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Aerial view of the financial district with mountains in the background in Santiago, Chile.

Program at a Glance

Multiple Universities

Country Chile
City Santiago
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In Spanish
Language Prereq yes
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About The Program

Take courses in your major with Chilean students at either of Chile’s top two universities. A starter language program and multiple themed excursions enhance courses. UCEAP helps facilitate internships with NGOs as well as government, human rights and indigenous organizations. The School of Engineering at the University of Chile ranks among the highest in Latin America, and the climate is similar to California, which is ideal for studying environmental and agricultural sciences as well as many other subjects.

Where you'll study

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, known simply as La Católica, is always ranked among Chile’s top two or three universities. It is spread across four campuses in Santiago with convenient access to subway stops. La Católica, an open-minded institution with an active student body, does not require religion to attend. With a unified central administration, La Católica functions much like a US university with 16 facultades (roughly equivalent to a college or school). Studying here, in the heart of Santiago, you can build your own study plan to complement your major. In the classrooms, a variety of unique learning experiences await you. Small class sizes (some cap at 30 students) and instructors who encourage dialog make for dynamic classes rather than older-style lectures. In addition, a strong student movement in social causes makes it easy to find and join community service projects.

University of Chile

Most Chilean thought leaders—including a former president—are alumni of the University of Chile. Serving all majors, this top research institution allows you to craft your own course schedule. The university has five campuses and many interdisciplinary centers spread throughout Santiago and the country. Using the city of Santiago as an extended campus, research can take you from the towering Andes mountains to deep green forests and turquoise lakes. With a budding high-tech industry and sustainability culture, Santiago also offers STEM majors the perfect match in the University of Chile. It teaches the use of scientific method to generate ideas that will solve critical national issues like childhood malnutrition, natural resource management, and engineering for earthquakes. Surrounding cultural venues like museums, theaters, and sports centers complement the immersive education you’ll receive in class.


The study center arranges field trips and activities to introduce the local culture and special features of your host country. There may be other optional excursions, which you can explore after arrival.

Poets tour to cities like Cartagena

Valparaíso graffiti and street art tour

Ceramics workshop in Pomaire

Trip to an indigenous Mapuche house

Intern in an organic garden