Santiago de Chile, Chile

Chile is a country of great natural beauty, with climates ranging from tropical to polar desert, and landscapes that include the world’s driest desert and one of the hemisphere’s highest mountains. 

Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, is a metropolis of over eight million, which is approximately 40% of the country’s total population. It is the political, industrial, retail, and financial center, as well as the transportation hub of the country. Situated in the country’s central valley, Santiago is surrounded by the Andes Mountains, and is within an hour of mountains, vineyards, and the Pacific Ocean.

Tufts in Chile invites you to experience one of Latin America’s leading intellectual and cultural centers. Enroll in courses at the University of Chile or the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, two of the region's leading universities; participate in an internship; and live with a host family. Gain relevant professional experience and develop a deeper understanding of Chilean culture through an internship or volunteer opportunity.

TermsFall, Spring, Full Year
Language PrerequisitesSpanish 21 and 22 (Composition and Conversation) or the equivalent to six semesters of college-level Spanish
GPA Requirement3.0
Host Universities

Universidad de Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Language of Instruction Spanish
Internship OptionYes, for-credit and not-for-credit options


The University of Chile and at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile offer courses across all majors, although this program may be of particular interest to students of Latin American Studies, International Relations, Environmental Studies, and the Social Sciences.

Students typically enroll in four courses per semester, including a required Spanish language course—equivalent to Spanish 121—specifically for program students; native speakers of Spanish or those who have already completed Spanish 121 are exempt from this requirement. Students are encouraged to participate in a for-credit internship as one of their four courses. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Students who do not wish to undertake a for-credit internship may be placed in community service positions.

Be sure to review our academic policies for education abroad and plan accordingly with your academic advisors.

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This program is open to Tufts undergraduate juniors and seniors who meet the general eligibility requirements and who have successfully completed at least Spanish 21 and 22 (Composition and Conversation), or the equivalent of six semesters of college-level Spanish. Students from all academic majors are encouraged to apply.

Universidad de Chile

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. Students are fully integrated into the life of the university and can take regular courses in any of its faculties, which are located across five campuses and accessible by public transportation. The faculties of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences are all located on the Juan Gomez Millas campus.

  • University of Chile Courses 

    The following is a list of academic departments at the University of Chile. Refer to the University of Chile website for the most current course information; note that not all courses are offered every semester.

    Faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies

    • Architecture
    • Geography

    Faculty of Chemistry and Image Institute

    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry and Pharmacology

    Faculty of Economics and Business

    • Accounting
    • Information Systems and Financial Management
    • Commerce: Economics; Administration

    Faculty of Arts

    • Drama
    • Studio Art
    • Musical Interpretation
    • Theater Design
    • Theory and History of Art
    • Music Theory
    • Dance
    • Sound

    Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities

    • Philosophy
    • History
    • French Language and Literature
    • Hispanic Language and Literature
    • English Language and Literature

    Faculty of Social Sciences

    • Anthropology: Social Anthropology; Archaeology
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Sociology

    Faculty of Agricultural Science and Forestry

    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Forestry

    Faculty of Sciences

    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Biotechnology
    • Environmental Science

    Faculty of Physics and Mathematics

    • Astronomy
    • Computational Science
    • Human Studies
    • Physics
    • Geophysics
    • Geology
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Mathematical Engineering
    • Engineering Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Basic Chemistry
    • Sports, Recreation, and Culture


    • Institute of International Affairs
    • Institute of Public Affairs
    • Communication and Image Institute

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 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. PUC continues to have a permanent commitment to quality in their service, in fulfillment of their founding mission. PUC also holds strict and rigorous academic standards that adopt international best practices from top universities around the world.

  • Courses at Pontificia Universidad Católica

    The following is a list of academic departments at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC). Refer to the PUC website for the most current course information; note that not all courses are offered every semester.

