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CIEE: Santiago, Chile- Liberal Arts
Your Host City: Santiago
The Chilean capital, Santiago, was founded as a Spanish colony in the sixteenth century. Today, it has a population of almost five million, making it South America’s fifth-largest city. Santiago has hot and dry summers (November to March) and colder, wet winters, with occasional snow. Its spectacular location, set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, has one of South America’s most comprehensive metro systems. The city is also very eco-friendly, filled with numerous parks and a network of urban bike trails. Barrio Bellavista is a bohemian district where you’ll find lively cafés, music, and art galleries. Both the beach and the ski slopes are readily accessible from the city.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
You will take up to two content courses with CIEE, one Spanish language class and two to three direct enroll classes at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, or Universidad Diego Portales. CIEE content courses include Chilean society, Spanish language, and Human Rights. The reality of the academic system in Chile is such that course listings and availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. The final list of courses is available during the first two weeks of the program in Santiago. Although a limited offering of English-taught courses is offered, CIEE participants must not enroll in these courses due to our goal of complete language immersion. The host institutions offer a wide range of courses in many disciplines, including agronomy, architecture, biology, business administration, chemistry, cinema, dance, economics, engineering, environmental studies, fine arts, foreign languages, geography, international relations, law, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, public health, public policy, sociology, theater, and zoology.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 15-18 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late July – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-February – Mid-July
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be placed in a homestay with a Chilean family. Housing, three meals per day and laundry services are included in the program fee. Please note that for Academic Year students following the July-July program are responsible for the cost of housing and meals during the December-March break.
Access to the internet in computer labs at PUC and Universidad de Chile is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at internet cafes throughout Santiago. Although only a small percentage of host families have Internet access in their homes, students are still encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops.
Program Cost: 2014-2015
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the CIEE: Santiago Expenses Worksheet:
CIEE Santiago Chile Spring 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Center for Global Education Global Reach Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Center for Global Education Diversity Scholarship- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.