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Fact Sheet:
Open to Visiting Students: Yes Admissions GPA Requirement:: 2.5
Program Description:
Photo from Jay KlingSantiago Center: Cuenca, Ecuador Immersion

This option is open to students who have completed at least three semesters of college-level Spanish and is required for those with less than four semesters. The program is also recommended for students who have already completed two years of Spanish language study and who seek an alternative pre-semester immersion experience in Cuenca.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 15-19
  • Language prerequisite: At least three semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent

The program begins with four weeks of intensive Spanish language study at the CEDEI Institute in Cuenca, Ecuador. A small, artsy city, Cuenca is known for its breathtaking mountain geography and the warmth of both its climate and people. After the Cuenca program, you'll spend the remainder of your semester in Santiago, with your choice of classes at local universities.

The Santiago program begins with the required Signature Seminar, Contemporary Issues in Chile and Latin America. You will continue language study in Santiago, and enroll in at least one non-language class taught in Spanish at affiliated Chilean universities and/or classes at the Syracuse Center.

The Syracuse Santiago program is designed to maximize immersion and language acquisition through homestays, interdisciplinary field study, and enrollment in regular semester classes taught in Spanish at the Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Catolica. Syracuse Abroad students enroll in classes alongside Chilean students in a wide range of disciplines. Both undergraduate and graduate students have the option to participate in a professional internship.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; required for undergraduates)

Designed to provide a broad overview of culture within the Southern Cone, Contemporary Issues in Chile and Latin America introduces you to important political, sociological, and environmental issues in the region—themes that you will pursue through various courses during the semester. The seminar consists of field study, lectures, site visits, and guest speakers both before and during the regular semester. The guided field study includes travel to urban and rural areas in Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina. 


Living arrangements in both cities are provided by local host families, and only one student will live with each family, which will facilitate immersion, allow you to practice your Spanish, and to gain unique insight into Latin American culture and lifestyles. Graduate students have the option to live on their own.bHosts are carefully screened and represent all walks of life: some are families with children, some are retired couples, some are divorced or single parents, some are young professionals. Special effort is made by the Syracuse Santiago staff to place students based on personal preferences. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the program fee when you live with a host.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Santiago program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Santiago Planning Budget 2018-19.pdf) for students and their families.

Hear from Syracuse Santiago Alumni!

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Rick Cieri, Syracuse Santiago Admissions Counselor:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/07/2019 12/06/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change pending release of local university's calendar.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.