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Chile is a long and narrow country, bordered on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Santiago, 60 miles from the coast and the fifth largest city in South America, is home to over six million inhabitants. The capital city of Chile, Santiago, is both modern and dynamic and is the industrial and financial center of Chile and regional headquarters to many multinationals.
CIEE Study Center, affiliated with the Universidad de Chile
Founded in 1842, the Universidad de Chile is one of the country's preeminent public universities with more than 23,000 undergraduate students and a faculty of 5,000. Known as "La Chile," it offers a wide range of courses at 13 faculties located at campuses throughout Santiago. The modern CIEE Study Center, located on the University campus, has student meeting and study areas, classrooms, a computer lab, and wireless access.
Through required and elective coursework, students are afforded the opportunity to study various aspects of local and regional business environments, management practices, entrepreneurship, and sector-specific language within a university environment. Students completing the program are able to demonstrate deeper knowledge and literacy about historical and current trends in the Chilean and Latin American business arenas, as well as the integration and role of Chile within the regional and global marketplaces. Students also develop their capacity for intercultural understanding and the capacity to communicate across cultures with a focus on business communication tools and skills.
All students are required to enroll in: Spanish language, Intercultural Business Challenges in Latin America, one elective business course, and one business or non-business elective.
Classes are for CIEE and international students only, except where students have sufficient language level to enroll in regular University courses.
Accommodations and Meals
Students live in private Chilean homes. The program fee includes housing, three meals per day, and laundry services. Academic and calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the break between semesters, which is approximately two weeks in duration for the calendar year program (February to December) and approximately two months for the academic year program (July to July).
The homestay is essential to the student's learning process and integration into life in Santiago. The opportunity to live with a Chilean family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and to observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses, and for practicing their Spanish language skills. Wherever possible, homestays include at least one member who speaks conversational English, even though the exclusive use of Spanish is strongly encouraged for program participants.
Special Program Features
A four-day orientation session at the beginning of the program introduces students to the city of Santiago, the Universidad de Chile, Chilean culture, and the program. The orientation includes specially-designed sessions on health and safety, local living logistics, and community engagement opportunities.
Community engagement is an important cultural and educational component of this program. CIEE staff arranges group community engagement projects and activities for all participants with various organizations and communities throughout the greater Santiago area. The projects are designed to give students a firsthand look at the challenges facing Santiago and its surrounding areas today. CIEE has an established network of community partnerships with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations.
Community engagement and service activities are linked to the subject matter and learning goals of the program (for example, micro- and small-business development and economic development projects). While these activities are optional, they are included in the program fee in order to foster higher levels of participation. Where possible, these activities may be linked to extra credit earning opportunities in the program's required core course. Students may also arrange to volunteer after school and on weekends.