Latin America & Caribbean
Fall, Spring
Student Year
Sophomore, Junior
Courses Offered By
College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Keough School of Global Affairs, Mendoza College of Business

The study abroad program in Santiago is an immersive, academically challenging experience packed with adventure and cultural enrichment. The program begins in July during the Fall semester, and in February in the Spring semester, with a three-week immersion session focused on community-building, cultural understanding, and language immersion. Students who participate in this pre-session engage in lessons on Chilean dance, music, art, as well as grammar and vocabulary in both formal and colloquial Chilean Spanish. Following the pre-session, students arrive in the vibrant city of Santiago, where they stay with host families and learn a whole new way of life!

Students in the Santiago program take classes at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (PUC), one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Latin America. Students are required to enroll in Chilean Politics and Society, a course taught by Juan Esteban Montes, director of the Notre Dame Global Center in Santiago. There is a three-semester college-level Spanish requirement for admission into the program; though exceptions exist for those whose native language is Spanish. All majors are welcome to apply.

The program in Chile is ideal for students seeking to significantly improve their Spanish while being able to satisfy a number of University requirements and engaging in meaningful co-curricular activities. Students can opt to sign up for the Poverty and Development class, co-run by the Center for Social Concerns, choose to utilize the program’s established network to engage in research in Astrophysics, using some of the world’s most sought after telescopes, or join one of many athletic and artistic communities in the host institution.

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