Study Abroad in Chile

Chile is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas and Easter Island in Oceania.

The northern Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper and nitrates. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agricultural resources. This area is also the historical center from which Chile expanded in the late 19th century, when it integrated the northern and southern regions.

Southern Chile is rich in forests, grazing lands and features a string of volcanoes and lakes. The southern coast is a labyrinth of fjords, inlets, canals, twisting peninsulas, and islands. The Andes Mountains are located on the eastern border.

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Program Details

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 17
  • 2 years of high school Spanish recommended, but not required
  • 2 week intensive language course available for those with less Spanish experience
  • Placed with volunteer host family


  • 10 or 5 month program starts at the end of February
  • 1 month program starts in January or June
  • School year starts in March
  • January Application Deadline: November 1st
  • June Semester Application Deadline: April 1st

Program Costs

  • Academic Year – $14,500
  • Semester – $12,500
  • 1 month – $5,660

Plus health/liability insurance – $80/month
$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

High School System

Secondary school (enseñanza media) provides students with more specialized training than their basic education and prepares them for university or vocational training. The four years of required secondary school are divided into two, two-year cycles, the curriculum containing required and optional subjects.

During secondary school, the required subjects are:

  • Language and communication
  • Mathematics
  • Science (physics, chemistry and biology)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Social science
  • English
  • Physical education
  • Visual or musical arts
  • Technology, the first two years
  • Philosophy and psychology, the last two years

Students who achieve passing grades are awarded a graduate of secondary education (Licenciado en Enseñanza Media) certificate, enabling them access to higher education or to undergo specialized vocational training upon completion of secondary school.

Program Includes

Public high school acceptance

Volunteer host family placement in Marga Marga County

Visa support documents

Pre-departure orientation

Domestic transportation to host family

Local orientation after arrival

Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Chile

24-hour emergency support

Program Does Not Include

International airfare

Public transportation to and from school

School textbooks, school lunches, and school uniforms

Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.

Optional group excursions

Passport/visa/resident card fees

Personal spending money