Location: Santiago, Chile
Program options: fall semester, spring semester, or academic year*
Language of instruction: Spanish

*COVID restrictions may impact availability: in 2021-22, only spring 2022 is available

The Tufts-in-Chile program allows students to study at the University of Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, two of the region's leading universities, for the semester or the academic year (please note program calendar is based on the Chilean academic terms). Students are urged to stay for an academic year, and admission preference is given to students applying for the full year. 

Since the restoration of democracy in 1990, Chile has regained its place as a regional model of stable democracy, economic prosperity, and social concern, and has signed a free trade treaty with the United States. It is a country of great natural beauty, with climates that range from tropical to antarctic, and landscapes that include the world's driest desert and one of the hemisphere's highest mountains. It has rocky coasts and beaches that recall California, verdant valleys that seem Mediterranean, upland forests that resemble the Alps, and fjords that evoke Norway—along with something all its own. Its population is predominantly European in origin, but with significant indigenous groups in the north and south, and a large population of mixed descent.

Santiago, Chile’s capital, is a metropolis of over six million set in a valley 2000 feet up in the foothills of the Andes in central Chile. It is the transportation hub of the country, with easy access to both north and south, two hours from world-class Andean ski resorts, and an equal distance to famous Pacific beaches. Santiago is one of Latin America’s leading intellectual and cultural centers, home of the regional United Nations and of many other international organizations, as well as a vibrant center for the performing and visual arts.

The University of Chile, founded in 1738, is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It includes thirteen faculties that range from arts and sciences to law and medicine. The university has 23,000 undergraduate students and 55 libraries that contain some two million volumes, divided among the various departments. Tufts-in-Chile students are fully integrated into the life of the university and are able to take regular courses in any of its faculties, which are located across five campuses that are accessible by public transportation. The faculties of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences are all located on the same Juan Gomez Millas campus.

The Pontificia Universidad Católica, founded in 1888, was granted academic autonomy by the Chilean government in 1931. It is a private (with public support) urban, multi-campus university. Its 18 faculties are distributed across four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus in southern Chile.

Program Staff

Director: Loreto Pomar, Ingeniera Comercial con Mención en Administración, Universidad Gabriela Mistral.

The on-site director advises students on academic and extracurricular activities, arranges for homestays with Chilean families, and organizes special trips and activities. A full-time Tufts professor serves as a faculty adviser for the Tufts-in-Chile program.


The Tufts-in-Chile program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who meet the general eligibility requirements. Additionally, since students take regular courses at the university, fluency in Spanish is important, and participants are expected to have completed Spanish 21 and 22 (Composition and Conversation) or the equivalent to six semesters of college-level Spanish.

The program may be of particular interest to students in Latin American studies, international relations, environmental studies, and the social sciences, but the university's course offerings are comprehensive and interested students from all majors are invited to apply. Preference will be given to students who apply for the full-year option and who have taken coursework on Latin America or have shown, in other ways, an interest in the region.


$39,605 for the semester, $79,210 for the academic year includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Santiago from a city in the continental United States
  • Twelve-day orientation
  • Full room and board, semester break excluded (full-year program); laundry is also provided by host family
  • Full tuition and fees at the University of Chile and/or PUC
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Cultural events and excursions
  • Allowance for books and photocopies