College of Charleston in Santiago, Chile


The College of Charleston study abroad program in Santiago, Chile is designed for students who are interested in earning up to 12 credit hours of upper level Spanish. This program works well for all CofC students who wish in developing fluency in Spanish and maintaining normal progress towards graduation, especially those who major or minor in Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and/or International Studies. Students will live with Chilean families and be taught by local professors while they earn CofC credit.

Program Dates

August 26 - December 4, 2022* (dates are tentative and subject to change)

Program Requirements

  • Completed, or be currently registered in, at at least SPAN 275
  • 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 (applications for student visa's are done with CofC after acceptance) 

Coruses 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. Grades earned will factor into the student's GPA at the College. 

Courses Taught in Spanish

  • SPAN 320: Introduction to Textual Analysis
  • SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Cultures
  • SPAN 328: Spanish Language Study Abroad
  • SPAN 381: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 344: Advanced Grammar and Lexicon
  • SPAN 367: Select Readings in Spain: Facing the Enemy: Representations of Conflict and Resolutions (on-line)
  • SPAN 490: Sea Anemone, Roch-Men and Hurricanes in Latin America (on-line)

Course Taught in English

  • LACS 104: Introduction to Contemporary Chile

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 $6,300* (estimated 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.

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

  • Passport fees ($160 Counsler Fee)
  • 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 $2,500 if awarded. For more information, please visit:

Application Process


Application deadline is April 1. 

A non-refundable $150 application fee is included in the program fee. Billing and due dates are through the Treasurer's Office and the program fee is due with Fall tuition. For more information please visit the Treasurer's Office at:


Regarding the courses and program please contact Dr. Carl Wise (

For application and scholarship questions, contact the Center for International Education (CIE) at or 843.953.7661. The CIE is located 207 Calhoun Street at the back of the the historical house.

Quote from a Fall 2017 Participant 

 "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!"

- Maddison Turner, Fall 2017

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