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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 Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Yucatán, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, and Sydney.
GET TO KNOW CHILE
with nonstop activities, like film nights, urban bike tours.
LIVE WITH A CHILEAN FAMILY
learn the local dialect and customs and enjoy authentic Chilean food with your “cariñosa” host family.
TAKE YOUR PICK
from Santiago’s many world class museums such as, The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino and The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.
vineyards in Santiago region20
first-division soccer fields in the city5
subway lines across the city, biggest in Latin America5
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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.
Embark on a two-night/three-day study tour included in your program. Travel to different destinations in each block, which will allow you to experience the Chilean culture and its geographical richness.
Explore the wonderful natural reserve of Huilo Huilo and the Araucanía region. Or, perhaps learn about the importance of the Colchagua valley, a vital region for the production of wind, a key component of Chile’s economy.
EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
- 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.
Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships
- 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.
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 Internship in your area of study – finance, women’s rights, environmental development, and more- 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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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.
Where You'll Study
Palacio de La Moneda
Palace of the Currency
Great Santiago Tower
Cerro San Cristobal and Plaza de Armas
Peak is the second highest point in the city
AcademicsClick to Open
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 at our Global Institute locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, 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 six academic tracks: 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.
There are no specific language requirements for this program.
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 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits
- Two blocks: 12 U.S. semester/18 quarter credits
- Three blocks: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits
- 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
- CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar 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 seminar hours, 90 service hours
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.
Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute 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.
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.
Language of Instruction
English and/or Spanish
CoursesClick to Open
- 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 Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus Block programs for each block:
- Mobile students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course (offered in London, Monteverde, and Yucatán) will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.
- Each Academic Project (Internship, Service-Learning, Directed Independent Research) placement will be designed based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. 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.
- To qualify for participation, students must be in the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project to prepare for and secure placement. As a result, students participate in an Academic Project in either Block II or III.
- 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 not enrolled in three-credit language classes 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.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers more than $8 million in 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:
- 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.See more scholarship info
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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.
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