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Chile

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Study in Chile

Want to go to the tip of the Earth? You might explore the Antarctic with its glaciers, the botanic wonderland of the Juan Fernandez Islands, or Easter Island with its famous giant statues, the Moai.

“I studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. I lived with my host parents and two teenage host sisters, and I attended a private Catholic school. The transition to a different family and schooling environment was challenging, but I overcame those obstacles. Overall, I had a wonderful time exploring the country, making new friends, and discovering a second family. I can definitely say that my exchange experience was unforgettable and valuable, and I cannot wait to return to Chile!”

- Michelle

+ More About Chile

¡Hola! Whether you want to hike the Andes, kick back on the beaches, or even explore thriving cities, Chile is a country that has something for everyone. Chileans say that their country is the "fin del mundo" - so if you've ever wanted to journey to the, "end of the Earth," Chile is the place for you!

During your stay, you'll enjoy learning about the amazing history and culture of Chile. The Aymara and Mapuche people have lived in Chile for 12,000 years, and together with the European influences of Spanish, German, and Italian culture, they combine to create a unique blend of old and new within Chile. Celebrate the We Tripantu, or Mapuche New Year, and learn about the indigenous culture of the Andes! Also head for the cities, and experience Santiago A Mil, or "Santiago by the Thousands." The arts and theatre festival is the capital city's largest festival, with three weeks of cultural and artistic activities.

Chileans are exceptionally hospitable people who will welcome you into their homes and hearts for an experience that can only come from living as a Chilean would. Family life is treasured: parents, siblings, and extended family not only live and eat together, but they also enjoy special gatherings and social events as a family. As a member of your host family, you'll experience this unity from the inside out and enjoy developing close ties with your host parents, brothers, and sisters. Influenced by its location and extreme geography, the people of Chile are strong, proud, extremely innovative, and caring.

After a challenging day at school, you will probably be itching for some fun. Fortunately, studying abroad in Chile will provide you with many new and exciting things to do with your new friends! Like most Latin American countries, the most popular sport in Chile is fútbol (soccer). Other fun activities include dancing, music, television, and cinema. If you are lucky, during weekends your host family may treat you to a trip to the beautiful countryside or the beach!

Your adventure to this wonderful Latin American country will leave you wanting to travel more! After your time in Chile, you may want to live in other South American countries to expand your understanding of South American culture. A diverse continent, South America offers plenty of distinct cultures for you to explore, and there's always something new to learn! Regardless of where you go next, you'll grow to appreciate diverse cultures and gain invaluable experiences during your time in Chile.

Online Resources

To learn even more about Chile, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Spanish language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of Chile in Washington, DC website

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships

+ Programs & Tuition

Year: $13,995
Year (Spring Departure): $13,995
Year Music: $14,495
Year Music (Spring Departure): $14,495
Fall Semester: $10,995
Fall Semester Music: $11,495
Spring Semester: $10,995
Spring Semester Music: $11,495

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

YFU will pay for registration and tuition fees for enrollment in school, but students must cover the costs of textbooks, uniforms, and activity fees. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your time in Chile, you will live with a host family and attend a local school. Part of your exchange experience will be:

School

Students are placed in public or private schools and typically in 10th or 11th grade. Courses at any type of school are often compulsory so you may not have a large degree of flexibility when it comes to selecting classes. Students will study Spanish, math, history, science, music, art and physical education.

Orientations

Most Chilean high schools do not offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, or teams in their local communities in order to get involved and meet locals.

Extracurriculars

Outside of regular classes, you can choose to play sports or take computer or art classes.

Special Program Offers

YFU Chile offers a 10-day trip to the north or south of Chile, usually around the Easter holiday. In previous years on this trip, students have traveled by bus to different regions, cities, and villages and have had the opportunity to explore cultural and historic sites, as well as nature. The trip is a great opportunity to make friends with other exchange students and to get to know and appreciate Chilean culture, food, and traditions. The trip will end with a 2-day stay in Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city, where student stay with volunteer host families. This trip is offered to students at an additional cost, which includes transportation during the tour, food, lodging, and entrance fees to any group site visits. Students will learn more about this trip after arrival in Chile.

Age Requirement

2019 Spring departure: Dec. 31, 2000 - January 1, 2004; 2019 Fall departure: Aug. 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or who will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Spanish. Previous language study is not required, but self-study is encouraged prior to arrival.

Host Family Placement

Throughout the country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Year 0031 late July late June $13,995
Year (Spring Departure) 0433 early January early Januaryy $13,995
Year Music 1365 late July late June $14,495
Year Music (Spring Departure) 1364 early January early January $14,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Chilean high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Chile Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

+ Semester Programs

During your time in Chile, you will live with a host family and attend a local school. Part of your exchange experience will be:

School

Students are placed in public or private schools and typically in 10th or 11th grade. Courses at any type of school are often compulsory so you may not have a large degree of flexibility when it comes to selecting classes. Students will study Spanish, math, history, science, music, art and physical education.

Orientations

Most Chilean high schools do not offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, or teams in their local communities in order to get involved and meet locals.

Extracurriculars

Outside of regular classes, you can choose to play sports or take computer or art classes.

Special Program Offers

YFU Chile offers a 10-day trip to the north or south of Chile, usually around the Easter holiday. In previous years on this trip, students have traveled by bus to different regions, cities, and villages and have had the opportunity to explore cultural and historic sites, as well as nature. The trip is a great opportunity to make friends with other exchange students and to get to know and appreciate Chilean culture, food, and traditions. The trip will end with a 2-day stay in Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city, where student stay with volunteer host families. This trip is offered to students at an additional cost, which includes transportation during the tour, food, lodging, and entrance fees to any group site visits. Students will learn more about this trip after arrival in Chile.

Age Requirement

2019 Spring departure: Dec. 31, 2000 - January 1, 2004; 2019 Fall departure: Aug. 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or who will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Spanish. Previous language study is not required, but self-study is encouraged prior to arrival.

Host Family Placement

Throughout the country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0216 late July early January $10,995
Fall Semester Music 1359 late July early January $11,495
Spring Semester 0141 early January late June $10,995
Spring Semester Music 1439 early January late June $11,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Chilean high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Chile Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance