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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Spanish Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Urban Design, Urban Studies Class standing: 2 - Junior
Language GPA: 2.5 Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid
Language level: Spanish 44 or the equivalent GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Liberal Arts


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Program Overview

Develop your strong Spanish language skills in the capital of Chile by taking courses in Spanish alongside Chilean students at our partner schools, Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), and Universidad Diego Portales - School for Social Sciences, as well as at the CIEE in Santiago. You'll quickly advance your language skills while building a broad understanding of Chilean history and culture. You can even gain real-world work experience with an internship at a Chilean company. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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

AACSB Accreditation
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.

Unique Experiences


of classes taught in Spanish at any of our partner universities: Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales.


and take part in the Chilean lifestyle, discuss issues that come up in class, and of course, practice your Spanish!


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.

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Excursions & Activities

Each program has frequent cultural excursions and a multi-day study tour uniquely designed to complement the program's academics and enhance cultural immersion. In Santiago de chile, students might:

  • Undertake a multi-day excursion to places like Araucania region, Atacama region or Chiloe island to broaden your perspective on Chile's history and culture.
  • Explore Chile's geography, natural richness and history through day-trips to neighboring towns/cities such as Curacavi, Isla Negra, Algarrobo, Los Andes, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso or Pomaire.
  • Explore history and the arts of Chile with varied cultural activities including visits to museums, craft fairs, theater districts, walking tours in the varied and historic neighborhoods in the city recognized as landmarks of the city of Santiago
  • Attend a Chilean folklore workshop led by local dancers to learn about theMIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.


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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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Academic Program
During the semester, students enroll in an Advanced Spanish language course (1 Pomona credit) and courses at either the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, or the Universidad Diego Portales.

Students are required to take at least one course with significant Chilean content (e.g., history, literature, anthropology, politics).

Pomona students may not enroll in courses taught in English.

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the CIEE study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

Students enroll in 15-18 semester credits to earn 3.75-4.5 Pomona credits.

Living Arrangements
Pomona covers standard housing, which includes a private room (single or double placement with another CIEE student) in the residence of a host family. Homestays feature weekly laundry, Wi-Fi, and two meals per day. Homestays are nearby subway stations and public transportation, coffee shops, convenience stores, ATMs available in metro stations, restaurants, and other amenities. Select housing is also available for an additional fee payable by the student.

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 advanced Spanish (Spanish 44), or equivalent. It is recommended to have completed an upper-division Spanish course (100 level or higher), as all coursework is in Spanish at a local university.

Student Experiences
Read about Sarah Binau's (PO'19) experiences in Santiago.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/08/2024 10/04/2024 TBA TBA