Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Santiago

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In the School in Chile, students have the option of directly enrolling in nine different universities in six distinct locations.  Each city--Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia, and Valparaíso--has its own unique local flavor, and of... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.3
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March 21, 2024 I Love Chile
Worthwhile, learned a ton about myself and host country, furthered my Spanish skills - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to be more confident in social and professional settings in Spanish. I learned to navigate feelings of not fitting in and finding things that brought me joy despite feelings of frustration. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I do think it was worthwhile in terms of language and culture acquisition. However, it was expensive, stressful, difficult, and oftentimes I felt lonely and sad. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Met cool people, learned more about myself and my values, and pushed myself out of my comfort zone, especially socially. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about topics specific to Chile that would have been difficult for me to learn about in the US. It was more difficult to make connections with locals than I expected but I was still able to make some. - Vassar College View Entire Review
Improvement regarding Spanish ability Experience of a different culture - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 20, 2023 Atacama To Antarctica
I was able to really dive into the host culture and live as a student abroad. I made lasting relationships and memories that I will treasure. Definitely worthwhile! - Wellesley College View Entire Review
improved my Spanish, learned how to spend money living in a city, navigating a city, safety - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 30, 2022 Time To Think
Yes, I felt as if I had the time and space to think about many things, and that I definitely know myself better now because of it. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
I think I definitely grew as a person and learned to become more independent and confident during my semester abroad. I also obviously improved greatly in my Spanish language skills from the expectation that we used the language at all times while abroad. In my experience specifically with the civil unrest and protests that occu... - Amherst College View Entire Review
I learned the most from my personal conversations with international students from Latin America. We spoke of our mental health, our political beliefs, and the violence we witnessed. Though it was a very valuable experience, it was frightening and cost many students a few credits. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained very valuable experience speaking with native Spanish speakers that were my age. I learned lots about myself as well that I would not have gained were I not a Hispanic student. It was quite a worthwhile experience! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Confidence in Spanish and independence living in a city alone. - Colby College View Entire Review
I learned to adapt to very different ways of doing school and living that were different. I was able to be less socially anxious as the Chilean students were incredibly welcoming and sweet. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I improved my spanish skills and increased my confidence in traveling alone. - Haverford College View Entire Review
Getting to know a family in a different country is a great experience that was enough to make the program worth it. Being open to meeting total strangers is also a valuable skill/lesson. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to enjoy my life more. To travel and realize that there is so much more out there than just Haverford. - Haverford College View Entire Review
August 05, 2023 Una Gran Aventura
My Spanish improved a lot and I got great professional experience through my internship. I also got more independent and had a lot of fun. Definitely worthwhile! - Haverford College View Entire Review
January 30, 2023 Best Semester Ever <3
I learned how to be more independent and take responsibility for my well-being. I also tapped into my love of exploration and embraced my curiosity. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
September 07, 2022 Santiago Love <3
It was very worthwhile, I learned a more beautiful way of life and a lot of how I build and maintain relationships. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
As mentioned previously, I became much more self-reliant while here. Not only that but my self-esteem also grew because I proved to myself that I could do things I was previously scared to do like asking strangers for help. I am equally satisfied with how much I learned about Chile as a country. Between my culture classes (which... - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
I found it especially enriching for the culture, I particularly enjoyed any conversation at the dinner table about traditions and customs and how it differed/resembled my own cultural values - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I got to practice speaking Spanish and gained confidence in the language. I also learned a lot about social movements and societal issues in Chile and Latin America. It was eye opening. - Haverford College View Entire Review
Spanish fluency, cultural immersion, many instances outside of my comfort zone! Yes, very worthwhile. - Haverford College View Entire Review
I learned about my own confidence, strength, and self-advocacy. I also learned how to navigate a foreign country, meet people, ask for help, and adapt to a new culture. This experience was completely worthwhile and I wish I could do it again. - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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In the School in Chile, students have the option of directly enrolling in nine different universities in six distinct locations.  Each city--Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia, and Valparaíso--has its own unique local flavor, and oftentimes its own climate. Students should be prepared for the different educational environment in Chile.  Classes are generally large and lecture based with less emphasis placed on class participation.  The universities located in the smaller metropolitan areas often have fewer international students and therefore a more authentic Chilean educational experience.

Known for its quality courses and non-political atmosphere, international students find themselves in the company of foreigners at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile where students have the opportunity to study at Chile's leading private institution while living in a thriving metropolis.  A full selection of liberal arts courses is available; choose the semester of your preference (spring is primero semestre, fall, segundo semestre) and then download “programacion” to access a list of current courses. Please check that the file that you are downloading corresponds to the upcoming semester you are applying to. 

In contrast to Pontificia, the students at Universidad de Chile, a public university, take their political involvement seriously since the return of civilian governance to Chile in 1990.  There is a full curriculum available to the students, but due to the nature of the sprawling campus, it is easier for students to take all of their courses within one facultad.  For available courses, select a facultades e institutos from the left, select a facultad (usually ciencias sociales or filosofía y humanidades), which will redirect you to the website of the faculty chosen. If you are in Ciencias Sociales, select pregrado and programas de asignaturas to see the courses offered the current year or mallas curriculares to get a general overview of the courses offered within each major.



Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Chemistry
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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