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
Spring 2024 02/27/24 to 07/13/24
Current Program Dates
Fall 2023 07/31/23 to 12/13/23
Past Dates
Fall 2022 08/02/22 to 12/14/22
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Santiago

Study in Chile's vibrant capital city, which was named top country in Lonely Planet's 2018 Best in Travel awards. You'll be able to mix-and-match classes from among Latin America's top universities for business, history, sociology (and more) during the day, while taking in a vibrant, modern art scence by night. Want to be part of the cafe culture while working on research? You'll find yourself at home in Santiago!

A semester in Chile provides a wonderful chance to see the remnants of the ancient Inca Empire and the continued influence of the Mapuche people, especially in the foothills of the mountains and in the southern plains. Chile's people are warm and welcoming.

Santiago's attractions include the colorful Mercado Central, the historical center of Plaza de Armas, the pedestrian mall of Paseo Ahumada, and the late-colonial and block-filling Palacio de La Moneda - former mint, presidential residence and the site of Allende's last stand. Chile's many national parks are home to a variety of unusual animals, including the protected vicuña, flamingos, pelicans, otters, and sea lions. The southern tip of Chile even plays host to large colonies of penguins.

The approximate dates for this program are Feb.-July or July-Dec.

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 up to 3 different universities: the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile and Universidad Diego Portales. To complement your learning, IFSA offers an exclusively-designed program course as well as a directed research project option.

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.


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
  • 10-day on-site orientation: Includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Welcome meal
  • Transportation to host family

Day trips

  • Sewell and El Teniente Copper Mine
  • Isla Negra and Valparaíso
  • Sightseeing tour of Santiago


  • 3-day trip to La Serena (spring semester)
  • 4-day trip to Golfo de Arauco (fall semester): Includes a visit to the towns of Cañete and Contulmo, boat trip on the Lago Lanalhue and a visit to a local Mapuche community


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: Fall 2023

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 $400.00
Visa $240.00
Books and Supplies $80.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,255.00
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.