    Faculty of Arts

    • History and Theory of Art
    • Drama
    • Music

    Faculty of Biological Sciences

    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Ecology
    • Marine Biology

    Faculty of Social Sciences

    • Psychology
    • Sociology: Social Anthropology

    Faculty of Philosophy

    • Aesthetics: Oriental Arts and Aesthetics; Aesthetic of the Latin American Culture; Aesthetics of Photography; Aesthetics of Cinema; History of Art
    • Philosophy

    Faculty of Physics

    • Physics
    • Astronomy

    Faculty of Communications

    • Media Communications

    Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences

    • Economics
    • Entrepreneurship Management

    Faculty of History, Geography, and Political Science

    • Geography
    • Political Science: International Relationships
    • History

    Faculty of Letters

    • Hispanic Linguistics and Literature
    • English Linguistics and Literature
    • Greek and Latin Classical Studies
    • Literary Studies

    Faculty of Mathematics

    • Math
    • Statistics

    Faculty of Chemistry

    • TBA



Students have the option to enroll in a credit-bearing internship course, earning 4 SHUs, or an internship without academic credit. The Internship Coordinator will collaborate with students to secure a placement aligned with their area of interest at a reputable local organization or business. Previous internship placements have encompassed various fields such as human rights, health care, education, computer science, and social work, among others.

For students taking the internship for credit, a syllabus will be provided, along with assigned coursework. They will also benefit from monthly on-site supervision from the Internship Coordinator. Attendance will be recorded, and an oral exam as well as a final project will be required.


Student Life


The program Director leads a ten-day orientation program prior to the start of classes. During the orientation, you will be introduced to Chilean history, society, politics, public health, human rights, environment and sustainability, and culture of Chile. The orientation includes cultural activities and trips to the coast, mountains, and more.

Housing and Meals

As a student in the program, you will live with a Chilean family that is carefully screened by the 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 in the community), transportation, and incidental expenses.

group of 6 students posing at atacama desert in chile

Co-Curricular Activities

Both the University of Chile and PUC offer a full range of co-curricular activities.

  • The University of Chile has professional-level athletic teams—visiting U.S. basketball players have made the team–as well as 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 attend performances by these university cultural groups.

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. World-class ski slopes and beaches are located within two hours of Santiago.

group of 7 students around a table in a pottery workshop, Tufts in Chile program, fall 2022

Cultural Excursions

The Director organizes cultural events and excursions to places of interest in Santiago and other regions of Chile. Past excursions–focusing on history and politics, regional customs, outdoor activities, music, and art–have included:

  • Andes Mountains
  • Atacama Desert
  • Day trips: Valparaíso, Pomaire, Ruca Mapuche, Valle de Colchagua
  • Santiago city tours
  • Harvest experience at Viña Casas del Bosque
  • Trekking in San Carlos de Apoquindo 
  • The Poet’s Route

Student Perspectives

"It was an incredibly rewarding experience to notice my improvement in language skills, global perspectives, and empathy. I left Chile with much more knowledge of both the country and myself. And practicing a language in an immersive setting is far more helpful than classroom learning could ever be."

– Fall 2022 Participant 

"This is an incredible program. Not only is Chile a beautiful, interesting country with amazing nature and travel, but the program itself is very well done. I would have had a very different experience in Chile had I gone with a different group, and while I’m sure I’d still have a good time, being there with Tufts certainly improved the experience and made it extra special. The director is fantastic, the program attracts a lively group of students with similar interests that gets along really well (at least in my experience), and there are many additional opportunities that the program provides. Communication and support are strong too."

– Fall 2022 Participant 

Program Staff

The on-site director advises students on academic and extracurricular activities, arranges for homestays with Chilean families, and organizes study tours and cultural excursions.

headshot of Tufts in Chile director Loreto Pomar wearing black sweater

Loreto Pomar (she/her/hers)

Director, Tufts in Chile 

Loreto Pomar was born in Santiago de Chile and has been working with Tufts University since 2010. She enjoys working with students and especially sharing the enchanting Latin American culture with them; she loves to plan and organize cultural field trips and activities for the students. Loreto holds a degree in Business and Administration Engineering with a specialization in Marketing from Universidad Gabriela Mistral. Loreto loves traveling, meeting and getting to know new people, cooking, gathering with friends and family, and outdoor sports. She always reminds students that the adventure begins at the end of the world!

Dates and Fees

2024-2025 Program Fees

Semester: $44,646 ($34,573 tuition plus $10,073 program fee) 
Full Year: $89,292 ($69,146 tuition plus $20,146 program fee)

What’s included:

  • Round-trip airfare to Santiago from a city in the continental United States
  • Twelve-day orientation
  • Full food and housing, 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

For more details on Tufts University's Cost of Attendance, please consult Financial Services' Direct and Indirect Costs for Undergraduate Students.

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Academic Calendar

The program calendar is based on the Chilean academic terms. Dates are approximate and subject to change.

Fall Semester: late July to mid-December

Spring Semester: mid-February 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.

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