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CIEE Liberal Arts Program in Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Prerequisite: YES
Degree Level: 3 Junior Time Away:
Housing options: Homestay Program Group: Study Abroad OIP
Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:


CIEE Liberal Arts in Santiago, Chile 

**This program is not running in spring 2021. 

Designed for students with an advanced knowledge of Spanish, CIEE in Santiago allows students the opportunity to take a full course-load of content-based courses in Spanish at one of three top universities in Santiago. To encourage complete cultural immersion, students will live with host families and participate in different activities and excursions throughout the semester. 

The University

Students will enroll in a combination of courses taught by CIEE and at three local universities: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales. These host institutions offer courses across many disciplines, including Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, History, Humanities, and much more. 

The Setting

The metropolis of Santiago is South America’s sixth largest city, and home to more than six million. Located near the center of the long and narrow Chile, Santiago sits in a bowl-shaped valley with the towering Andes mountains nearly always in view. Here you will find world-class cuisine, exotic suburban parks, neoclassical architecture, and all the trappings of a modern economic center.



Students are required to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits for the semester, typically 4-6 courses, in order to transfer back a full course-load to Princeton.

Courses taught at CIEE will follow the CIEE academic calendar and are usually have smaller class sizes and more work throughout the semester. In general, the academic environment of the local university is very different, and the expectation is that students are pro-active, independent, and receive far less guidance from their professors and the university than in the North American university system. Students are required to take all of their courses in Spanish. For more information about academics and course offerings, visit the CIEE website


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. Students almost must have taken at least up to the 107 level of Spanish (207 preferred). 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late July to early December 
Spring Semester: late February to early July 

Please refer to the CIEE website for updated academic calendars.


Homestays offer students the opportunity to live with a Spanish-speaking family and experience the daily life of Santiago. Each student would have their own bedroom, and two meals a day are provided, in addition to laundry service. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. Students who do not receive financial aid will pay all program fees directly to the provider. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Chile. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website. Students should consult with CIEE directly regarding the process for obtaining a Chilean student visa. 

Application Process

Students interested in applying to the CIEE Liberal Arts Program should complete the following steps:

  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the CIEE online application according to CIEE's deadline.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

Notes for Princeton Students:

Please note that Princeton students are only approved to enroll in courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and the Universidad de Chile, in addition to CIEE’s program courses.

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
Fall/Academic Year
  • CIEE application deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Princeton application deadline: April 26, 2019
Spring Semester
  • CIEE application deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Princeton application deadline: October 25, 2019

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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