CSB/SJU students on the Chile program study in Viña del Mar, also known as the "Garden City", located 70 miles west of Chile's capitol, Santiago. Picturesque beaches, lakes, and mountains surround Viña del Mar. Adjacent to Viña del Mar is Valparaiso, the most important port of Chile and in the South American Pacific. This region is well known for its wines and agricultural products.
- Excellent location for students working to perfect their Spanish language skills in the classroom, at the homestay, and around Chile.
- Excursions include Santiago, Isla Negra, and a week long trip to the north or south of Chile.
- Each student on the Chile program participates in volunteer work as a part of the program, engaging in the community in different capacities.
Students attend classes at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), a private university beautifully located, with an extraordinary view of the bay, only 10 minutes from downtown. CSB/SJU students take one course (Study Abroad Seminar) from their CSB/SJU faculty director. In addition, students choose from a wide array of courses in fine arts, literature, history, politics, or advanced grammar. The Chile program offers students the unique opportunity to either take classes offered exclusively for CSB/SJU students, or to add in one to two courses from the complete UAI curriculum, giving students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of subjects alongside Chilean students!
Experiential Learning and Activities
Students on the Chile program have a myriad of opportunities to engage with the local community - everything from from playing on a UAI club or intramural sports team to learning to dance the Chilean cueca or enjoying traditional asado (barbecue) with their host family. A hallmark of the Chile study abroad experience is that service learning is built in to the study abroad seminar course. Students have worked with young people at local orphanages and schools, helped with home-building and construction projects, and supported women entrepreneurs through a micro-finance program. While specific placements change every year, the service learning component of the Chile program ensures that students are actively engaged with Chilean culture.
Participants live in Chilean homes. Students will be provided with meals (three meals a day, seven days per week) and laundry. This arrangement for meals in Chilean homes for the duration of the academic program is included in the cost of the program; however, meals on excursions will be at the students' expense.
The approximate program dates for Chile are late July to early December.
For more information on the Program Fees for this program, please refer to the Chile program brochure. Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure. This brochure includes estimates of what past participants have spent on this program, along with details about scholarships and financial aid.