Tufts in Chile
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 Pontifica 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 four 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
The Pontifica 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
Preference will be given to students who have taken
coursework on Latin America or have shown, in other
ways, an interest in the region.
Program Fee 2012-2013
$28,996 for a semester,
$57,992 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;
- Participation in extracurricular activities at the
University of Chile;
- Cultural events and excursions;
- Allowance for books and photocopies.