Cancelled - College of Charleston in Santiago, Chile

 Program Cancelled for Fall 2021

Program Overview

The College of Charleston study abroad program in Santiago, Chile is designed for students who major or minor in Spanish or who are interested in earning up to 12 credit hours of upper level Spanish.  It is also designed for students who major or minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies or International Studies, or for students from any academic discipline interested in developing fluency in Spanish and maintaining normal progress towards graduation. 

Program Dates

Mid August/September - December 2021 (exact dates TBD)

Program Requirements

  • Interested students must have completed, or be currently registered in, at at least SPAN 275 prior to participating in the program.
  • Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport
  • A student visa issued from the Consulate of Chile is required for the program

Program Highlights

There are many opportunities for students while studying for a semester in Chile.  One of the program highlights is that students live with Chilean families during their semester in Santiago.  The families are selected by staff that work for the College of Charleston in Santiago, and placement is based on answers provided by students on a questionnaire.  Living with families provides students a great opportunity to learn about Chilean life and culture.

During the semester, students will take one excursion as a group to a location that provides rich cultural and historical experiences.  There will be sufficient time for additional individual opportunities to explore Chile and South America.

Courses Offered

Students must enroll in at least 12 hours (4 courses) while in Santiago, to maintain their full-time student status at the College of Charleston.  The courses offered are actual College of Charleston classes; therefore students will earn grades just as they would if they were offered on-campus.  Grades earned will factor into the student's GPA at the College. Classes are generally held Monday-Thursday each week, providing students long weekends to explore Santiago and to travel throughout Chile and Latin America.

Courses taught in Spanish (tentative)

  • SPAN 320: Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Cultures
  • SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad
  • SPAN 381: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics OR SPAN 344: Advanced Grammar and Lexicon (based on student demand)
  • SPAN 367: Select Readings in Spain: Survey of Spanish Sci-Fi (online)
  • SPAN 492: Literatura y Cultura Chicana-Latina (online)

Courses taught in English (tentative)

  • LACS 104: Introduction to Contemporary Chile
  • POLI 340: Politics of Latin America

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee of $6,700* (estimated for Fall 2021 and subject to change) includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Charleston to Santiago, Chile
  • Housing with Chilean families
  • Two (2) meals a day provided by the families
  • Comprehensive international medical insurance

Also included in the program fee is the cost a cultural excursion, including travel, lodging, two meals a day, and entrances into sites/museums.

Additional costs NOT covered by the tuition and program fee are:

  • Passport fees
  • Student visa fees
  • One meal per day not covered by the family or during excursions
  • Any personal travel and personal expenses/spending money during the semester

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid a student currently utilizes at the College of Charleston will apply for their semester abroad in Santiago, Chile (i.e. Life scholarship, Presidential scholarship, Academic scholarships, Federal student loans and grants, etc.).

Additionally, the Center for International Education awards semester study abroad scholarships that range from $500 to $2000 if awarded.  Click here to learn more.

Application Process

Application deadline is April 15, 2021 for the Fall 2021 program. Please submit your application through ViaTRM.  A non-refundable $50 application fee, will be posted to the student's MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the Center for International Education. This fee is included in the program fee of $6,700.

For More Information

For questions regarding the courses and program please contact Dr. Mike Gomez ( For application and scholarship questions, contact the Center for International Education ( or 843.953.7661). The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center (207 Calhoun Street).

Interested in speaking with a previous Chile student? Please also feel free to email Fall 2017 Chile student, Maddison Turner at As Maddison notes:

"Having the opportunity to study in a country like Chile is one of a kind. Not only do you get to experience an amazing culture, but you get to make many lasting friendships with the locals and with people from all over the world! In the Santiago, Chile program you get to experience a country that has influences from Europe as well as from other Latin American countries. Chile is very diverse and has many things to explore as well. You can travel to the end of the world in Patagonia or up north to the darkest skies in San Pedro de Atacama!"

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