,643 **

Housing = $6,590 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $31,700

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $500

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $3,600

Expenses during break = $350 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,910

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† average cost

††† calendar year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$30,100
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $23,043 **

Housing = $6,590 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $30,100

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $700

Books & Supplies = $500

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $3,600

Expenses during break = $3,600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,160

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† average cost

††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$15,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $12,088 **

Housing = $3,295 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $350

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $4,160

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† average cost

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