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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Open to Visiting Students: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Admissions GPA Requirement:: 3.0
Program Description:
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This option is for students ready to enroll in university classes taught in Spanish. You must have four semesters of college Spanish (or the equivalent) before applying to this program. A Spanish language exam given upon arrival will determine whether or not you are required to continue language study. In addition to taking classes in Spanish at local Chilean universities, you’ll enroll in the required Signature Seminar, Contemporary Issues in Chile and Latin America.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • Language prerequisite: Four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent

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 graduate and undergraduate 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. 


Housing in Santiago is provided by a local host family, and only one student will live with each family, which will facilitate immersion, allow you to practice your Spanish and gain insight into Latin American culture and lifestyles. Graduate students have the option to live independently. Hosts 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.

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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 03/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/08/2019 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.