Harvard in Chile/CASA Program

  • CASA Chile

    CASA Chile provides students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Chilean culture and the Spanish language

  • Student Programs RO

    Cultural Activities

    CASA Chile students participate in a 3-day DRCLAS-sponsored trip to Argentina and day trips to emblematic sites in Chile

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    While abroad, students have the opportunity to enroll at top universities in Santiago for transfer credit.

  • Internship Opportunities

    While abroad, students have the opportunity to participate in internships in organizations in the public and private sectors.

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    Full Immersion

    Students undergo a full immersion through a two-week orientation and by living with an Chilean family during the semester

Program Dates:
• Spring 2019: Late February 2019 – Mid-July 2019
• Fall 2019: Mid-July 2019– Mid-December 2019

• Spring 2019: October 1, 2018
• Fall 2019: March 1, 2019 

Click here for detailed information about the Harvard in Chile/CASA Program.

If you are interested in applying and have questions, contact Pilo Mella, CASA Chile Resident Director.

Harvard DRCLAS - CASA Study Abroad Program in Santiago, Chile

For Harvard students: Students interested in participating in the Harvard College Study Abroad Program in Chile in spring 2017 must complete  the Harvard College Approval of Term-Time Study Abroad Plan Form to the Office of International Education (77 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138) by October 1, 2017. There is an online component and a hard copy form that need to be signed by a study abroad concentration adviser (see OIE Contacts for listings) and the student´s Resident Dean. Students must also submit the required application materials directly to the OIE. If you are having trouble accessing any part of the application forms, please email Pilo Mella.

Online Requirements

For non-Harvard students: please contact Pilo Mella for application information.

Attached the following items through the online application form:

  • One-page essay on objectives of participating in the Chile Study Abroad Program
  • Academic transcript
  • Resume or CV
  • Homestay application
  • For Harvard College students only- Tentative list of courses for program of study: Course Preference Form Chile
  • Proof Health of Insurance
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Copy of passport identification page (Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the period of intended stay and have at least one blank visa page available for visa stamps.)

Hard-copy Requirements

Please note that you must submit the Harvard College Approval of Term-Time Study Abroad Plan Form to the Office of International Education (OIE)

Please note: If you wish to study abroad during the Spring 2017 term, all applications are due to DRCLAS by October 1, 2017. To study abroad during the Fall 2017 term, applications must be submitted by March 1, 2017.

Frequently asked questions by students participating in the Study Abroad Program in Chile


1. Do I need to apply for a student visa before I leave the USA? If so, how?
Yes, you do. Before coming to Chile, the DRCLAS Regional Office will send you an acceptance packet where you will find the required documentation to process your student visa at the closest Chilean consulate. The address for the Chilean Consulate in Boston is 1 Bernardo O'Higgins Circle, Brighton, MA 02135-7840. Contact information: Telephone: 617-232-0416; Fax: 617-232-0817; Email: conchile.org@comcast.net. For more on visa requirements, please click here.

2. Will I be able to register my student visa when I get to Chile?
Yes. Once you arrive in Chile and during the first few days of orrientation week, you and your study abroad fellows will go, with the CASA Student Coordinator to the Chilean International Police, to register your student visa and then to the National Identification Agency to get your RUT (governement-issued ID).

3. How long is the Harvard Orientation?
The Harvard Orientation lasts about a week and is immediately before the start of academic classes at the local universities. Usually the last week or so of February (Spring semester abroad) or the last week or so of July (Fall semester abroad).

4. What will I be doing as part of this Orientation?
The Orientation Program includes an immersion experience in Chilean language, cultural history, politics and literature. There are also a number of cultural visits scheduled, as well as visits to the local universities. You will have ample time to prepare and discuss strategies for taking full advantage of the opportunities available in Chile.

5. If I have a cell phone do I need to bring it with me?
Depending on the technology that your cell phone has, you might be able to use it while you're abroad. Check with your service provider for roaming fees and international plans. If your phone has been “unlocked” (usually the case for older phones), you will be able to replace your SIM card for a SIM card of a local provider in Chile. In case you want to buy a cell phone while you are down here, there are several cell phone companies where you can find very competitive prices; for example: Movistar, Entel PCS and Claro.

6. Will I receive help in registering for my classes?
Absolutely. The Harvard staff will assist throughout the process of class registration and selection. We also recommend that you contact students who have participated in the program in the past for information about class selection and other aspects of the program, including internship and community service opportunities.

