Come study business abroad in the political, academic, and economic capital of one of Latin America’s most dynamic and financially vibrant countries: Santiago.
Study abroad in Chile, and enhance your knowledge of international business from multiple perspectives, and develop technical, cultural, and linguistic skills for future leadership in the global marketplace. Through coursework, group projects, homestays, cultural activities and applied learning opportunities with local and international companies and organizations, study abroad in Santiago offers you a challenging and unique academic and intercultural experience.
Study business in Santiago and you will:
Learn or improve your Spanish through instruction specifically designed for international students and for application in the business world
Learn about Chile’s business sector through organizational site visits and case study explorations
Immerse yourself in Chilean academic and social life through homestays, cultural and co-curricular activities, and CIEE community engagement opportunities
The CIEE Difference
Choose from a host of specialized CIEE electives and direct enrolment courses – all taught in English – on various aspects of local and regional business environments, management practices, entrepreneurship, and sector-specific language. Study historical and current trends in the Chilean and Latin American business arenas, as well as the integration and role of Chile within the regional and global marketplaces.
See what it takes to run a successful business with guided site visits to some of the most interesting businesses and organizations in Chile. Tour the world’s biggest copper mining company and learn about the challenges facing the industry today. Visit a thriving vineyard and discuss the complexities of exporting wine to other countries. You’ll also get a chance to see the Santiago Stock Exchange, as well as other popular markets and local economies in Santiago.
The more you get to know the Chilean people, the more you’ll understand the strengths of and challenges facing the Chilean economy. That’s why you’ll live in a private home with a local Chilean family, visit important cultural and historical sites, learn the steps of the la Cueca – the Chilean national dance – during the Fiestas Patrias, and participate in community engagement and service projects that positively impact the local community.
Total recommended credit for the semester program is 16 semester/24 quarter hours and 32 semester/48 quarter hours for the academic or calendar year.
Course contact hours are 60 hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.
All study abroad students are required to enroll in: Spanish language, Intercultural Business Challenges in Latin America, one elective business course, and one business or non-business elective.
Chile is a long and narrow country, bordered on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Santiago, 60 miles from the coast and the fifth largest city in South America, is home to over six million inhabitants. The capital city of Chile, Santiago, is both modern and dynamic and is the industrial and financial, as well as the geographic center of Chile and regional headquarters to a huge representation of national and multinational companies and organizations.
Where You’ll Study
The School of Economics and Business (FEN) at the University of Chile: Founded in 1842, the Universidad de Chile is the country's preeminent public university with more than 23,000 undergraduate students and a faculty of 5,000. Known as "La Chile", it was recently ranked the fourth best university in all of Latin America. It offers a wide range of courses at 13 faculties located at campuses throughout Santiago. It is the largest and oldest institution of higher education in Chile and one of the oldest in the Americas. The university has produced some of the country's greatest luminaries, including two Nobel laureates (Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral) and twenty heads of state, among many others. The School of Economics and Business (FEN) was the first school of its kind in Chile and since 1934 has graduated major figures involved in the country’s development including a majority of Chile’s ministers and government officials, two former presidents, four treasury secretaries, five Central Bank presidents and many renowned businessmen and entrepreneurs.
The modern CIEE Study Center, located on the University campus, has student meetings and study areas, classrooms, a computer lab, and wireless access.
Housing & Meals
Students live in private homes with local Chilean families. Housing, three meals per day, and laundry services are included in the study abroad program fee. Academic and calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the break between semesters, which is approximately two weeks in duration for the calendar year program (February to December) and approximately two months for the academic year program (July to July).
The homestay is essential to the student’s learning process and integration into life in Santiago. The opportunity to live with a Chilean family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and to observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses, and for practicing their Spanish language skills. Wherever possible, homestays include at least one member who speaks conversational English, even though the exclusive use of Spanish is strongly encouraged for program participants.
Through required and elective coursework, study abroad students are afforded the opportunity to study various aspects of local and regional business environments, management practices, entrepreneurship, and sector-specific language within a university environment. Students completing the program are able to demonstrate deeper knowledge and literacy about historical and current trends in the Chilean and Latin American business arenas, as well as the integration and role of Chile within the regional and global marketplaces. Students also develop their capacity for intercultural understanding and the capacity to communicate across cultures with a focus on business communication tools and skills. As a required component of the program, students are placed in an intensive language class according to their ability as determined by a placement exam at the beginning of the program. Spanish courses specifically focused on business vocabulary and communications are available for students at all language levels.
Chilean universities tend to convey knowledge through different strategies and methods; memorization and expository lectures are part of the in-class academic culture. In most classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on note taking. Program staff and resources are available to assist students in navigating different academic challenges through orientation activities and materials, ongoing advising, and peer support with local students.