About the Location
Chile’s tremendous range covers a hugely diverse array of landscapes, from the desolate moonscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert, to the fertile vineyards of the Central Valley, to the lush rainforests of the Lake District, down to the magnificent glaciers and peaks of Patagonia — not to mention more than 3,000 miles of coastline and Easter Island. It’s truly mind-boggling to think of how many different experiences one can have in this diverse South American nation.
Santiago, the capital and the largest city in Chile, was founded in 1541. It is home to over a third of Chileans and is the commercial and political center of Chile. With a vast public transportation system, a growing economy, top universities, it is one of South American most modern, safe, and thriving cities.
Santiago offers a diverse range of cultural attractions, including eclectic neighborhoods, museums, shopping, restaurants, and cafes. European influences can be seen in the neoclassical architecture, city parks, and cuisine. Museo de Historia National, Museo National de Bellas Artes, Cerro de San Cristobal, and barrio Bella Vista are just a few of the sights to see.
Centrally located in Chile, Santiago makes a great starting point for visiting other parts of Chile. On the weekends, you can find yourself hiking in Patagonia, walking beautiful coastal beach areas, skiing in the Andes, or touring world-class vineyards in Mendoza.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Global Engagement courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
General Program Dates
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 sheet.
GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (Study Abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study 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 global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
API offers scholarships to students interning abroad on API programs. Information is available on the API website.
The options of a homestay with meals or double share bedroom in a furnished student apartment are available.
Students must complete the online MyElonGlobal 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 API.
Note: This program has limited capacity. Applications for a given term will no longer be accepted once capacity has been reached.
A successful semester and summer 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 pre-departure orientation schedule
for the summer and semester programs.
Additional Information and Links
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Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more Study Abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!