7. How many classes should I take?
Harvard requires a minimum of thirty credits during a semester abroad. Due to the wide array of choices for lecture courses and seminars in the several schools of Universidad de Chile, as well as the varied choices offered at Universidad Catolica and Universidad Diego Portales, it is difficult to calculate prior to your arrival the courseload/credit transfer. The "tentative course list" that is turned into the OIE is not binding, and therefore, subject to change once you become better informed of your options. Communication with the Office of International Education and your department is of utmost importance.

8. Who at Harvard should I inform about what classes I am taking in Chile?
First, you need to follow the requirements within your concentration, second you should stop by the Office of International Education (OIE) and make sure to register the classes that you are planning on taking while abroad, using the Harvard College Degree Credit for Study out of Residence form. If you happen to change a course that was not listed in the Harvard College Degree Credit for Study out of Residence form, you have to e-mail the OIE and update them with the new information of your classes. If you are planning on taking a class that will provide you with credits for you concentration, this course needs to be approved by the department that your concentration belongs to.

9. What types of classes can I take?
You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of lecture courses and seminars covering many different disciplines at three different universities. You can choose to take classes designed especially for foreign students, regular university classes with other Chilean students, or a mix of both. Additionally, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and the Universidad de Chile (UCH) have a Spanish Program where students can take classes in Spanish to improve their grammar and language skills.

Will I get a chance to meet both foreign students and Chilean students?
Yes. All three of the universities have foreign students as well as Chilean students. The three universities have well-developed exchange programs, including orientations, dinners, sports teams, and other organized social events where you will get to know other foreign students. In addition, you will be matched up with Chilean "host" students who will show you around the city and introduce you to the culture. Even if you do not choose to take classes at a certain university, you can still be included in their exchange program. Additionally, you will meet many students through your classes: you can choose to take classes specifically designed for exchange students, classes with mostly Chilean students, or a mix of both.

10. Will I have time to travel?
Yes. Depending on the time of year, there are holidays and scheduled breaks. Many students have also traveled before and after their semester in Chile. Santiago is two hours from the beach and one hour from the Andes mountains.

11. Will I need health insurance?
Yes. You will not be permitted to participate in the program without valid health insurance. You either need to demonstrate that you have health insurance independently or purchase continuing coverage through Harvard. International SOS is not health insurance. Make sure your health insurance covers you in your destination country(ies). For more information, please visit: http://traveltools.harvard.edu/index.shtml

12. Does Harvard offer activities throughout the semester?
Yes. Harvard schedules cultural and social activities throughout the semester, such as viewing plays, visiting museums, and exploring various parts in around the city, including Valparaiso. A DRCLAS-sponsored 3-day trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina is also scheduled.

13. Will I have access to the Harvard Office in Santiago throughout the semester?
Yes. The office and the staff are always available to assist you. You should feel free to drop by anytime. The office is also available to study on weekends, with full access to the Harvard network.

14. Does financial aid extend to study abroad?
Yes. Harvard supports students studying abroad for credit. Contact your financial aid officer for more information.

15. How do I book travel to and from Chile?
A few good places to search for air tickets are the websites: www.kayak.comwww.studentuniverse.com, and www.despegar.com.  Despegar.com is a good resources for comparing prices between various airlines, but after discovering which airline offers the cheapest option, it may serve you best to go to that website directly, because despegar.com adds an additional cost for buying through their website.

Please note that the popular websites www.expedia.com and www.orbitz.com do not display American Airlines flights, which are sometimes the cheapest options. Thus, one should compare the options at www.aa.com with those options at expedia.com and orbitz.com.

16. What level of Spanish do I need to participate in the Harvard Study Abroad Program in Chile?
We recommend that all participants have Spanish proficiency corresponding to Spanish C level. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Student Programs Manager, Pilo Mella (mella@fas.harvard.edu).

Useful Links

Check out useful study abroad links: 

Spring 2017
Emma Lloyd – Brown University
Brenda Morales – Brown University
Austen Sharpe – Brown University

Fall 2016
Margot Cohen – Brown University
Dylan Cole – Brown University
Stephanie Johnson – Harvard University
Eric Song – Brown University

Spring 2014
Christine Mansour - Concentration: Psychology

Fall 2013
Hannah Lam - Concentration: Linguistics
Tanner Strickland - Concentration: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Spring 2013
Louisa French - Concentration: History and Literature

Fall 2012
Wesley Brown - Concentration: Romance Languages and Literatures

Spring 2012
Amelia Rose Knudson - Concentration: Social Studies
Leah Victoria Schecter -Concentration: Social Studies

Spring 2011
Maya Espada - Concentration: Social Studies

Spring 2010
Samuel Crihfield - Concentration: English
Caitriona McGovern - Concentration: Global Health

