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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.

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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 with something exciting for you! 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!

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. Chileans are exceptionally hospital, and family life is treasured: parents, siblings, and extended family often live, eat, and enjoy social events together. Influenced by its location and extreme geography, the people of Chile are strong, proud, extremely innovative, and caring.

After a challenging day at school, Chile will provide you with no shortage of exciting activities to do with your new friends! You might experience Santiago A Mil, an arts and theatre festival in the capital full of cultural and artistic activities, or play the nation’s most popular sport, fútbol (soccer). If you are lucky, your host family may treat you to a trip to the beautiful countryside or the beach!

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Chile:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
Jason Pollington Latin American Scholarship

+ Programs & Tuition

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

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

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

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include visa fees or related costs, personal spending money, school expenses such as the costs of textbooks, transportation, uniforms, and activity fees.

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

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation along with their families in May or June.

Students also have an arrival orientation upon their arrival in Santiago. Students styinging for the full year will also partake in a mid-year orientation and a re-entry orientation at the end of the program. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

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.

Tour of Chile: 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.

Special Interest Programs:

Music: Students have the option to enroll in a specialized music school during their studies in Chile! Students attend regular high school class curriculum during morning hours and, in the afternoons, attend music classes that include composition, music reading, specific instruments classes, etc. Students must have prior studies or experience in musical arts to apply for the music program.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Late July Late June $13,995
Fall Year Music Late July Late June $14,495
Spring Year Early January Early January $13,995
Spring Year Music 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

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 30, 2002 - July 31, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born February 28, 2002 - January 29, 2005.
  • 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.

+ 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.

Extracurriculars

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.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (for Spring programs). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation along with their families in May or June.

Students also have an arrival orientation upon their arrival in Santiago. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Special Interest Programs:

Music: Students have the option to enroll in a specialized music school during their studies in Chile! Students attend regular high school class curriculum during morning hours and, in the afternoons, attend music classes that include composition, music reading, specific instruments classes, etc. Students must have prior studies or experience in musical arts to aply for the music program.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 30, 2002 - July 31, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born February 28, 2002 - January 29, 2005.
  • 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.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Late July Early January $10,995
Fall Semester Music Late July Early January $11,495
Spring Semester Early January Late June $10,995
Spring Semester Music 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

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.