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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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 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
July 24, 2019 Chile, Weon!
My Spanish skills greatly improved! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 30, 2019 An Amazing Experience
Besides my improvements in Spanish and my increased worldly knowledge, I learned a great deal about myself, making the experience extremely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
About another country - Wellesley College View Entire Review
January 22, 2019 Growing Into Myself
I learned more about myself, my passions, my strengths, and my needs. It was nice learning how to thrive in a foreign environment, and to do something out of my comfort zone. More than academic or social experiences, I think the personal experience of going through this process helped me grow a lot as a person. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned a lot about being out of my comfort zone. Yes it was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Rollercoaster!
I learned how to power through discomfort and feeling different! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Santiago
I learned a lot about Chilean marine and terrestrial life through my marine biology courses and internship, and of course learned a new dialect of Spanish. However I would not say my semester was particularly worthwhile. - Middlebury 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
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
It was absolutely worthwhile. My Spanish improved immensely and I feel so much more comfortable with it. I also feel more comfortable advocating for myself, given that I had to do it all year in a second language. I made amazing friends, both Chilean and from my program, that I can’t imagine my life without now. It also was so h... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I stepped out of my comfort zone every time I went to a new activity or decided to spend time exploring the city. I didn't notice at first, but my Spanish listening and speaking skills have improved and I can understand/speak the unique Chilean jargon. I would say that this is one of the outcomes that I am most proud of. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Solidified my control over Spanish, became more independent, saw some really cool places - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile and there is no way I could have learned the things I learned in any university experience at home. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I felt more self-sufficient and independent by the end of it, learned a lot about Chile, and improved my Spanish. I think it is incredible to be able to spend 5 months in a foreign country. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It is absolutely worthwhile - I gained a bolstered sense of independence and adaptability, the confidence to continue traveling and immersing myself in foreign environments, and a profound connection with Chilean culture and Latin American relations in general. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to be flexible and roll with the punches. There were many situations where you could easily become frustrated, but sometimes I had to choose to have a more positive outlook in order to learn from the experience and push myself forwards. I also learned that it's ok to depend on other people, in fact it's very normal an... - Middlebury 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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