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Program Description

Overview


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   Quick Facts

  • Improve your Spanish through intensive language courses, immersion in Spanish culture, volunteering opportunities, and excursions.
  • Experience Santiago's diverse cultural blend of Native, Spanish, and international residents.
  • Explore the outstanding natural beauty of a country flanked by the Andes and the Pacific.
  • Enjoy the benefits of a large urban city that has preserved the hopitality and accessiblity of a small community.

Location

Chile- City View USAC
Chile- Moneda USAC
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Location Details

Santiago's urban and natural framework, its mountainous terrain, and its proximity to Chile's central coastline are ideal for experiencing the nature and culture of the most southern country in the world. Santiago is flanked on the east by the lofty Cordillera de Los Andes with its snow-covered peaks, and on the west by the Cordillera de la Costa. It is a city of contrasts: its colonial vestiges and 19th century buildings stand side by side with modern skyscrapers; its long shady avenues mingle with busy roads; and its plazas and parks are tranquil oases in the midst of the bustling metropolis. Although immersed in the hectic rhythm of this thriving city, its inhabitants maintain their hospitality toward foreigners. Leading Chile's considerable cultural endeavors, Santiago boasts symphony orchestras, major dance companies, a host of professional theare groups, a full slate of concerts and movie theatres, and attractive craft markets. Today Santiago has more than 5 million inhabitants, a third of the country's population.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa* for programs less than 90 days. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

Universidad Andrés Bello has approximately 30,000 students and is widely regarded as one of Chile’s most important private universities. USAC classes and the office are located at the downtown Santiago campus, conveniently situated along the subway line. Students will enroll in at least 3 credits and up to 5 credits per summer session during their program. Available courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Make sure to check USAC's website to determine what courses will be available during your summer session(s) in Santiago.

At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session.  Students persuing session II of the summer program only should have completed at least one semester of college level Spanish prior to participating.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades
The USAC Santiago program follows U.S. grading and credit standards. Attendance requirements are strict and missed classes may impact grades.
 
  USAC Study Center ASU
Course Levels USAC 100 & 200 level courses Lower division
USAC 300 & 400 level courses Upper division
Credit 3 credits* 3 credits*
*Courses offered may vary in credit amount. USAC classes will convert to ASU credit on a 1:1 basis.
Chile- Campus USAC
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Housing

Chile- Room USAC
Chile- Homestay USAC
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Program Housing

USAC helps to facilitate homestay placements for students who are interested. Host families are located within a 30- to 50-minute commute to the university and will provide you with a room and breakfast and dinner daily. Lunch is available in the university neighborhood at a modest cost. Boarding with a family provides an unmatched opportunity for practicing your Spanish and learning Chilean culture and customs.

Staying in a homestay in Santiago will provide you with a synthesis of a big Latin American capital city coupled with the atmosphere of a local Chilean neighborhood; the neighborhoods of Providencia, Las Condes, and Ñuñoa mix residences and offices with small streets and expansive avenues, commercial centers, traditional boutiques, parks, and plazas.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Chile, most public buildings do not comply with legal accessibility mandates. The public transportation system does not adequately provide accessibility for persons with disabilities. As a result, while abroad, students with disabilities may find it less accommodating and will find accessibility to be different than in the United States.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Chile, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.