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UCEAP students are supported by a network of people throughout the world. Your study abroad experience will be guided by trained staff who are there to support you as you prepare to study abroad, while you are abroad, and throughout the program. While on a UCEAP program, all student participants have travel insurance coverage and 24/7 emergency assistance.


On-site support

The study center is located in the historic Campus Oriente (East Campus) of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Three offices surround an open common area. The center features a library and study area providing a quiet place for students to work on class assignments. The intensive language classes will be held at the center. Students are encouraged to drop in anytime to chat or to print course assignments and travel documents.

Talk to study center staff about

  • Courses and academics
  • Internships and research opportunities
  • Healthcare and mental health resources
  • Choosing between a homestay and other rental options
  • What to do and see in Santiago and Chile  

Study center activities may include

  • 1-2-1 Meetings 
  • Group socials (including meals and a farewell event)  
César Noriega-Ramos - Chile SC

César Noriega-Ramos (he/him)

Interim program Manager, Study Center at Campus Oriente of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile

César helps students navigate the academic culture and select courses. He also helps students find housing, prepare their internship applications, and practice their selection interviews.

He says, “Join a student club to meet local Chilean students and make friends who will explore the city of Santiago and the country of Chile with you.”

César hopes students will see their study abroad experience as the opportunity to become independent and confident in their inherent value as well as tolerant toward lifestyles that may be different from what they know now.


To help navigate the transition of leaving home and going abroad, you’ll attend various in-person and online events. At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the staff who will be supporting you while you study abroad. You’ll learn things like:

  • What student services are available at your host location
  • Where to find local health care
  • How and when to register for classes
  • What to do and who to contact in an emergency
  • How to travel to and from where you live to classes
  • How to handle money matters like opening a bank account
  • How to use technology, including your phone, and get access to the Internet

On-site orientations may include a tour of the campus and other local sites to help you settle in. At orientations, you'll also meet other students (local, international, and/or from UC campuses) who will be part of your experience.

Students with dis/Abilities

Students with dis/abilities can and do study abroad. A successful experience is dependent upon careful planning, coordination, and communication.

Focus on programs that best fit your interests, academic goals, and career aspirations. You'll work with the staff at the disability services and study abroad offices on your UC campus. They can help you identify strategies to remain flexible and think creatively about accessibility and realities abroad as some international locations can be different than what you are typically accustomed to in the US. They can also help you get the necessary paperwork you'll need to apply.

After you apply, your UCEAP program specialist will coordinate with the institution abroad and connect you with those who can arrange for an accessible experience. If your needs cannot be accommodated at any point in the process, your advisors will help you choose another program. You will not be alone in this decision.