IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Santiago

Program Details

Program Location Santiago, Chile
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34002
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/27/24 to 07/13/24
Past Dates
Fall 2023 07/31/23 to 12/13/23
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Santiago

Learn among like-minded advocates and leaders in bustling Santiago, in the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountains. Explore a sophisticated city, emerging as a major economic and cultural center in Latin America, as you follow your passion by taking classes that interest you.

Designed so you can live like a Santiaguino, this program allows you to learn local customs from a carefully selected host family and learn alongside Chilean peers. Ideal for pre-law, political science, international relations, and business majors, with the freedom to choose classes from two of Latin America’s top universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile. Some classes available in English.

Hoping to get closer to Santiago’s issues and challenges? Community-based learning opportunities make it easy to do that—and deepen your understanding of Chilean people.

Thinking ahead to life after college? Add a resume-enhancing internship or directed research for a great window into career possibilities, plus experience employers will value.

Communicating in the local language is key to cultural learning. That’s why you can also team up with a language partner for conversational practice and work with academic tutors throughout the semester.

The approximate dates for this program are Feb.-July (spring) or July-Dec (fall).

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Santiago

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY, PUBH, & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Take classes alongside local students at two local universities: the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile. To complement your learning, IFSA offers an exclusively-designed program course as well as a directed research project option.

To complement your learning, take IFSA elective classes specially designed to increase your language skills and facilitate engagement in the local community. These classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today.

On this program a Spanish language class is required for students placing at intermediate Spanish levels on the pre-test, but optional for those placing in the advanced level.

Most classes are taught in Spanish, however students can take courses taught in English at the partner universities.

Internship opportunities are available. All internships include participation in the International Internship Seminar, which uses a blended learning framework with online and in-person components. Online modules provide structured opportunities to reflect on the practical experience of the in-person internship in Santiago and further develop the professional skills needed for a successful transition from undergraduate coursework into a career or graduate school.

See the IFSA website for more information on available class options.


This program typically includes the following (though exact activities and excursions may change each semester):

Arrival and orientation

  • Airport pick-up for group flight travelers
  • Mutli-day on-site orientation: Includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Welcome meal
  • Transportation to host family

Day trips & Excursions (subject to change)

Enjoy excursions and cultural activities to pull you into the community and encourage cultural connections. See IFSA website for examples of where you might go, including coastal cities Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Islan Negra, market tours, and exploring the political context of Chile and it's history.


Housing is with a carefully selected host families, and the program fee includes three meals per day.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program fee includes tuition, orientation, academic advising services, excursions and day trips, insurance and support from IFSA staff (see the IFSA website for details).

Housing fee includes homestay housing with three meals per day and laundry services. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $14,595.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $3,400.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,000.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $120.00
Books and Supplies $40.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $748.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Santiago

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.