Study Abroad in Santiago, Chile

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On a clear day, you will marvel at the dazzling landscape that surrounds Chile’s capital of Santiago. The Andes Mountains scrap the sky in the east and the Chilean Coastal Range rise up to the west and nestled contentedly between the two is Santiago de Chile. The city itself is green and vibrant, with a hodgepodge of architecture and an unforgettable energy. The fast-paced metropolis of seven million people has crowds of Santiaguinos constantly moving through narrow streets packed with fruit barrows, news kiosks, cafes and sellers of everything from coat hangers to pirated DVDs.

Home to one of the oldest universities in the Americas, Santiago is a student’s paradise. Wander through neighborhoods with a strong café culture and a bohemian vibe, party districts where the music never sleeps or the financial district of Sanhattan and visit the top of the tallest building in South America.

Wherever your feet lead you, there are incredible things to discover in Santiago. What are you waiting for? Let’s go!

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Culture and Immersion

While there are myriad districts, or barrios, to explore in Santiago the neighborhoods of Lastarria and Brasil are known for being young and trendy. Lastarria , with its hipster reputation, is full of artists, coffee shops, restaurants and local street venders. Brasil is where the real bohemians live. In recent years Brasil has become quite the hot-spot-- many universities also set up campuses here, so the residents tend to be either young and broke students or elderly couples who’ve been around forever. Colorful graffiti and quirky restaurants make this neighborhood unique.

The calm area of Bellavista is where Pablo Neruda, the brilliant poet, made his home. His Santiago residence is a prime example of the Nobel Prize-winner’s eccentric taste. The giant hanging eyes and gigantic knotty tree trunks holding up the living room ceiling are almost peculiar enough to distract you from the unbelievable view of Santiago from his balcony. Barrio Bellavista may be quiet during the day, but at night the streets heat up. The neighborhood is party central, with countless bars, dance clubs and restaurants.

Santiago is also a great base for exploring the surrounding region. With the Andes so close, you can be right in the mountains in an hour or two. In winter people go skiing for the day; in warmer months there’s also hiking, horseback riding and rafting. In two hours you can be lounging on a beach. Still more tempting are the many vineyards a hop skip and a jump away.

Affordability

Chile is the most expensive country in South America, but Santiago is still quite affordable. As of July 2013, the exchange rate was about 500 Chilean pesos to the dollar.

A mid-range meal will cost about 3,500.00 CL$ (or $6-20 USD). If you all a good bottle of local wine, it’ll be another 2,000 CL$ (or $4). And the cost of milk? About $650 CL$ or $1.25 USD

Culture Shock and Support System

The main draw to Santiago? The people.

Usually very active (understandable, since the city is just a drive away from incredible skiing and beaches) Santiaguinos are active, exuberant and welcoming. You’ll quickly make friends over a glass of Chilean wine, a cigarette or a cup of strong coffee. Can’t think of a way to start a conversation? Football (soccer) is the ultimate icebreaker in this sports-obessed town!

To Conclude

Santiago is a city with a turbulent past, but through all it's persevered. However, with each political, economic and social hurtle that Santiago has overcome through the centuries, the city comes out more interesting, more diverse and more extraordinary. An exceptional spirit keeps the city moving. Art, culture, and adventure will welcome study abroad students with arms wide open. Bienvenido a Santiago!

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IES Abroad
The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying th...

Chile

IES Abroad
Because Chile offers its residents a community-centered public health care system, studying in Santiago offers you the opport...

Chile

IES Abroad
Designed for students interested in Politics, Social Justice, and Language, this study abroad program in Santiago takes a clo...

Chile

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IES Abroad
Ideal for students considering careers in health-related fields, this study abroad program offers you the opportunity to lear...

Ecuador

Syracuse University
With Latin America as your study destination, you will visit countries that represent much more than the origins of Western c...

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IFSA/Alliance
Looking for an unparalleled way to improve your Spanish language skills while getting some college credit? Then IFSA-Butler h...

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USAC
USAC invites students to come study abroad in Santiago, Chile at the Universidad Andrés Bello! Santiago is an exciting destin...

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API
API students selecting Santiago as their study abroad destination will complete their coursework at the Universidad Alberto H...

Chile

CIEE
Seize the opportunity to pursue your varied academic and linguistic goals, while examining and immersing yourself in contempo...

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CIEE
Come study business abroad in Chile's dynamic political, academic, and economic capital: Santiago. Study abroad in Chile, and...

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Kivu Gap Year
Benefits: + 900 hours of internship experience + 150 hours of reflective leadership training + 9 hours of general college cre...

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CIEE
Begin your study of the Spanish language and gain real-world business experience in the beautiful and modern metropolis of Sa...

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SIT Study Abroad
Study educational policies and pedagogies in Chile and Argentina, exploring the relationship between education, society, and...

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SIT Study Abroad
Investigate the history of the human rights movement, the state of human rights protections, and future prospects and challen...

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Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
The Middlebury program in Santiago offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to th...