Santiago, Chile

Global Entrepreneurship

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Information for term Global Entrepreneurship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

December 6, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 6, 2019
  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)


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Discover what makes this innovative city a beacon of economic and social progress throughout Latin America.

Santiago is buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit, most notably in its expanding Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) sector. Whatever your interests – literature, arts, sustainable development or the food industry – there are small businesses here working to bring them to life. 

You’ll meet the creative minds behind a range of operations: organic farmers, solar panel manufacturers, and earth architects; Chilean food truck owners and food recyclers; owners of independent music labels and online media; independent book publishers and bookbinders; street art organizations, screen-printing artists and artisan craft workers; organic cosmetics companies and traditional medicine manufacturers. The list goes on!

Through day tours to different markets and visits to various entrepreneurs, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the role of both creative and cultural influences in the local economy. For a deeper dive, you’ll team up with other participants to develop a business plan proposal – and then pitch it to a committee.

Aside from project and field work, you’ll visit theaters and cultural sites, hang out with friends in the park, go on amazing excursions to the mountains and the desert, and do folk dancing and other fun activities with local students.

The Take-Aways

  • Leadership

    More than 45 hours of instruction in global entrepreneurship principles and practices

  • Experience

    Hands-on experience in building, serving on, and managing project teams

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Global Entrepreneurship

Location & Culture

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Chile’s largest city is nestled between the snow-capped Andes and Chilean coastal mountain ranges.

Surrounded by nature, Santiago somehow doesn’t feel as huge as other cities its size. Here you have all the benefits of a major metropolis set against a backdrop of mountain peaks. There’s plenty to keep you busy, from outdoor sports to exploring the markets, museums and concert halls, to street food and restaurants.

It’s clear why many international companies choose Santiago as their South American hub. In addition to its obvious natural beauty, the city is blessed with a vibrant creative workforce. With more than 7 million people, it is the most populated city of Chile with a rich cultural identity mixed with other Latin American cultures.

Over the last decade, Santiago has experienced a sustained growth of creative and cultural industries as well, supported by the Chilean government’s initiatives like Start-up Chile and Chile Creativo. Santiago now holds over 80% of the country’s CCIs (Creative and Cultural Industries), making it an ideal city to explore the market in Latin America.

Santiago is considered one of the "smartest” and “greenest” cities in Latin America due to its achievements in sustainable development, renewable energies and innovation. With booming startup sectors and a large, dynamic financial district, it is an ideal setting for studying global entrepreneurship of all kinds.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blogs.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activities

  • Visit local landmarks like Pablo Neruda's home “La Chascona”, and Cerro San Cristobal.
  • Visit the Palacio La Moneda, the seat of the President, and the site of Pinochet’s infamous coup d’etat in 1973.
  • See a play at GAM (Centro Cultural Metropolitano Gabriela Mistral), the city’s hugely popular visual and performing arts center.
  • Learn Latin dance in workshops with Chilean high school peers.
  • Trek up to Andes foothills and catch stunning vistas of the Maipo Valley below.
  • Head to the sea on a day trip to Valpara√≠so and explore the heritage of the old port city.
  • Explore Lastarria Neighborhood and meet local entrepeneurs. 

Sample Excursions

Stargaze in Moon Valley, stroll across the salt flats on an amazing journey in the Atacama, the driest desert on earth. You’ll also visit an indigenous tourism entrepreneur group on this educational overnight trip.

Explore the biological reserve of Huilo-Huilo, a major representative of Chile’s varied geography, as well as its flora and fauna. A visit to the town of Neltume Lake and its surroundings allow to share with a Mapuche community and learn about their lifestyle, history and culture. Trek through the natural reserve of Huilo-Huilo and be marveled by Chile’s animal and vegetal richness.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Dec 6, 2019 Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020


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