Study Abroad in Santiago, Chile

Program Information

With a population of more than 15 million people, Chile is a strikingly beautiful country located between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean on the southeast coast of South America. It stretches for 2,604 miles and encompasses impressive climatic and geographical contrasts, including some of the driest deserts on earth, magnificent beaches, volcanoes and glaciers. Santiago, set amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Andes, is a thriving, prosperous city of five million with a vibrant social and arts scene and excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Founded in 1989, the Universidad de los Andes is a private university located on a spectacular campus in the foothills of the Andes in the northern part of Santiago. With an enrollment of 5,000 UANDES consists of the following schools: Law, Nursing and Education, Communication, Engineering, Business and Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Dentistry and Medicine. Recently new programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy have been developed. The UANDES campus is virtually new, boasting state-of-the-art classroom facilities and tastefully designed buildings.


This is a fully integrated program, requiring Pacific students to enroll in regular classes with Chilean students that are taught in Spanish. Therefore it should only be considered by students who have completed a 300-level Spanish-language sequence at a minimum. All exchange students are required to enroll in the Spanish for Foreigners class, and typically they take 3-4 additional classes. Most students will take classes in the social sciences and humanities, though all undergraduate classes for which students possess the necessary prerequisites are available. Pacific students may be especially interested in the Latin American Studies classes offered through the School of Communication.

Housing and Meals

Pacific undergraduate students will be required to participate in the homestay program. Homestay families have been pre-screened and offer a variety of options. Prices range from $300-800 monthly, with variations explained mostly by differences in location and meal arrangements. Students will be able to select their homestay family about a month prior to departure, and will be responsible for paying the costs directly to the family. Thus outbound students will be charged Pacific tuition and fees, but they will pay room and board fees directly on-site.


Minimum GPA : 2.75

Language : Must have completed level 102* of college Spanish, with a minimum 3.0 GPA in that language.

*For students fulfilling the requirements of a language major or minor, or the International Studies major, the completion of 202 or equivalent in the appropriate language and a 3.0 GPA average in language classes are required prior to beginning the program. 

Must have attended Pacific University full-time for at least one semester.

Important Dates

  • Advising Appointment : During Fall Semester
  • Application Deadline : February10.

Program Dates :

  • Fall: End of July/first week of August until second week December
  • Spring: First week of March until second week of July

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Universidad de los Andes