Program Details

Accommodations and Meals

As a student in the program, you will live with a Chilean family that is carefully screened by the resident director. You usually have breakfast and dinner with your host family, giving you an experience of Chilean life and culture that will complement your experience at the university. To ensure one-to-one contact with the culture and the language, no more than one student is placed with a family. You will receive a weekly allowance for lunch (which can be purchased at university cafeterias or outside), transportation, and incidental expenses.


Santiago is a modern city located in a temperate climate without unusual health problems, but it does have a smog problem (from May to September) that may affect those who have asthma. Health care is provided for a fee by the University of Chile, which has a world-class medical school, at its hospital.


The faculty adviser leads a twelve-day orientation program prior to the start of classes, which will introduce you to the history, politics, society, economy, and culture of Chile, as well as to Santiago and nearby regions and to the University of Chile. This orientation includes cultural events, trips to the coast and mountains, and meetings with social organizations (including an orientation to internship and community service possibilities).

Student Activities

The two host institutions offer a full range of extracurricular activities. The athletic teams at the University of Chile are at a professional level (visiting U.S. basketball players have made the team), but it also offers both intramural and recreational sports, including soccer, tennis and basketball. The University of Chile and PUC both have a range of cultural groups— including chorus, orchestra, and ballet. Students receive inexpensive tickets to view performances by these university cultural groups. In addition, the resident director organizes special enrichment activities, including cultural events and excursions to places of interest in Santiago and other regions of Chile. Santiago has a rich cultural life, with first-rate theater, opera and classical music, as well as popular and folk music, art exhibits and poetry readings—in the land of Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. World-class ski slopes and beaches are located within two hours of Santiago, with one ski center an hour away.

Program Dates

(Please note that dates are approximate and are subject to change)

The fall-semester program runs from late July to mid-December, while the spring-semester program runs from mid-Feburary to mid-July. Students participating in the full-year program will have a break between the two semesters from mid-December to mid-February, which is considered the 'summer' break in Chile.