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Chile: Santiago

Santiago Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Spanish language, Latin American and Spanish literature, art, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, chemistry, economics, geology, history, journalism, law, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, theater, theology, urban studies, and women’s studies.

Host Institutions
Universidad de Chile
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Universidad Diego Portales
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)


Program Dates
Fall semester: mid-July to mid-December. Spring semester: mid-February to early July.

CIEE: Liberal Arts

Located at the foot of the Andes mountain range, Santiago, a city of four million people, possesses a Mediterranean climate similar to Los Angeles. Santiago is Chile's political, economic, and culture center; this modern, bustling city with European-style public transportation contrasts sharply with many of the towns further outside of the capitol. Chile’s relatively recent return to democracy and the legacy of Pinochet, as well as the ongoing efforts to maintain the nation’s successful economic status while neighboring countries in South America face increasing difficulties, remain significant issues for Santiagueños. 

The Liberal Arts Program in Santiago is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). The program is designed for advanced students of Spanish and fully integrates participants into university life. Students select courses at the country’s three foremost universities, the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Universidad Diego Portales.  CIEE also assists students interested in volunteering with local organizations while living in Santiago.

Academic Program

During the semester, students enroll in the CIEE core course, Human Rights in Chile (1.0 Pomona credit); the CIEE language course, Advanced Spanish (1.0 Pomona credit); and courses at either the Universidad de Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, or the Universidad Diego Portales. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 semester credits in order to receive 4.0 Pomona credits.

Pomona students may not enroll in university courses taught in English.

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

The program also includes visits to historical and cultural sites of Santiago and excursions to places of interest in Chile.

Living Arrangements

Students live and take their meals in Chilean homes.

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. 


  • Completion of an upper-division Spanish course (100 level or higher), or the equivalent.
  • 8.25 GPA required.

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