Santiago, Chile

students in atacama

Photo: S. Hewitt

Welcome to Syracuse Santiago!

From the top of the Andes to the Southern Cone, this program is your gateway to the diversities of South America. The city of Santiago is home to more than 6 million residents, and a wealth of cultural and education resources.

In the fall, take courses in Spanish to maximize your immersion and language acquisition in Chile. You can begin your semester in the melting pot of European and Latino culture: Buenos Aires, Argentina! Here, you’ll spend three weeks advancing your Spanish language skills in a welcoming and diverse atmosphere, then, head to Santiago – Chile’s vibrant capital!

NOTE: At least three semesters of college-level Spanish are required for application to the fall programs.

View Santiago courses in Spanish

In the spring, take courses in English at two top-rated Chilean universities – no prior Spanish language study needed! Arrive in January, participate in the Signature Seminar in February, and complete coursework and extracurricular opportunities like service learning and local travel March through May.

View Santiago courses in English


Apply now for fall 2023 programs in Santiago

All fall 2023 participants will automatically receive a $2,000 location grant!

NOTE: The Syracuse Santiago program has a “rolling admissions” policy, which means applications are reviewed as they are completed, prior to the deadline.  To ensure full consideration, students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible due to limited space. Date of application does not guarantee acceptance.

Santiago Center: Buenos Aires Immersion

(Fall only) This three-week immersion program is required for students who have completed less than two years (four semesters) of college-level Spanish for additional language instruction prior to study in Chile. This program is recommended for students who have already completed two years of Spanish language study, who seek an alternative pre-semester immersion experience in Argentina. Deadline: March 15; GPA – 2.5

Santiago Center

(Fall only) This option is for students ready to enroll in university classes in Spanish and to develop expertise in Spanish language and one or more disciplines. (A Spanish language exam is given upon arrival, which will determine whether or not you should 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 AmericaDeadline: March 15; GPA – 3.0

Santiago Center (courses in English)

(Spring only) This option is for students looking to study abroad in South America while taking a range of courses in the social sciences and humanities in English. In addition to taking classes in English at local Chilean universities, you’ll enroll in the required Signature Seminar, Contemporary Issues in Chile and Latin America. This program aligns with the US semester calendar (January-May). Deadline: October 1; GPA 2.5


Watch now: Q&A with Syracuse Santiago spring 2023 program alumni


Program Highlights


Talk to recent Syracuse Santiago students!

The best way to understand what to expect in Santiago is to talk to someone who has already participated in the program. Our Santiago global ambassadors worked hard on their Spanish language skills, formed close bonds with Syracuse Santiago staff, and learned about Latin American history – ask them about Santiago!

olivia in patagonia“During my semester abroad, I learned how to navigate a completely different country and culture, and although it was not always easy, I now have the confidence to continue taking risks and trying new things. Of course, I will be coming back to visit Santiago, which I now consider my second home.”

-Olivia Budelmann ’23

Syracuse Santiago, spring 2022


Syracuse Santiago Viewbook

An overview of the Syracuse Santiago program is available in our viewbook. Request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you!