Chile: Santiago

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


Completion of Spanish 321. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in Spanish course study are required. Students must satisfy the Words and Numbers CORE requirement before participating in an overseas program.
Housing: Host Families
Campus Contacts: Matthieu Raillard
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, 503-768-7472

Magali Rabasa
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, 503-768-7482

Juan Carlos Toledano Redondo
Professor of Hispanic Studies, 503-768-7425

Freddy Vilches
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of Latin American Studies, 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 PhD focuses on models of discourse procesing, 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. 


Requirements Fulfilled: 

GE prior to Fall 2020 - This program fulfills the 8-credit International Studies general education requirement for students who successfully complete 12 or more semester credits. 

GE Fall 2020 and later - This program fulfills the Global Perspectives general education requirement for students who successfully complete 8 or more semester credits.

This program fulfills the overseas study requirements for the Hispanic Studies major, the World Languages Major with Spanish as the primary language, the Hispanic Studies minor, and the Latin American Studies minor.

Credits: Credit earned varies based on courses completed. Students may earn up to 19 credits. Overloads are not permitted. 

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 Santiago Liberal Arts program page under the Academics tab. 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 ChilePontificia 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.

A minimum of two academic courses should be direct enrollment courses taken at the local universities associated with the program.

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.


2021-2022 Fee Breakdown*

Total Fee (includes Tuition, Program Fee, and Health & Wellness Fee): $36,259

Tuition: $28,485

Program Fee: $7,737

Health & Wellness Fee: $37**

Included in the program fee are room/housing, board/meals, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa expenses, primary insurance coverage, photographs, books, immunizations, and incidentals. 

*Fees are updated every February for the following academic year.

**The Health & Wellness Fee supports the operations of Wellness Services staff in delivering pre-program orientation services, as well as in providing health-related consultation regarding participant health needs. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences pay a mandatory fee of $37 per semester.

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: $1,350.50

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 & 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. In most cases, students are required to visit a consulate in their jurisdiction. The nearest consulate that serves the Portland, Oregon area is San Francisco. 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. 

Chile, Santiago