Santiago, Chile

Group of students in front of city skyline

Photo by Sarah Hewitt

Welcome to Syracuse Santiago!

From the top of the Andes to the Southern Cone, this two-site program is your gateway to the diversities of South America. Begin in Cuenca, Ecuador, where you’ll advance your Spanish language skills in an environment that mixes a largely indigenous culture with Spanish heritage. Then you’ll be bound for Santiago – Chile’s vibrant capital. The city boasts more than 6 million residents and a wealth of cultural and education resources, including its top two universities, Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Catolica, where you will be taking classes. NOTE: At least three semesters of college-level Spanish are required for application to the program.

View all fall and spring semester courses for Syracuse Santiago

As of September 2021, Chile’s borders have reopened for non-residents! The decision is in line with the country’s encouraging COVID indicators and high vaccination levels. Apply now to be a part of this highly immersive study abroad experience in a Spanish speaking country in spring 2022.

Programs in Santiago

View Spring 2022 program details.

NOTE: The Syracuse Santiago programs have 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.  Students will be placed on a waitlist once the program has reached maximum enrollment.  Date of application does not guarantee acceptance.

Santiago Center

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: October 1/March 15; GPA – 3.0

Santiago Center: Cuenca, Ecuador Immersion

This option is required for students who have completed less than two years of college-level Spanish and who need additional language instruction and/or review prior to study in Chile. The program is recommended for students who have already completed two years of Spanish language study and who seek an alternative pre-semester immersion experience in Cuenca. Deadline: October 1/March 15; GPA – 2.5

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!

“The unknown of living and learning in a new country and culture is certainly intimidating, but the future regret you will feel if you choose to sideline yourself will be much stronger. Choosing to go abroad is choosing to grow, to travel, to feel, all in new ways. Studying abroad is like living years in the span of a few months.”

-Maxwell Boise ’21

Syracuse Santiago/Ecuador Immersion, Spring 2020

Santiago, ChileSyracuse 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!