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The Tufts-in-Chile program allows students to study at the University of Chile in Santiago, one of the region's leading universities, for the fall semester or the academic year. Students are urged to stay for an academic year, and admission preference is given to students applying for the full year. Additionally, full-year students may take courses during the spring semester at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Since the restoration of democracy in 1990, Chile has regained its place as a regional model of stable democracy, economic prosperity and social concern, and has signed a free trade treaty with the United States. It is a country of great natural beauty, with climates that range from tropical to antarctic, and landscapes that include the world's driest desert and the hemisphere's highest mountain. It has rocky coasts and beaches that recall California, verdant valleys that seem Mediterranean, upland forests that resemble the Alps and fjords that evoke Norway—along with something all its own. Its population is predominantly European in origin, but with significant indigenous groups in the north and south, and a large population of mixed descent.

Santiago, Chile’s capital, is a metropolis of 7 million set in a valley 2000 feet up in the foothills of the Andes in central Chile. It is the transportation hub of the country, with easy access to both north and south, two hours from world-class Andean ski resorts and an equal distance to famous Pacific beaches. Santiago is one of Latin America’s leading intellectual and cultural centers, the home of many United Nations and other international organizations and a vibrant center for the performing and visual arts.

The University of Chile, founded in 1738, is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It includes thirteen faculties that range from arts and sciences to law and medicine. The university has 23,000 undergraduate students and 55 libraries that contain some two million volumes, divided among the various departments. Students are fully integrated into the life of the university and able to take regular courses in any of its faculties, which are located in five campuses accessible by public transportation that includes a subway as well as buses. The faculties of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences are all located on the same Juan Gomez Millas campus.

The Pontificia Universidad Católica, founded in 1888, was granted academic autonomy by the Chilean government in 1931. It is a private (with public support) urban, multi-campus university. Its 18 faculties are distributed across four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus in southern Chile.

Director: Carmen Gloria Guińez, B.A., Mass Communications, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Organizational Communication/Public Relations, California State University, Hayward.

The resident director advises students on academic and extra-curricular activities, arranges for homestays with Chilean families and organizes special trips and activities. A full-time Tufts professor serves as a faculty adviser for the Tufts-in-Chile program.

The Tufts-in-Chile program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who meet the requirements listed here. Additionally, since students will be taking regular courses at the university, fluency in Spanish is important, and participants are expected to have completed Spanish 21 and 22 (Composition and Conversation) or the equivalent to six semesters of college-level Spanish.

The program should be of particular interest to students in Latin American studies, international relations, environmental studies and the social sciences, but the university's course offerings are comprehensive and interested students from all majors are invited to apply.

Preference will be given to students who have taken coursework on Latin America or have shown, in other ways, an interest in the region.

Comprehensive Program Fee 2014-2015
$30,912 for fall semester,
$61,823 for the academic year includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Santiago from a city in the continental United States;
  • Twelve-day orientation;
  • Full room and board, semester break excluded (full-year program). Laundry is also provided by host family;
  • Full tuition and fees at the University of Chile;
  • Extracurricular activities at the University of Chile;
  • Cultural events and excursions;
  • Allowance for books and photocopies.
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