Your Spanish language proficiency will improve dramatically while you savor the amazing sights and sounds of Santiago through conversations with your host family and courses of your choice at three acclaimed universities. With a cast of distinctive neighborhoods that ranges from Centro to Lastarria and Las Condes, you’ll return with memories of rich encounters that will have a lasting impact on your professional and personal life.
Study abroad in Santiago and you will:
Improve your Spanish language proficiency
Learn about Chile through field trips and excursions
Immerse yourself in Chilean academic and social life through homestays, cultural and co-curricular activities, as well as CIEE community engagement opportunities
Related program eligibility language requirement: 4 semesters of Spanish language study (or equivalent). Students are able to enroll in business classes offered at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC Chile), Universidad de Chile, Facultad Economía y Negocios (UC FEN), or CIEE in Spanish. CIEE-administered classes are not reported on the PUC Chile nor UC FEN transcripts.
TAKE YOUR PICK
of classes taught in Spanish at any of our partner universities: Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales.
LIVE WITH A LOCAL FAMILY
and take part in the Chilean lifestyle, discuss issues that come up in class, and of course, practice your Spanish!
GET TO KNOW CHILE
with a homestay and activities, such as film nights, urban bike tours with Santiago student ambassadors, and hikes in the foothills of the Andes mountains.
Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.
Academic Program During the semester, students enroll in the CIEE language course, Advanced Spanish (1.0 Pomona credit) and courses at either the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, or the Universidad Diego Portales. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 16 semester credits in order to receive 4.0 Pomona credits.
Pomona students may not enroll in university courses taught in English.
Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the CIEE study center on a P/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a P/NC basis.
Living Arrangements Students live and take their meals in Chilean homes.
Number of Students CIEE enrolls between 35 – 50 students, selected from a national pool. The partner universities have enrollment ranging from 12,000 to 23,000 students.
Host Institutions Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Universidad de Chile
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Universidad Diego Portales
Faculty Liaison David Divita
Completion of an upper-division Spanish course (100 level or higher), or the equivalent.