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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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
Past Review Lonely
how to be more independent - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I improved my Spanish skills significantly, learned about Chilean culture, and enjoyed the courses I took. It was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Necessary.
It was absolutely worthwhile to give me direction in what I want after study abroad and how I want to take my experience and apply it towards a good cause. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Fun In The Smog
How to speak spanish better, was a good respite from middlebury. Definitely worthwhile to go abroad somewhere - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to operate in situations in which I was unsure if myself and my skills. It gave me confidence to attack problems head on despite having limited understanding of the language. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I am much more comfortable with my Spanish, I learned a lot about Chilean culture and university life, and the experience was definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Chile, Weon!
My Spanish skills greatly improved! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
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
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
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
Past Review Challenging
I learned to be independent. - Universidad de Chile / University of Chile View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Santiago
It was absolutely worthwhile. My Spanish improved so much and I really became a part of the culture. The program certainly tested me emotionally and mentally but I had the resources from my program to support me. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, definitely worthwhile. My language skills improved significantly and it was useful for my academic and professional futures. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I learned both about myself and about Chilean culture. I experienced city life for the first time and figured out how to manuever in a place where I was the minority. I learned how kind and selfless people are, how important it is to ask for help and gained a sense of humility. I also gained perspective on the value of another c... - Saint Michael's College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile to study abroad. Got to travel, new people, new experiences. I had a good experience. It was fun to live as an adult in a different country and make a home for myself there. Helped to improve my Spanish, learned about a foreign country. I don't think I learned anything specifically new, but is was a chance ... - 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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