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Chilean Universities

Study Abroad Program Overview

Through UCEAP, you can study abroad in Chile at either of the country's top two universities. All UC students can find what they need at one or the other. Both the University of Chile and the Catholic University of Chile are located in the capital city of Santiago, with the Andes visible in the background and all sorts of social and cultural opportunities in the neighborhoods surrounding the UCEAP Study Center.
The city's many international research institutes, nongovernmental organizations, libraries, and museums enliven the city's intellectual scene and provide ample opportunities for independent study or internships in Santiago. Public transportation is excellent within the city and throughout the country.
Whatever your interests, Santiago can be your perfect hub. Attend concerts, film festivals, or plays in the city, head to the ski slopes or beaches, or join some of the more daring UCEAP students who "sand-board" in the Atacama Desert or backpack through the peaks of Patagonia!
Students attend classes with host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

The program begins with a three-week Spanish Intensive Language Program (ILP). 


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Fall :  
​late June to mid-December

Spring :  
​mid-January to mid-July

Year :  
​mid-January to mid-December






You may extend your UCEAP participation from the spring option to the year or from the fall option to the spring. ​


ILP housing will be prearranged for you in a Chilean home in one of Santiago's most pleasant neighborhoods: Providencia, Nuñoa, or Las Condes. Hosts are carefully selected by UCEAP and most have received international students in the past. Following the ILP, you can choose to make your own housing arrangements. Options may include staying with a Chilean host family, renting a room in a private household or pensión (boarding house), or sharing an apartment or house with other students. You may live with a Chilean family, international students, UC students, or Chilean students.  Click here for more information on housing.

Extracurricular Activities

​The Study Center in Santiago has a particularly active calendar for academic excursions and other activities. Check out the "Special Opportunities".
The possibilities for internships and/or volunteer associations are also plentiful. Find out more...

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In Santiago, an on-site UC Faculty Director and experienced on-site staff help students integrate into Chilean culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
UCEAP has a long relationship with both host universities; Study Center staff have years of experience in assisting UC students to reach their goals. ​For 2019-2021, our Study Center is led by Faculty Director Javiera Barandiaran from the UC Santa Barbara Department of Global Studies.

See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program.​
​Each of the two Chilean universities has its own particular strengths, but both universities are considered among the most prominent education institutions in Chile and Latin America. The academic calendars of both are based on a semester system that runs from March through December, with a semester break in late July.
Regardless of the semester you choose to go abroad, your program participation begins with the Intensive Language Program (ILP). The ILP provides you with a rigorous review of the Spanish language and an introduction to Chilean culture. At the end of the three-week session, you will be well-equipped to participate in regular university classes at either institution! 
To select a university, you may indicate your preference for either the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile or the University of Chile on your UCEAP application. To ensure that you are placed at the university that will best meet your academic needs, final placement is made by the Study Center Director based on the academic interests you list on your application, as well as course availability and the academic strengths of each university.
Click on the host institution links below to learn more about each university and decide which one you will choose when it comes time to apply!

Host Institutions

Select a host institution for specific information on courses and credits.
* Indicates quarter term

Course Opportunities

Use the links above to learn more about the host institutions and course opportunities available at each location.


You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3-4.5 quarter/2-3 semester UC units; one course.
Term: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units per semester; four courses minimum.
The unit requirements listed apply to all host institutions on this program.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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​​These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.

Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution in Santiago
  • Accident and medical insurance
  • Intensive language program instruction and homestay
  • Estimated room and board
  • Excursions to Sewell mining town and Neruda's houses
  • Additional excursions organized by the Study Center to a choice of destinations
  • On-site orientation at Campus Oriente
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)  
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

Language Requirements 

Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?

  • Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete the intermediate series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
  • Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish are required to provide proof of completed Spanish course(s) or study, or proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, or UC language evaluation.
  • Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish are required to complete a minimum of one university level Spanish course for Native/Heritage speakers.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the Study Center Director.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: