Daniel Bergerson, CC'17

Street in Chile

IFSA in Chile: Santiago Universities Program

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Directly enroll at one of several institutions in Santiago, ChileĀ 

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


Consider enrolling in the IFSA in Chile: Santiago Universities Program. In order to participate, you need to complete through Intermediate Spanish II, or the equivalent, prior to departure. As a participant, you are able to choose courses from up to three universities in Santiago. To ensure academic success, you are paired with a language partner to answer any language and academic questions or concerns that you may have throughout the term.

Santiago, with a population of 6 million, is the urban heart of Chile and offers you many events and cultural opportunities as well as easy transportation to other regions of Chile.

Academic Program

During the semester, you enroll in an IFSA language course as well as several courses at three universities in Santiago. A wide range of coursework is offered across the three universities. Common courses that students take include: the arts, history, literature, political science, psychology, religion and sociology.

Program Features

While in Santiago, you live with a host family and can get involved with the local community through volunteer projects, campus groups, and activities. The homestay allows you to practice your Spanish in a more casual environment than the classroom while gaining insight into the daily life of Chileans.

Day trips are also available throughout the semester with IFSA staffmembers to further your understanding of Chile.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters of language, or equivalent (Intermediate sequence)
Latin America and the Caribbean
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021