Study Abroad in Chile
Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas and Easter Island in Oceania.
The northern Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper and nitrates. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources. This area is also the historical center from which Chile expanded in the late 19th century, when it integrated the northern and southern regions.
Southern Chile is rich in forests, grazing lands and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands. The Andes Mountains are located on the eastern border.
*Video courtesy of Chile Travel Channel
- Must be between the ages of 15 and 17
- 2 years of high school Spanish recommended, but not required
- 2 week intensive language course available for those with less Spanish experience
- Placed with volunteer host family
- 10 or 5 month program starts at the end of February
- 1 month program starts in January or June
- School year starts in March
- January Application Deadline: November 1st
- June Semester Application Deadline: April 1st
- Academic Year – $14,500
- Semester – $12,500
- 1 month – $5,660
Plus health/liability insurance – $80/month
$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**
High School System
Secondary school (enseñanza media) provides students with more specialized training than their basic education and prepares them for university or vocational training. The four years of required secondary school are divided into two, two-year cycles, the curriculum containing required and optional subjects.
During secondary school, the required subjects are:
- Language and communication
- Science (physics, chemistry and biology)
- Social science
- Physical education
- Visual or musical arts
- Technology, the first two years
- Philosophy and psychology, the last two years
Students who achieve passing grades are awarded a graduate of secondary education (Licenciado en Enseñanza Media) certificate, enabling them access to higher education or to undergo specialized vocational training upon completion of secondary school.
Public high school acceptance
Volunteer host family placement in Marga Marga County
Visa support documents
Domestic transportation to host family
Local orientation after arrival
Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Chile
24-hour emergency support
Program Does Not Include
Public transportation to and from school
School textbooks, school lunches, and school uniforms
Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
Optional group excursions
Passport/visa/resident card fees
Personal spending money