Santiago, Chile

Summer in Santiago

Program Resuming Summer '23
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Explore our diverse portfolio of summer programs to find another program that also meets your personal and academic goals. You might be particularly interested in our summer programs in Latin America or the Caribbean.

On one side of Santiago de Chile, the towering Andes loom in the distance, while on the other, the dazzling Pacific laps the shore.  No matter where you are, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, neoclassical architecture, exotic parks, and a bustling urban environment.  Summer in Santiago de Chile invites students of all majors to take one course per session, taught in English and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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Unique Experiences

  • Experience

    classic Chilean cuisine via the “picadas” route – with stops at small eateries around the city.

  • Discover

    the economic potential of Chile by visiting a nearby vineyard and learning about wine production and export strategy.

  • Spend

    the morning hiking through the Andes and the afternoon enjoying the beaches at Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.

  • stations make up Santiago’s subway system, divided in seven lines

  • highest active volcano in the world - Ojos del Salado

  • wineries in Chile, the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world


Location & Culture

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Santiago is the capital and largest city in Chile, as well as one of the largest cities in Latin America.  The capital is located in the country’s central valley and hosts more than 7 million residents. Downtown Santiago features 19th-century neoclassical architecture and winding side streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles.  The cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River and is lined by beautiful parks like Parque Forestal and Parque de las Esculturas.  From most points in the city, views of the magnificent Andes can be enjoyed.

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

All programs feature frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement your academics.  Students in Santiago de Chile can...

  • Explore the city with CIEE-trained guides and staff and discover the culture and history of Santiago de Chile and its surroundings.
  • Visit a natural reservation like Cajón del Maipo, located just at 45 minutes from Santiago de Chile, and consider the contrasts to city life.
  • See firsthand where Nobel Prize Winner Pablo Neruda lived and worked in Santiago de Chile and Valparaíso.
  • Discover the Open Sky Museum of San Miguel, with more than 5,000 mt2 of outdoor graffiti and murals.
  • Take an excursion outside the city to a vineyard and see why Chile is renowned as a top wine exporter.

Daily Life

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    Homestays: Living with a Chilean family is your ticket to integration into life in Santiago. Your host family provides housing, , laundry service once a week, and a support system for cultural adaptation.  Students can opt to live with a CIEE student in the same homestay or be the only CIEE student in the house.  Each student enjoys a private bedroom. 


    Local home family stays include two meals per day: breakfast and either lunch or dinner.  Host families and students arrange their own meal schedules.  Students are responsible for the remaining meal, either preparing them at home or eating in one of many restaurants and cafés throughout the city.

Santiago, Chile

Where You'll Study

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    San Cristobal Hill

    The peak is the second highest point in the city, after Cerro Renca, and was named by the Spanish conquistadors for St Christopher, in recognition of its use as a landmark.

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    Plaza de Armas Square

    The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Santiago, the capital of Chile. It is the centerpiece of the initial layout of Santiago.

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    Barrio Lastarria

    An historical neighborhood in the center of Santiago, Chile. Now a popular tourist hub, and a center for cultural activity, with cinemas, theaters, museums, restaurants and bars.


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During each session, students enroll in a 3 credit course in areas like social studies, sustainability, economics or human rights and can also enroll in an optional Communicative Spanish Language course taught in Spanish (1 credit). In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.



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

All students enroll in the one 3-credit CIEE course per session.


Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours per session
  • CIEE Communicative Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact 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 hence the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding.  CIEE courses 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 should plan trips for the long weekends in between sessions.

Class Format

Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty and are for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday and meet either three, four, or five times per week.  Attendance is strictly enforced for both 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 Canvas e-learning platform.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded based on 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


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

  • Students studying in Santiago for more than one session may only take Communicative Spanish once, recommended during first session.

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
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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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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.

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
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance

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