IFSA Chilean Universities Program, Santiago

Santiago, Chile


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite

5 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1st

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Chilean Universities Program, Santiago

Mix and match classes from among Latin America's top universities for business, history, sociology (and more) during the day, while taking in a vibrant, modern art scene by night. Want to be part of the café culture while working on research? You'll find yourself at home in Santiago!

Chilean Universities Program, Santiago Benefits

  • Outstanding academics and unparalleled flexibility in course choice—you will choose courses from three top universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile and Universidad Diego Portales
  • Located in the vibrant capital city of Chile, named first among Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018 Top Countries 
  • Live like a local—take university classes integrated with degree-seeking Chilean students and live with a carefully selected Chilean host family
  • You will have the opportunity to be paired with a language partner for conversational practice along with having access to academic tutors throughout the semester
  • You may choose to do a directed research project or take History and Society in Contemporary Chile
  • Give back to the community through one of many volunteer opportunities 

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Chilean Universities Program, Santiago

We offer semester and full year study on the Chilean Universities Program in Santiago, where you'll take classes alongside local students at up to 3 different universities: the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile and Universidad Diego Portales. To complement your learning, we offer two exclusively-designed program courses and a directed research project option. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today.
  • Advanced Spanish: Grammar, Composition and Conversation (4 U.S. semester credit hours) This mandatory Spanish class is designed for especially for IFSA 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 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.

To complete your courseload alongside Chilean students at our local partner universities, you can explore each of the three universities' online course catalogs. Keep in mind that these listings are provisional.

Universidad de Chile
Browse through classes offered in previous semesters.

  • You can browse by Primer Semestre (US Spring) and Segundo Semestre (US Fall).
  • Courses listed are not guaranteed to be offered for your time abroad, but this will give you a good idea of what can be offered.
  • All course schedules are provisional until you arrive in Chile.

View the list of all majors offered at U.Chile.

  • Select a major (carrera) of your interest.
  • Scroll down to the middle of the page for the "Programa de Estudio" and corresponding courses.

Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile
Access PUCC's online course catalog from the previous semester.

  • You can browse by Primer Semestre (US Spring) and Segundo Semestre (US Fall).
  • You can narrow down a search by "Escuela."
  • All course schedules are provisional until you arrive in Chile.

View the list of all majors offered at PUCC.

  • Click on a major (carrera) of your interest.
  • Select the most recent year.
  • This malla curricular (degree plan) will show you a list of courses required for that major at the university

Universidad Diego Portales

  1. Click here to access UDP's online course catalog.
  2. Click on the Facultad in which you are interested.
  3. On the top, left-hand side of the page, click on the link for the "Escuela" to see course listings.
  4. Under Carrera, click on the subject (i.e. Historia)
  5. Click on Malla Curricular to see the core classes for each major. UDP also offers elective classes which you will be able to see during the program orientation in Santaigo.

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 three universities.

Special Curriculum Options
Courses taught in English:
We think you should be living your life in Spanish (after all, you're in Chile!), but we understand that there are some specific courses that might be beneficial to your degree plan in English. Our partner, the Universidad del Chile offers a portfolio of Business and Economics classes taught in English alongside Chilean degree-seeking students. You will only be permitted to enroll in one of these, and our resident director will discuss your options (and how to register) when you arrive.

Example courses:
  • Finance 1 & 2
  • Human Resources Management
  • Intercultural Business Challenges in Latin America
  • Globalization Treaties and Trade Agreements
  • Latin America in the World's Affairs: Strategic Alliances
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics Database Application
  • Micro & Macro Economics
  • Business Skill Sets for a Thriving Global Environment
  • Marketing Metrics
  • International Management
*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. 
Course Restrictions

As an IFSA student, you may enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and space is available. Additionally, you may enroll in open courses as long as you meet any prerequisites and have the adequate level of Spanish. There are no restricted departments for IFSA students at any of the three universities with which we work. You can choose to take all courses at one university or a course at multiple universities associated with the program.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Yearlong courses are open only to students who plan on taking both semesters of the course.
  • Some courses are only offered during certain semesters. If a course includes an odd number to denote the semester it will be offered (i.e. I, III, V, etc.), that means it will be offered during semester 1 (corresponds to the U.S. spring semester). Even numbers correspond to semester 2 (corresponds to the U.S. fall semester).
  • Course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester.
  • Fine art, studio art and music courses may require an audition or a portfolio.
Experiential Learning

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 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.

Click here to download more specific information regarding the optional Directed Research opportunity.

After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Chilean Universities Program, Santiago
Accounting Advertising Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Agriculture American History Anatomy/Physiology Ancient/Medieval History Animal Science / Wildlife Management Animation/Illustration Anthropology Architecture and Design Art Education Art History Asian Studies Astronomy Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Biomedical Science Biotechnology Botany/Plant Science Business Business Law Ceramics Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Classics Communication Science/Disorders Communications Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Creative Writing Cultural Studies Dance Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Electrical/Electronic Engineering Elementary Education English English Literature Entrepreneurship and Innovation Environmental Engineering Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Exercise Science/Kinesiology Film Production Finance Food Science/Nutrition Forestry French Genetics Geography Geology German Graphic Design Health Studies Historic Preservation History History/Philosophy of Science Human Resources Human Rights Human and Child Development Illustration/Drawing Indigenous Studies Industrial Engineering Information Technology International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Journalism Landscape Architecture Latin American Studies Law/Legal Studies Management Management Information Systems Marine Science Marketing Materials Engineering Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Media/Multimedia Studies Microbiology Middle Eastern Studies Midwifery Mining Engineering Molecular and Cellular Biology Museum Studies Music Education Music Performance Music Studies Music Technology Natural Resource Management Neuroscience Nursing Occupational Therapy Painting Pharmacy/Pharmacology Philosophy Photography Physical Education/Sports Studies Physics Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy Poetry Political Science Premedical Public Policy Public Relations Public/Global Health Religious Studies Russian Sculpture Secondary Education Social Policy Social Work Sociology Spanish Special Education Speech Pathology Statistics Student Teaching Studio Art Surveying Telecommunications Theater/Drama Theology Translation Urban Studies Veterinary Studies/Science Viticulture and Oenology Women and Gender Studies World History Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Most meals included
As part of the Chilean Universities Program in Santiago, you will receive three meals per day.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Isabel Yevenes

Resident Director, Santiago, Chile

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Academic Affairs Director

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
July 19, 2018
Program End Date
December 8, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
February 23, 2019
Program End Date
July 13,2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs