Program Overview

The CIEE Study Center in Santiago provides a supportive environment for students who have at least three years of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, to directly enroll in three of Chile's major universities. Given the array of disciplines and courses available to participants, the Liberal Arts program is suitable for undergraduate students from a variety of majors with strong Spanish language skills. All courses are taught in Spanish.

You will be required to take the a two-credit Contemporary Chile course before the start of university courses. During the semester, you will enroll in 4-6 courses selected from CIEE elective courses and university courses.

For academic year students, it is possible to obtain a Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile-issued Latin American Studies Certificate by studying and passing five courses related to Latin American studies.

You will take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Chilean society.

As part of the program, cultural activities and field trips are organized in and around Santiago.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit:  CIEE: Liberal Arts in Santiago

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester201910/1/2018Late FebruaryMid-July
Fall Semester20194/1/2019Late JulyEarly December
Academic Year2019-204/1/2019Late JulyMid-July
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late FebruaryMid-July

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