Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Santiago, Chile
- Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Restrictions: CU applicants only
Partner: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad de Chile (UCH)
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Chilean families
Language Requirement: Advanced
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is located in Chile’s central valley, geographically equidistant from the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. Founded in 1541, Santiago’s rich history offers cultural and historic sites throughout its many different neighborhoods, from the 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding streets of the downtown area to the city’s Parque Forestal, which offers Chileans a vast green space to exercise, meet with friends or family, and attend concerts and other cultural events. About 40% of Chileans reside in one of the 20 different communes/districts of Santiago, making it one of Latin America’s most populated cities and Chile’s cultural, political, and economic center.
The Cornell-in-Santiago/CASA Chile program is offered by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad, which is comprised of 10 leading research universities in the US and abroad. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. Cornell/CASA programs currently are offered in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Spain. Harvard University is the administering institution for the CASA Chile Program.
Upon the students’ arrival, CASA Chile facilitates a week-long orientation to ensure the students’ transition into Chilean culture both academic and social, is a smooth one, through daily presentations and cultural, practical and academic-related events.
After the orientation, the CASA representative based in Santiago assists each student to enroll for transfer credit towards their degrees at top local universities. Students attend classes with Chilean university students and can choose from a wide variety of classes offered at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and Universidad Diego Portales. In the past, students have also taken courses at the Universidad de Chile (UCH).
While the CASA staff provides individual advising to assist students in their course selection, students may also like to explore a list of possible and suggested courses:
Additionally, students can explore a variety of social, cultural, political and professional opportunities beyond the classroom. Students can also participate in non-credit internship opportunities, linked to the students' area of academic studies, such as in community and grassroots organizations, cultural, health, and environmental institutions, and international agencies.
CASA Chile staff work closely with the local university exchange programs so that students are included in all orientations, dinners, sports teams, and other organized social events. Students are also matched up with Chilean host students who show program participants around the city, and introduce them to a Santiaguino and broader Chilean culture.
In addition to the academic, social, and cultural support provided to the students, CASA-Chile coordinates activities and trips. A three-day long trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina offers a unique experience to gain insight on Argentinean culture and history, as does a three-day trip to San Pedro de Atacama located in the Atacama Desert, which is the driest non-polar desert in the world.
Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.
Fall: Late July – Mid-December
Spring: Late February – Mid-July
To enhance the cultural and linguistic experience, students live with local families.
CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Santiago.
The Cornell-in-Santiago: CASA Chile program is open to undergraduate students from Cornell and other CASA consortium member schools (see CASA description above for member institutions). Interested students who do not attend Cornell or other CASA consortium member schools should contact Harvard University.
Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least SPAN 2095 plus a highly recommended one additional Spanish course, or the equivalent, before beginning studies in Chile.
Cornell and CASA consortium member school students should visit the CASA Chile program website for more information on applying. Cornell students should apply by the deadline using Cornell's online application system via the "New Application" buttons on the top of this page. Applications typically require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.
For more detailed information about the Cornell-in-Santiago/CASA program in Chile, please visit the CASA website.