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USAC Studies in Chile

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Santiago, Chile




GPA of 2.5

Application Due:

9/24 for spring, 2/24 for fall or academic year, 3/4 for summer

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This program is not available for Summer 2021 Session

This group program allows students to experience the culture and physical beauty of Chile through study in specially designed courses combined with family home stay and some program travel. Classes take place on the campus of the Universidad Andrés Bello, one of the new private universities in downtown Santiago. The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member, and enrolls approximately 70 students from many U.S. colleges and universities. UI students earn resident credit on this program.


Students will expand their Spanish language skills and learn about the complexities of Chilean and contemporary Latin American societies through personal interaction with the host culture in the homestay setting, through field trips and optional tours, and in the classroom.


For students interested in Spanish, the program has a track offering accelerated language classes at intermediate or advanced levels, or a Latin American literature class. Or students can take an anthropology class taught in English on native cultures of Chile or other topic. Students may supplement their core study with additional 1 s.h. classes that touch on Latin American culture, history, photography, cinema or dance. A 1 s.h. class in native languages of Chile taught in Spanish is also an option. Students can earn 3 s.h. - 5 s.h. each month session, depending on classes selected.

Academic Program

UI students earn resident credit on this program.


Students with little or no language study enroll in an accelerated language track that enables them to fulfill two years of college language in one semester. Students in the advanced level can supplement language and literature with a selection of classes in art, culture, political institutions, history, and anthropology. Excursions around Santiago and visits by speakers in many of Chile's fastest evolving fields constitute an integral part of the program.

All courses are taught exclusively for program participants by local faculty, with the exception of one or two courses offered each semester by a visiting U.S. faculty member from one of the USAC consortium institutions.

Credit may be applied toward the following General Education Areas: Foreign Language, Literary/Visual/Performing Arts, Historical Perspectives, Values/Society/Diversity. Some courses satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor. Students at the beginning and intermediate Spanish levels are typically limited to language study.


Spanish language courses are intensive such that one semester of coursework is completed in one month of class. Students with one year of college Spanish may satisfy the Gen Ed Requirement in Foreign Language by participating in the two month session. Spanish-taught literature classes and English-taught anthropology classes earn 3 s.h. and are applicable respectively towards a Spanish major or minor, or towards other majors with prior department approval.

Cultural Activities

Program Dates

Steps to Studying Abroad

  1. Before initiating an application with USAC, students must complete a Discover Study Abroad session at the University of Iowa.
  2. After completing the Discover Abroad session, students must call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 to be assigned to the appropriate study abroad advisor.
  3. Once assigned, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to receive program application instructions.

Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353

Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello

Consortium classes are held at the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, on one of its three campuses that is centrally located in the downtown area. This university is widely regarded as one of Chile's finest private universities. It has approximately 10,000 students enrolled in degree programs in the fields of law, economics, business, journalism, psychology, architecture, engineering, computer sciences, and aquatic agriculture, among others.


This metropolis, home to one third of the country's population, has more than five million inhabitants. It is located in a valley flanked by the mighty Cordillera de los Andes on the east and the Cordillera de la Costa on the west. Santiago is a city of contrasts. Its old colonial houses stand side-by-side with modern skyscrapers; its long shady avenues mingle with busy roads; and its plazas and parks are tranquil oases in the midst of the bustling metropolis. At the forefront of Chile's considerable cultural endeavors, Santiago has three symphony orchestras, two major dance companies, a host of professional theater groups; film and concerts, whether of popular or classical music, abound. The city also offers a rich nightlife. For more information on the city, visit here.


As Chile is found in the Southern hemisphere, the program takes place during Santiago's (mild) winter season.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Homestay option includes a room with a family located within reasonable commuting distance to the university and will provide breakfast and dinner daily for an additional coast.

Rental apartments are very expensive and it is difficult for students to meet rental requirements. It would be the student's responsibility to locate an apartment and make all rental agreements.

Student residence is an option for students who would prefer a dorm-type setting and are ready to handle all aspects of cooking and living in an unfamiliar setting and among strangers. Arrangements to live in the student residence must be made by the student. For more information, see, then click on "Servicio Online."

Travel Arrangements

Once accepted into the program, students will receive information on the travel agency organizing group flights.

Local Transportation

The city has good public transportation. Its metro is fast, safe and inexpensive. In addition, the city bus service was recently reorganized into 10 color-coded zones, with easily identified interconnecting bus service between zones and to subway stops.

The Universidad is divided into two campuses — one in the eastern suburbs of the city and the other more centrally located in the downtown area. USAC classes and office are held at the latter, conveniently situated along the subway line.


Minimum eligibility requirements include good academic standing and a GPA of 2.5 or the endorsement of academic advisors.



The Program Fee is charged on the U Bill and covers tuition and fees, orientation, some field trips and cultural activities, and a UI administrative fee.

The semester fee Fall 2013 was Resident: $5,757, Nonresident: $7,353.

Items not covered by the program fee include housing and meals, books & supplies, optional tours, airfare, visa costs and personal expenses. For an estimate on these, consult the USAC Catalog.

The Iowa Regents mandatory international CISI coverage is also collected on the U Bill.


The Program Fee is charged on the summer U bill and includes tuition and fees, housing, orientation, field trips and cultural activities, and a UI administrative fee.

The program fee for summer 2013 for the one month session was $2767 for students that are Iowa residents and the same for non-residents. The fee for the two month session was $5329 for students that are Iowa residents and $6393 for non-residents.

Items not covered by the program fee include airfare, books & supplies, the optional tour and personal expenses. For an estimate on these, consult the USAC Summer Catalog.

The Iowa Regents mandatory international CISI coverage is also collected on the U Bill.

How to Apply

Before starting an online application for this program, students should meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to apply.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are September 20 for spring, February 20 for fall or academic year, and March 4 for summer. Late applications may be accepted on a space available basis.

Upon acceptance, students will receive Pre-departure information directly from the program’s central office.

All students attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. Additional small group meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343