Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Valparaíso or Santiago, Chile

Duration: Fall, Spring, or Year
(Note: The academic year generally begins in February south of the equator.)


Program Overview

Chile is a long, narrow country bordered by the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santiago is the fifth largest city in South America, with more than five million people living there. It is a beautiful landscape, with plenty to offer, including hiking, skiing, camping, and horseback riding. Valparaíso is a port city, just a couple of hours from Santiago, and is home to the National Congress. The weather is highly appealing, with the summers reaching 80-90 degrees and the winters staying as warm as 55-65 degrees.

Students are eligible to participate in a full-year or one semester program in either Valparaíso or Santiago through CIEE. These programs provide direct enrolment at a Chilean University (Universidad de Chile, Universidad Católica de Chile, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso). Students will have the opportunity to visit various sights, including museums and tours, and can take part in non-credit volunteerism. 



Santiago Language and Culture – Hosted at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Chile

21 to 22 week semester includes an orientation, 10-day interdisciplinary course as an introduction to contemporary Chilean issues, and mid-semester workshop. All students take the required Contemporary Chile course and follow that with four to six additional courses through the CIEE or the universities. The Universidad de Chile was founded in 1842 and as the country’s major public university, hosts 20,000 students. The Pontificia Universidad is the country’s leading private university, hosting 18,000 students, with few international students. Some students participate in community service and internship opportunities in public and social service sectors (non-credit).

Valparaíso Language and Culture – Hosted at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

The Valparaíso program includes an orientation, one required course related to Chilean issues, and various fieldtrips. In addition, students will enroll in three to four courses at the University. Pontificia Universidad Católilac de Valparaíso was founded in 1928 and hosts approximately 12,000 students. There are various disciplines and courses available to students, provided the standard Spanish speaking skills are met. The campus is generally spread out, with the main building just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Educational field trips, cultural activities, and volunteer opportunities abound are included in the program to increase your cultural understanding.

Participating students receive the equivalent of four units per semester (16 credits), provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. Students must take at least 15 units of credit, for an equivalent of a four-unit Clark semester. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified, with the exception of a very few specialized subjects. All courses will be taken at one of the Universities, requiring a high level of language proficiency. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.

The programs are good for students majoring in the Arts, Business, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Journalism, Theater, and Spanish. All instruction is in Spanish.


Housing & Meals

In order to better understand the culture and further improve language skills, students will participate in the Community Language Commitment by only speaking Spanish at all times. Students live in private Chilean homes, as arranged by the CIEE program staff, where the family is asked to only communicate with the student in Spanish. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be taken in residence.

Program Costs

Clark Spring

Clark Fall

CIEE Chile













Admin Fee








Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17*

    • Passport, visa or residency permit
    • Health insurance
    • Personal Expenses (travel, gifts, going out)
    • Airfare
    • Local Transportation
    • Books and Supplies

*Note: These costs are the responsibility of the student and may vary widely. Check with your program for specific information.


The Fine Print

If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs. You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for fall semester and mid-December for spring semester. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in withdrawal from the program. Clark University is not responsible for any independent travel that is not an official part of the Clark program and Clark does not assist in personal travel arrangements


Additional Resources

Application Information


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE requirements.

Any information on this page is subject to change.

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