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Program Highlight: Studying Abroad in Santiago, Chile Study Abroad

Studying abroad in Santiago means enjoying the benefits of a large city that has preserved the hospitality and accessibility of a small community in its intimate neighborhoods. Santiago is one of the five cities with the best quality of life in South America.

This metropolis is surrounded by incredible natural areas and extreme environmental conditions to explore. Delight your taste buds with Chile's tasty cuisine, featuring seafood from the long coastline, fresh meat and abundant fruits and vegetables. Enjoy traditional empanadas and avocado hot dogs, as well as international restaurants throughout the city. There really is something for every student in this city. In particular, students interested in Spanish, Latin American culture, and international studies will find a variety of unique courses and opportunities to explore Chile and Latin America as they work towards their studies.

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Academic focus:

Spanish language, Latin American culture, journalism and international studies

Host University:
Universidad Andres Bello

The University of Andres Bello has about 45,000 students and is considered one of the most important private universities in Chile. The USAC courses and office are located on the campus in downtown Santiago and are easily accessible by tube. It is located in a traditional, peaceful and elegant neighborhood that is rapidly becoming a student district. The mix of high school life and everyday life of the citizens of Santiago opens up an attractive view and experience of this Latin American capital with historical and modern faces.

USAC students use the University's basketball courts in Santiago, Chile, while studying abroad Playing basketball in the gym of the school

Interesting fact:

Chile is home to the Andes with some of the largest active volcanoes in the world and Easter Island.

Best weekend destinations:

Santiago is surrounded by natural beauty and there are countless opportunities to enjoy it, from skiing in El Colorado to tasting in Casablanca. Hike through the Andes or do a number of fun winter activities at the Cajon del Maipo, a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Chile is home to some of the world's most incredible national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Atacama Desert is one of the oldest, largest and driest deserts in the world and looks straight out of a movie scene. The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the eight natural wonders in the world, and with good reason the jade-green glacial pools and amazing peaks can not be surpassed! While you have free weekends we recommend exploring these beautiful places, but USAC staff also offer guided tours and tours to help you get to know your beloved country.

USAC students explore the Atacama Desert during their studies abroad at USAC in Santiago, Chile Exploring the Atacama Desert

Excursions (different depending on the term)

Vina Del Mar & Concón
The coastal town of Viña del Mar with its beautiful gardens, parks, cliffs and beaches with cold water and Concón are among the most attractive cities in the country.

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Ocoa Valley
Hike through the country's most important palm reserve and discover the natural beauty of the Ocoa Valley. The valley is full of biodiversity and has been the source of many of Charles Darwin's research in South America.

USAC students in the Ocoa Valley during an excursion with USAC On an excursion to Ocoa Valley

Valparaiso
"Valpo" is one of the most original cities in Latin America with a colorful, Bohemian grapevine and a breathtaking architecture that stems from European immigration in the 19th century. The transport with elevators on steep slopes makes the city even more unique.

USAC students posing for a photo in Valparaiso, Chile, during a stay abroad Before the staircase "We are Happies" in Valparaiso is always time for a photo

Pomaire
Known as one of the most important ceramics centers in the country, Pomaire is an urban and cultural synthesis of ancient indigenous communities.

Northern Chile Tour & Field Study
This tour includes trips to the village of San Pedro; the oasis cities of Toconao; Places of the native Atacama culture; Guided tours of the Moon Valley, the flamingo lagoons in the salt pans and the Andes Antiplain lakes; a nightly astronomical session in the desert; an exploration of the cactus valley; and a refreshing visit to the Puritama Spa.

USAC students on North Chile tour and field study while studying abroad in Santiago, Chile Sandboarding during the tour and field study to Northern Chile

Southern Chile Tour & Field Study
This tour includes trips to Puerto Montt and the fishing port of Angelmo; Crossing by ferry to Chiloe Island, the second largest island in South America; Visit to the famous wooden churches of Chiloé, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Cucao National Park and the attractive Punihuil Natural Penguin Reserve; Puerto Varas, the Esmeraldasee, the rapids of the Petrohue River; Rainforest hikes in the Llanquihue region; and funny zip lining on the Phillipi Hills.

USAC students take a boat trip during the South Chile tour as part of their study abroad in Santiago, Chile Take a boat trip during the South Chile tour and the field study

What the students have to say

"I can only recommend studying abroad through the USAC. If you are interested in Latin American politics, economics or geography, Chile is the place for you! Chile has so much to offer that you can visit the Pacific coast, the driest desert in the world, the Andes or Patagonia and the Chilean Antarctic. During my stay in Santiago, I was able to learn about the history of Chile and the entire region of Latin America. I loved being there in the fall semester because I was able to attend the Fiestas Patrias, the independence celebrations in September. During my time there, I was able to do an internship with a local non-profit organization with the help and support of USAC. One of my other favorite parts of my experience was living with a host family and making contacts with a local family. "-Emily

"I chose Chile because I wanted to discover a country and finally fall in love with it, which I knew nothing about before deciding to live and study there. The USAC Santiago program had all the program aspects I was looking for: the ability to keep all my courses in Spanish, the accessibility of travel advice (and the opportunity to travel with friends), and the possibility of living with a host family. I loved my professors (especially Señor Julián Gutiérrez); They were fun in Spanish and surprisingly easier to learn. I loved my program director and my advisors. It was so easy to talk to them and they were always mad to talk and have fun. The friends I have made are all amazing and amazing in their own way (both the local students and the students sharing my experience abroad in Santiago). But my host family was the best aspect of everything; They taught me to cook, corrected my Spanish and accepted me as their own. That was definitely the best part of the whole. "- Bridget

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"Santiago de Chile is an incredible place to study abroad. Santiago is full of history, beautiful architecture and with its unique culture the perfect place to immerse yourself in South America. As far as activities are concerned, there is virtually nothing that Santiago – and especially Chile – can not offer. Within the city there are a variety of museums, beautiful parks, wonderful restaurants, scenic views and other entertainment options. Outside the city are beautiful walks, sea views and even skiing just a weekend away. "- Seth

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