Study Abroad at Chilean Universities Program, Santiago
Located in the vibrant, economic and cultural heart of Chile, the Chilean Universities Program, Santiago combines excellent academics with big city attractions.
What is the academic structure of the Chilean Universities Program?
What program courses does IFSA-Butler offer?
Advanced Spanish: Grammar, Composition and Conversation (4 U.S. semester credit hours)This mandatory Spanish class is designed for especially for IFSA-Butler students on the Chilean Universities Program in Santiago. The main objective of this course is improving communicative competence and precision in speaking, listening, reading and writing (both formally and informally), while also taking integrating elements of Latin American and Chilean culture. Chilean instructors teach the course, which lasts the duration of the semester.
History and Society in Contemporary Chile (4 U.S. semester credit hours)This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of Chilean history and society. Through a multidisciplinary view, the course will cover the social, political and economic history of the country during the 20th century in order to allow students to discover why Chile has developed into the country that it is today.
Directed Research Project (6 U.S. semester credit hours)Students who have a special interest in a particular subject area may opt to complete a directed research project. By working closely with IFSA-Butler staff and Chilean university faculty members, students will be able to develop a substantial research project by the end of the semester. Students will attend methodology seminars and meet with their research sponsor during the semester. See the "Directed Research" tab for more detailed information.
Universidad de Chile
Engineering, political sciences, agricultural science, theology, arts, literature, history and aesthetics are the most popular subject areas studied by former IFSA-Butler students here. Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology
Undergraduate students at the PUC formed a welcoming committee to organize social and cultural activities for international students, in addition to introducing them to campus life. At present, IFSA-Butler students have participated in barbeques (choripanadas), theater outings, a visit to a vineyard and a rafting trip thanks to the organization. Members also sponsor an international festival every semester, where international students represent their home country by preparing typical food.
Universidad Diego Portales
What university courses am I eligible to take?
Keep the following in mind:
Where can I find a list of courses that the host universities offer?
Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile
Universidad Diego Portales
If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for more information. Course availability changes every semester.
*Students can choose to take all of their classes at one university or can divide them up between any of the four universities.
How are courses at Chilean universities different from the courses at my U.S. university?
Additionally, you might notice that your Chilean classmates know each other very well. This is because students enroll in carreras rather than majors. Carreras are similar to majors in the United States but with a more structured program of study and fewer elective courses. Students from the same carrera enroll in the same courses together during their entire undergraduate career.
I need to provide course descriptions and/or syllabi to my home university advisor. Where can I find those?
Please limit your request to 10 courses at a time. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to a month to obtain this information.
Courses Taught in English
Below is a sample of some of the business and economics courses taught in English at the Universidad de Chile. IFSA students are integrated with Chilean degree students. During orientation in Chile, our resident director in Santiago will discuss these courses and the process for registering for them. IFSA-Butler students may take only one course taught in English. Course availability varies per semester.
If you think you may want to take one of these courses, be sure you have permission from your home college academic advisor to take a course in English while in Chile.
How will I register for courses?
What are the registration conditions?
All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. Students are not allowed to register for on-line, distance education or hybrid courses. See the "Academics" and "Program Fees and Financial Aid" sections in Preparing to Study Abroad for more information.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Academic TutorsWhat if I need academic help during the semester?
In addition to the formal Spanish class, IFSA-Butler can organize tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester or year. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Please speak with the IFSA-Butler resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.
Areas of StudyOn the Chilean Universities Program, Santiago, you are able to take university courses in a wide range of subject areas. Most departments at all four partner universities are open to IFSA-Butler students. See the "University Courses" tab for more information on departmental and course restrictions. IFSA-Butler hopes that students will be able to take courses for their U.S. institution degree requirements in order to stay on track for graduation.
Following is a sample list of courses that previous IFSA-Butler students have taken in Santiago during past semesters. Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list. There are hundreds of courses in Santiago from which you can choose. To see full course listings that may be available during your study abroad semester, click on the "University Courses" tab to access the online course catalogs for each university.
Popular Subjects and Courses*
* All courses listed on this page were available to IFSA-Butler students during previous semesters on the Chilean Universities Program, Santiago. IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that a course listed here or on the universities' online course catalog will be available or open to IFSA-Butler students during future study abroad semesters. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor if you have questions about course availability.
The opportunity to study in great detail current events and issues of importance to individual countries, Latin America as a whole and even the global society is one of the strengths of the faculty and associated researchers affiliated with the CUP directed research project.
Click here to download more specific information regarding the optional Directed Research opportunity.
Each semester, a small number of highly qualified participants in our programs opt to conduct in-depth research on a contemporary issue of their choosing. Students work closely with IFSA-Butler staff to hone their proposals and identify suitable faculty sponsors to guide their work. Before students begin to conduct interviews and collect data, they attend two mandatory sessions on research methodology taught by a local faculty member. During the course of their research, students are also required to meet with their faculty sponsor every 15 days to assess progress and garner further advice.
The research component is designed individually for each participant on the basis of past academic work, research skills and area of personal research interest. The directed research project carries 6 U.S. semester credit hours.
The directed research opportunity is optional for all program students. If you would like to participate, complete the Directed Research Proposal form under the Forms tab and return it to IFSA-Butler by email, fax or regular mail.
Study abroad is much more than academics. Learning takes place not only during class, but 24 hours a day. One of the best out-of-class experiences is the homestay, which is a vital, required component of the IFSA-Butler program. One IFSA-Butler student is placed with a carefully selected, program approved host family for the duration of the study abroad semester or year.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
When will I receive my housing assignment?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Living and Studying in Santiago
Population: 6.5 million
Dates & Fees
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* University orientations are administered primarily or in part by IFSA-Butler staff in Chile.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program Ends.” If you have academic obligations after this date, let the IFSA-Butler staff know so they can arrange an extended stay with your host family.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Chile, exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals. Students will not receive extra time to complete exams.
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Meals: The program fee includes three meals per day.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Chile:
Program Advisor Jennifer McKibben assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Jennifer studied abroad in Costa Rica for a year through an IFSA-Butler program. After completing her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Butler University, she moved to Costa Rica for three years to immerse herself in the culture and pursue a Master’s degree in Spanish-English Translation at Universidad Nacional. She is very passionate about helping students have impactful, enriching experiences abroad. Jennifer currently advises students planning to study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. She can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4264.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our resident director. Click here to read more about Resident Director Isabel Yévenes.
Volunteering while studying abroad in Santiago is an enriching experience, both personally and academically. Students report that even volunteering a few hours per week enhanced their study abroad experience by providing them with access to the local culture and a deeper understanding of problems that face the country. Opportunities to volunteer are available for IFSA-Butler students in many different fields as you can see below.
IFSA-Butler has prepared a list of places where you, as a visiting student, could volunteer to do social service. While this is purely optional, a commitment on your part is needed in order to arrange a placement. Volunteering does not earn academic credit and will not appear on your Butler University transcript.
Examples of places where students can be placed:
This is just a sample of the volunteer opportunities available to our students, and these may change from semester to semester. If you have specific interests, please discuss them with your program advisor, who can research other opportunities that may be available in your area of interest. Your program advisor can help you determine opportunities that fit your interests (if they are not listed above), but you will not sign up for a volunteer placement until orientation.