High School Abroad in Chile

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Information for term High School Abroad in Chile

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 14 – Dec 16, 2018 (22 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Feb 16 – Jul 7, 2019 (20 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info


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Live and learn in Spanish, in the dynamic and friendly culture of Chile.

Chat in Spanish at local shops. Check out street art, navigate winding streets full of brightly colored houses, and visit local artisan markets. Hike, bike, or hit the beach on the weekends. Grab an empanada or sopaipilla on the go. Five days a week, you’ll attend a local high school — with classes taught solely in Spanish — followed by your choice of fun school-based extracurricular activities. During your free time, play pickup basketball, practice your folk dancing skills, catch a local football (soccer) match, or hang out with your host family “siblings.”


The Take-Aways

  • Language Proficiency

    Our program provides students with 150 language contact hours in just a few weeks.

  • Global Citizenship

    After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.

  • College Readiness

    Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.

  • said their experience made them more aware of global issues.

  • said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.

  • said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.


Location & Culture

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The beaches, the glaciers, the wild— you’ll grow and learn in colorful Chile.

Picture yourself in Chile:

Meeting up with your Chilean classmates after school to kick around a football. Getting a feel for regional slang through your daily interactions with local shop owners, neighbors, and friends. Learning to dance the cueca, the national dance of Chile, during a school field trip.

Whether you’re in the center of Valparaíso or exploring Viña del Mar, spending a semester or year in Chile will help you advance your Spanish language skills. You’ll be immersed in the daily traditions and culture of the Chilean people, and build practical, real-world skills both in class and through your personal explorations.


Upon arriving in Chile with your fellow participants, you will be met by CIEE staff in Santiago, and then you’ll head to Valparaíso, where you will begin your five-day orientation. During orientation, you will participate in a series of workshops focusing on a variety of themes — culture, language, academics, social norms, and current events — all designed to best prepare you for your experience in Chile. You will also take 10 hours of Spanish classes to help prepare you for your language immersion experience. Spending a semester or year in Valparaíso, fully immersed in Spanish language, will vastly improve your language skills in an unparalleled way. 

Participate in an exciting scavenger hunt, where you’ll explore the city and put your Spanish into practice. Take an organized tour of Valparaíso, and become familiar with the public transportation system. You will also visit neighboring Viña del Mar and take a boat trip by Valparaíso bay.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"Just yesterday we went to Pucón and bathed in hot springs under the stars and rode horses in volcanic river washouts..."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program.

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  • Housing

    Carefully screened host family in the Greater Valparaíso area

  • Local Support

    Local Coordinator in country and CIEE support staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities

Spanning verdant green valleys and dramatic desert landscapes, Chile offers countless opportunities for outdoor exploration. With nearly 4,000 miles of coastline, you’re never far from a beach or spectacular ocean view. From the Andes Mountains east of Santiago to the glaciers far to the south, natural beauty abounds. Each city in Chile has its own colorful personality, with myriad cultural attractions and landmarks well worth visiting. You’ll have a whole year or semester to discover the country with new CIEE friends, and with your host family.

Your program fee includes excursions hosted by CIEE staff, so you’ll get the chance to take in the diverse sights and sounds of several Chilean hot spots:

  • Santiago
    • Join us for a daytrip to Chile’s capital and largest city. You’ll experience Santiago’s historical wonder in the shadow of the snow-capped Andes, while feeding on the energy of this cosmopolitan population center.
  • San Pedro de Atacama
    • A great location for students, there are plenty of activities to take part in! Try your hand at sandboarding, visit local indigenous communities and archeological sites, take a bath in hot springs, visit geysers in the morning, and watch the sunset in the Valley of the Moon.

What People are Saying

  • Studying abroad in a foreign country is an experience that will impact the way you think about the world and yourself. I went to Chile at the top of my Spanish class, but quickly found that there was so much more than raw grammar and vocabulary to learn. It was difficult and humbling at times, but by the end of the trip I felt comfortable with my classmates, was scoring well on tests, and had made a lifelong relationship with my host family. I came back to my hometown with fluency in Spanish, friends in faraway places, and quite a few recipes for my fellow gringos to try. I can’t say that studying abroad is a fun breeze — the point is, after all, to remove yourself from the comfort zone of your own language and culture — but I can say that through it, you will grow in ways that are difficult to explain, and come out with a confidence you never thought possible.

    Madeline S., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna, current student at Stanford University
  • I learned things that aren’t taught in schools: what is really important to me, what I want out of life, and how to be more open-minded and confident.

    Sophie R., CIEE High School Abroad Alumna
  • Everyone is shocked to hear that I studied abroad when I was 15 years old. I’m shocked myself — yet, quite frankly, I’m shocked that it isn’t more common to study abroad in high school. CIEE gave me an opportunity that most people have never heard of. The program transformed me into the person I am today, with impeccable people skills and the ability to adapt to any environment. I owe a huge thanks to the CIEE program. I am proud to be a CIEE alumnus!

    Alex A., CIEE High School Abroad Alumnus
  • This city has given me a piece of myself that I was not aware was missing. To me, Valparaíso is the most beautiful and wonderful city in the world. The people here are some of the greatest people and the nicest I’ve ever met. There’s always a smile on their faces and a genuine greeting following close behind. Though, the people here aren’t the only great thing about this city; the food here is phenomenal — I’ve never tasted better food anywhere. Valparaíso has taught me important life lessons. It has taught me to be more independent, and to trust my instincts and the people around me, even with a language barrier. I am so thankful for this opportunity. This city has taught me more about myself than my small town in upstate New York ever could.

    Kolby L., High School Abroad Programs Alumnus

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


At the time of departure, students must:

  • Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling
  • Have 2 years of Spanish or equivalent

Application Fee


Apply six weeks prior to the deadline, and receive a $250 discount.

Program fee includes international airfare and iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Fall 2018 22 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 14, 2018 Dec 16, 2018


Academic Year 2019 22 weeks Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Fall 2019 22 weeks Rolling Admissions TBD* TBD*
Spring 2019 20 weeks Nov 1, 2018 Feb 16, 2019 Jul 7, 2019


*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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