About the Santiago Program

Santiago Program Introduction

Santiago is the capital of one of the world's most rapidly developing countries. South America's fifth most populous city with an estimated 5.6 million residents, Santiago covers an area six times the size of New York City. This major metropolis was founded in 1541 and has been the focal point of the intellectual and cultural development of Chile from colonial times to the present. Since independence from Spain in 1818, it has been a home to intellectuals and scientists from various parts of the world who have contributed to a vibrant cultural environment. Its location and history have inspired two Nobel prize winners, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, as well as numerous world-class artists and thinkers. Currently, Santiago is the nation's political, commercial, financial, and industrial center as well as the seat of its government. Chile has also emerged as the most solid economy in the region, with close commercial ties to a wide diversity of nations.

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Start with a high-level introduction to the program. Learn more about the academic program, including academic prerequisites, related on-campus coursework, local learning opportunities, course credit, and cultural events and trips.

As you begin to think about your time abroad, take the time to learn about the things that will surround you. Your meals and accommodations, the local culture, and the daily city life are all important aspects of the program outside of academics that you should experience and learn from.

Important dates including Arrival/Departure, Orientation, First Day of Classes, Finals, and Holidays. Please check these dates carefully when planning your travel to and from the program, and also be aware that some dates are different from those of the corresponding quarter on campus.

Student Ambassadors share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.