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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: Level 222 or equivalent Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s): None Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: No Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Research Option: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 20
Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Dance, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Geography, History, International Studies, International Studies: Latin America, Latin American Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Policy Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre Arts, Women's/Gender Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program Capacity: Unlimited
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Catherine Hinken ELR Unit: 2 units
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingAdditional Eligibility NotesApplicationsOrientationsVisasInformation / Links

About the Location

Chile is a country in South America occupying a long and narrow coastal strip wedged between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Santiago is the capital city of Chile and has a population of more than 7 million people.

Santiago is a bustling, prosperous capital city. First-time visitors to South America will have any pre-conceived notions of a developing world city shattered by Santiago's beautiful buildings and gorgeous green spaces. The city is nestled in a valley of the Andes Mountains, which are visible on cool, clear days. The city's attractions include vibrant collegiate quarters, diverse dining options, and top-notch museums, including one of the homes of poet Pablo Neruda. Santiago is centrally located in Chile, providing relatively easy access to Chile's remarkable regional diversity. Students will have the opportunity to travel to a diverse selection of sites, including the wine-growing regions just outside of Santiago, the coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, and the San Pedro de Atacama desert in the north - the hottest desert on earth.
 


Academics

Who should consider this program?

This program is right for students with a passion for Spanish language who are looking for a challenge.  Though the eligibility requirement is one course at the 300 level, students who have taken only one course at the 300 level will have a difficult time being successful.  Students can choose from a huge variety of courses taught at three local universities but must have a high tolerance for ambiguity as course plans will not be set until students arrive in Chile.  

What is this program like?

This program is offered in partnership with CIEE, a non-profit organization specializing in study abroad programs. It is ideal for advanced Spanish students looking to take their language skills to the next level, as all courses are taught in Spanish and students will take the majority of their courses at local universities. Chilean Spanish is famously fast-paced and full of slang words, which will present a challenge for students on this program. Students will register for courses chosen from offererings from Universidad de Chile, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales. 

There are very few courses exclusively for U.S. students offered by this program, in contrast to most other Elon study abroad programs. Students on this program will be in most of their classes with local students. Students considering the Santiago program should be prepared to adjust to Chilean life rhythms, language, classroom style, and social norms as there will be fewer opportunities to retreat from the experience than on some other programs. Students who are independent and have a high tolerance for ambiguity will get the most out of this program. This program also requires high degree of flexibility in the courses that can be taken, as course listings are not typically published by local universities in advance.

The CIEE study center in Santiago has an excellent staff who work very hard to support students.  In addition to orientation and registration assitance, the program will offer excursions to several locations including Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.

Academic Notes


General Program Dates

  • Fall semester – mid-July to mid-December
  • Spring semester – mid-February to early July

Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.


Housing

Students live with host families in and just outside of the city. Families are carefully screened by CIEE. Three meals per day and laundry are included in the program cost.


Additional Eligibility Notes

It is strongly recommended that students considering this program have completed at least two Spanish language courses at the 300 level while at Elon.  The more Spanish a student has taken, the more he or she will get out of this program.  It is recommended that students applying for this program have taken a Spanish language course within the past year.

This program is not recommended for graduating seniors as transcripts can take up to six months to be received and for grades to be posted.

Applications

Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

View the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.


Visas

A visa is a special page inserted into a passport to show that the holder has received permission from the government to remain in the country for an extended period of time. Students will be required to obtain a visa to study in Chile. This may require a personal appearance at the Chilean consulate with jurisdiction over the student's home state in order to apply for a visa. In many cases this will require transportation to and a hotel stay in the appropriate city. Students should take these expenses and time commitments into account when applying for this program. Students should also be aware that the visa process will require surrendering their passports for a period of up to eight weeks, during which time students will not be able to travel outside of the United States.

Students will be required to obtain an FBI background check and a certificate of good health from a local doctor. The Elon Health Center can perform a physical exam and issue a certificate of good health; to learn more about obtaining an FBI background check, visit the FBI's Criminal History Summary page.  Please note that the process for obtaining the background check can take up to six weeks - students are advised to start this process as soon as possible. To read more about this process, visit the website of the Chilean embassy to the U.S.

Students will receive more information about the visa process during orientation.

Additional Information and Links

Want to know more? Join the GEC Facebook page to connect with alumni and other prospective students.

Global Engagement Ambassadors (GEAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current GEAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy and Consulate Resources  
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 02/25/2019 07/12/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission 07/29/2019 12/06/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Academic Year 2019-2020 02/14/2019
**
Rolling Admission 07/29/2019 07/10/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
**
Rolling Admission 02/25/2020 07/10/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Calendar Year 2020 09/12/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.