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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Major: Anthropology, Art History, Communication, Engineering and Technology, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Urban Studies
Program Description:

CIEE Santiago: Liberal Arts

Santiago, Chile


About the Program | Santiago,Chile | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
The study abroad program includes visits to sites of historic and cultural importance in Santiago and its environs. These activities, which vary each semester to take advantage of seasonal and current attractions, have included a tour of Santiago, visits to Pablo Neruda’s homes, bike tour of historical neighborhoods, guided tours of local museums, and visit to the memorial of the human rights victims of the 1973 coup. In addition, there are two weekend study trips each semester.

Founded in 1992, the CIEE Study Center in Santiago provides a supportive environment for study abroad students to directly enroll in three of Chile’s top universities. Given the array of disciplines and courses available to participants, the program is suitable for undergraduate students from a variety of majors with strong Spanish language skills. All courses are taught in Spanish.

CIEE courses are with CIEE study abroad students only. Participants also enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with Chilean students. Average class size is 20 to 30 students.

Santiago, Chile
Chile is a long and narrow country, bordered on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Santiago, 60 miles from the coast and the fifth largest city in South America, is home to over six million inhabitants. The capital city of Chile, Santiago, is both modern and dynamic. While the always-visible, towering snow-capped Andes dominate the city, Santiago itself dominates the political, economic, and cultural life of the country.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of SPAN 3040 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure
  • Coursework with Latin American content strongly recommended
Fields of Study
Full range of university offerings including: Spanish, Communications, Anthropology, Geography, History, Art, Art History, International Relations, Political Science, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Archeology

Academic Culture
Study abroad students can take courses at the following institutions: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) is one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in the country. It was recently ranked the second best university in all of Latin America. PUC is an urban, multi-campus private university with partial public support. The Universidad de Chile, founded in 1842, is the country's preeminent public university with more than 23,000 undergraduate students and a faculty of 5,000. It is the largest and oldest institution of higher education in Chile and one of the oldest in the Americas. Known as "La Chile," it was recently ranked the fourth best university in all of Latin America. It offers a wide range of courses at 13 faculties located at campuses throughout Santiago. The university has produced some of the country's greatest luminaries, including two Nobel laureates (Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral) and 20 heads of state. The modern CIEE Study Center, located on the University campus, has student meeting and study areas, classrooms, a computer lab, and wireless access. Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) was founded in 1982 and is one of the leading private universities in the nation. Adhering to high standards in teaching and research, the UDP now enrolls over 12,000 undergraduate students each year. CIEE students may take direct enrollment courses at the School for Social Sciences.

Classes are taught in Spanish language, and students take classes with Chilean students and other international students. Professors are primarily Chilean with advanced degrees from universities all over the world, resulting in a variety of teaching styles and perspectives.

CIEE courses. Assessment is based on class participation and writing assignments. University courses. Students meet the same expectations as their Chilean peers. Assessment includes written and oral assignments and a final paper or examination. The Chilean grading scale goes from one to seven – four is a passing grade. The CIEE Study Center office in Chile converts grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a standard scale. Graduating seniors and students with timing concerns: Note that grades for Semester I (North American spring) should arrive on campus by late September, and grades for Semester II (North American fall) arrive by late March. Professors in Chile can be approached through email, or students can also set an appointment with the professor according to the weekly schedule.

All credit taken on an approved Tulane Study Abroad Program comes back as elective credit. If you are planning to petition for Spanish major or minor credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Santiago even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Chile you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Santiago. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program. 
Housing, three meals per day, and laundry services are included in the study abroad program fee. Students are responsible for housing and meals during the breaks.

Students live in private Chilean homes. The homestay is essential to the student’s learning process and integration into life in Santiago. The opportunity to live with a Chilean family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action, it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses, and practicing their Spanish language skills.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Santiago Liberal Arts Program
Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.