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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Chile Santiago

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Offered: Annually
Estimated Dates: Fall: mid-July to early December, Spring: late February to mid-July
Program Focus: Language Intensive

Prerequisites:

Completion of Spanish 321. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in Spanish course study are required.

Housing: Host Families
Campus Contacts:

Matthieu Raillard
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
raillard@lclark.edu, 503-768-7472

Juan Carlos Toledano Redondo
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies 
toledano@lclark.edu, 503-768-7425

Freddy Vilches
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of Latin American Studies
vilches@lclark.edu, 503-768-7431

Program Design:

In cooperation with Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers this program at Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales. Following a two-week advanced intensive Spanish language and culture course, students enroll in courses at the CIEE Study Center or at the host universities where they study with local Chilean students. The program also includes local outings as well as weekend excursions to Valparaíso and La Serena.

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 sixth-largest city in South America, is home to over six million inhabitants. Visitors will revel in its world-class cuisine, infectious energy, and exotic suburban parks. The capital city of Chile, Santiago, is both modern and dynamic, and the industrial, financial, and geographic center of Chile. It is the home of the regional headquarters for many national and multinational companies and organizations.

Onsite Staff: The CIEE Santiago Center Director is Patricio Varas Guerrero. Patricio earned his doctorate in linguistics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. His Ph.D. focuses on models of discourse processing, based on corpus linguistics, to explain how different groups use language to reach their functional goals. He lived for ten years in Bogotá, Colombia, where he earned his M.Sc. in Development Planning and Administration, from Universidad de Los Andes. His practical experience has been in the fields of international development projects and public policy at governmental organizations in Chile and Colombia, as well as teaching courses in public policy analysis at Universidad de Los Andes. 

Academics

Requirements Fulfilled: This program fulfills the two-course international studies requirement and the overseas study requirements for the Hispanic Studies major, the World Languages Major with Spanish as the primary language, and the Latin American Studies minor.

Credits: 4 courses per semester/16 credits

Curriculum: During their time in Chile, students enroll in courses at the CIEE Study Center or at the host universities, where they can choose from a wide range of course offerings in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. A sampling of the courses and course descriptions are available on the CIEE Courses webpage for the program. Students enroll in four to six courses, including optional elective CIEE courses and CIEE Spanish language course. The remaining coursework must be direct enrollment courses at any of the three Chilean universities: Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales. Classes are instructed in Spanish language, and CIEE students interact with Chilean students and other international students as well. Professors are primarily Chilean with advanced degrees from different universities around the world, so there are also different teaching styles and in-class pedagogical perspectives.

Excursions: Students have the opportunity to participate in a long weekend excursion to a unique region in Chile. Past destinations have included the big island of Chiloé to the south of Chile or the San Pedro de Atacama desert in the north of Chile. The program also offers two shorter, overnight excursions. Examples of previous excursions include touring the vineyards of Casablanca and urban graffiti in the streets of Valparaíso or trekking in the provinces of San Felipe and Petorca.

Student Life 

Housing: Students live in private Chilean homes. 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 observe real life in action, it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues raised in their courses, and practicing their Spanish language skills.

Volunteering: Non-credit volunteer options are available, primarily in social service organizations and NGOs. Students can volunteer with organizations involved in social policy, community service, and education.

Internships: CIEE can connect students with an internship opportunity for the chance to gain valuable professional experience along with their classes. Internships are available in fields such as finance, environmental development, and women’s rights.

Cost

Fee Breakdown:
Overseas Program Fee (includes tuition, room & board, excursions, and supplemental health insurance): Semester - $31,112 / Full Year - $62,224

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend to cover the cost of meals and transportation costs not covered by the program fee.

Estimated Airfare (Round Trip PDX to SCL): $1,000-$2,000

Estimated Travel Document Fees: $160 - $200

Estimated Health Insurance Fee: $1,275.50*

*All students participating in overseas programs are automatically enrolled in iNext, a supplemental travel insurance program. The fee for iNext is covered in the program cost. However, students are also required to have comprehensive health insurance during their time abroad. All students participating in overseas programs, both abroad and domestic, are automatically enrolled in the College’s student health insurance program. Similar to a regular semester on-campus, students participating in overseas programs may waive enrollment in the student health insurance program if they have other comprehensive health insurance (e.g., through a parent, guardian or employer) that 1) provides coverage for them in the geographic region in which they will be studying and 2) includes mental health benefits. Click here for more information regarding Health Insurance Information & Overseas Programs.

Program Preparation

Application Process: This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to CIEE and will receive a separate notification letter of admittance.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to CIEE. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Travel: Students usually fly into the Santiago airport (SCL), where they are met by CIEE staff and transported to the hotel for orientation.

Visa: Students will be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in this program. More information will be provided upon admission to the program.

Country-Specific Health Information: Click here to view specific health information for people traveling to Chile.

State Department Country Information: Click here to visit the State Department’s Chile page.