Santiago, Chile

Open Campus Block

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Snuggled between the towering Andes and the Pacific Ocean is South America’s sixth largest cities, boasting world-class cuisine, exotic suburban parts, and neoclassical architecture. Discover Santiago firsthand by customizing your study abroad term on the Open Campus Block Program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your courses from a wide range of subject areas. In Santiago, you’ll be located in the core of the city surrounded by Parque Bustamante, cafés and restaurants, shops, and the beauty of Cerro San Cristobal.

Stay in Santiago the entire time or spend other blocks at our Open Campus Block  locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Yucatán.

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    with nonstop activities, like Chilean cooking workshops, and city walking tours.


    Improve your Spanish and customs and enjoy authentic Chilean food with your “cariñosa” host family.


    from Santiago’s many world class museums such as, The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Human Rights and The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.

  • vineyards in Santiago region, 2 can be visited using public transportation

  • first-division soccer fields in the city

  • subway lines across the city, biggest in Latin America


Location & Culture

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Santiago de Chile has been a major contributor of Latin America’s economic and social progress, representing a regional reference for political and economic stability. Having created a contemporary trend in arts and life style, in Santiago you will discover the urban deployment of multicultural and global tendencies with a Latin American atmosphere.  Santiago de Chile is marked by a very high Cordillera de Los Andes, its traditional institutions such as the Palacio de La Moneda, as well as by the tallest corporate building of Costanera Center in the financial district of Vitacura, among others.   

The Culture


  • Explore Chile’s varied historical and cultural highlights.
  • Immerse yourself in Chilean history and arts through our cultural activities such as visit to museums, craft fairs, and visit historic neighborhoods recognized as landmarks of the city of Santiago.


  • Volunteer Opportunities: Give back and create a deeper connection to Santiago.  Students can volunteer at local NGOs to support social policy, community service and education. As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, in-person volunteering will be offered.

Students interested in one of the following Academic Projects must submit additional materials as part of their course selection:

  • Internships: build new skills and intercultural competence through the CIEE academic Internship in your area of study  and become an active member of Santiago’s professional environment.
  • Research: Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent and local fieldwork.
  • Service-Learning: Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

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Daily Life

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    Homestay: this option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture. A single room, two meals a day, laundry once a week, and Wi-Fi are provided.


    Housing includes two meals per day.

Santiago, Chile

Where You'll Study

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    Palacio de La Moneda

    Palace of the Currency

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    Costanera Tower

    Great Santiago Tower

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    Cerro San Cristobal and Plaza de Armas

    Peak is the second highest point in the city


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Students enroll in one, two, or three six-week blocks, taking two courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Santiago the entire time or spend other blocks in other CIEE Open Campus Block program locations  in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin , Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Sydney, and Yucatan.

This program offers students a series of courses designed to help students explore the dynamics of this Latin American nation and its culture.  Students may select one of seven academic tracks: Art and Architecture; Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; or STEM and Society.

Courses are mostly taught in English, by CIEE faculty; Spanish language classes are available at different levels.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students are required to enroll in two courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course.


  • One block: 6-7 U.S. semester/9-10.5 quarter credits
  • Two blocks: 12-14 U.S. semester/18-21 quarter credits
  • Three blocks: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
    • Language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
    • lab courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 placement hours
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 120 research hours
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 90 service hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Each course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Santiago when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Santiago are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.  Some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations.
  • Use the Course Comparison Tool to compare classes offered across all Open Campus Block programs for each block.
  •  Students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.
  • Many CIEE courses are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location. Hybrid courses can be identified in the course list as those whose course codes end in “CIEE” – open the syllabus to see the instruction location, if known.

Academic Projects

  • Academic Projects will be offered onsite (either in-person or remotely) or remotely from another Open Campus location, dependent on availability and in compliance with local health and safety regulations.
  • Academic Project placement will be designed based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements in location or within the Open Campus Block network, either in-person or remotely. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience. 
  • Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.

Language Classes

  • During course selection, students interested in a Spanish language course will be instructed to take an online Spanish language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on site and is based on assessment outcomes.
  • Students may add the non-credit “Survival Spanish” course to their course load during the on-site orientation.

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • 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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.

In blocks I and II, courses and formal activities end on the last Thursday of the block, and in block III, on the last Friday. Students are free to use the time between blocks as they choose, either remaining in their location or using the time for their own travel pursuits. Students changing locations must check into their new Global Institute by the first Monday of the block for local orientation, with classes starting on the first Wednesday of each block. In all cases, students are provided with continuous accommodation, and should speak with CIEE staff for more details.

What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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