Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

CIEE – Valparaíso and Santiago, Chile


Program Location: Valparaíso, Chile and Santiago, Chile
Duration: Fall, Spring, or Year
(Note: The academic year generally begins in February south of the equator.)
Program Dates:

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

Map courtesy of CIA World Factbook


Program Overview

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 participate in a program orientation upon arrival, have the opportunity to visit various sights, including museums and tours, and can take part in non-credit volunteerism. Clark is supporting these programs primarily for students with majors and interest in Spanish language and Chilean culture. The programs are good for students majoring in the Arts, Business, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Journalism, Theater, and Spanish. All instruction is in Spanish.

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.

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.

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.

Clark Credit:

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.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE study abroad program requirements in Valparaiso or Santiago, Chile. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs:

There is a $1000 Study Abroad and Study Away fee. Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not included. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees while in Chile for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. 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 fall and mid-December for the spring.  The exact due date will appear on your bill.  Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2016-17

  • Housing and Meals (host family) - $3295 (Santiago and Valparaiso)
  • Visa Fees - $ 160
  • *Personal Expenses - $1,800
  • Airfare (based on East Coast departure) - $1,100
  • Local Transportation - $350
  • Books and supplies - $250
  • Insurance - $118
  • Potential travel to consulate for visa - $500
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.