Fall 2009
Richard Coffin - Concentration: Government
Pierre Griffith - Concentration: Government
Lili Kocsis - Concentration: Linguistics
Pallas Snider - Concentration: Social Studies

Spring 2009
Laura Dale - Concentration: Physics
Jessica Erickson - Concentration: Social Studies
Joseph Michalakes - Concentration: Social Studies

Fall 2008
Rachel Marx - Harvard Law School
Sun Jung Kim - Harvard Law School
Bartholomew Quintans - Concentration: Social Studies

Spring 2008
Rebecca Compton - Concentration: Organismic & Evolutionary Biology
Carolyne Buckley - Concentration: Biochemical Sciences

Fall 2007
Roger Fu - Concentration: Earths & Planetary Sciences, Asthrophysics
Angela Lou - Concentration: Human Evolutionary Biology

Fall 2006
Joseph Florez - Concentration: History
Enrique Hernandez - Concentration: Literature
Jennifer Mcdavitt - Concentration: History of Art & Architecture
Berber Krop - Concentration: Government
Natalie Sherman - Concentration: History

Spring 2006
Jessica Bloom - Concentration: Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
Gregor Brodsky - Concentration: History & Literature
Alejandro Michel Farias - Concentration: Psychology
Sasha Harris-Lovett - Concentration: History of Science
Victoria Ilyinsky - Concentration: Latin American Studies
Jacob Kopas - Harvard Law School
Meghan Sherlock - Concentration: English & American Literature & Language

Fall 2005
Carolyn Amole - Concentration: Government
Christopher Cullen - Concentration: Environmental Science & Public Policy
Olivia Gage - Concentration: Romance Language & Literature
Hajin Kim - Concentration: Economics
Katherine Plotnick - Concentration: Literature
Dobromir Rahnev - Concentration: Psychology
David Ray - Concentration: Economics

Spring 2005
Joseph Florez - Concentration: History
Elizabeth Hochberg - Concentration: Romance Language & Literature
Ian McClean - Concentration: Government
Summer Montacue - Concentration: Environmental Science & Public Policy

Program Costs
Below are the estimated costs for participation in one semester (mid-February to mid-July, or mid-July to mid-December). When considering the program cost, you may wish to review funding opportunities offered by your university. Harvard students can explore funding options through Harvard Funding Sources and the Harvard Financial Aid Office.

Spring/Fall 2018 Program Costs

Cancellation Policy

  • Up to 60 days (prior to two months) of the program start-date, DRCLAS will refund 90% of the program fee billed. 
  • Between two months to eight days (prior to one week) of the program start-date, DRCLAS will refund 70% of the total program fee billed. 
  • Between one week and one day before the program starts, DRCLAS will refund 50% of the total program fee billed.  
  • On or after the program start date, while the student is traveling to or is in-country, DRCLAS will not grant any refunds under any circumstances.
  • Please note that the $100 confirmation fee is not refundable under any circumstances.


What drew me back?: On deciding to spend a second semester in Chile

By Annie Savaria-Watson, CASA Chile Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 (Brown University ’19)

The Andes Mountains rise almost 20,000 feet next to the Metropolitan Region. They stand sentinel above Santiago- rising steeply from the valley floor, dipping down towards the city in precipitous rolling foothills, until they bump into the Natural Parks of the city limits, intermingling with the edges of Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, La Reina, Peñalolen, La Florida, and Puente Alto.... Read more about What drew me back?: On deciding to spend a second semester in Chile

Why Chile?: Endnotes on My Semester in Santiago de Chile

By Julia Kirschenbaum, CASA Chile Fall 2017 (Brown University ’19)

As I look out the window of my parents’ living room in New Jersey at a harsh winter whiteout, I am brought back to the view of the snowcapped cordillera that greeted me through my bedroom in Las Condes on my first day in Chile.  It is hard to believe that I am already back home after five months abroad.... Read more about Why Chile?: Endnotes on My Semester in Santiago de Chile

Getting Comfortable in Chile

On the ten-hour flight to Santiago, Chile, I flipped through my Spanish 30 notebook in a last-minute endeavor to review as much Spanish as possible. Up until that moment, I had never traveled internationally by myself, never been to South America, and never embarked on a journey in which I had honestly no idea what to expect.... Read more about Getting Comfortable in Chile


Below is a list of potential organizations where students can be placed for internships during the summer or term-time.

Acción Emprendedora is an NGO of professional young people whose mission is to assist small entrepreneurs with microcredits for the creation of their own sources of work.

América Solidaria aims to be a link between international organizations in developed countries and Latin American countries with lower rates of quality of life. The main objective of this organization is to promote a common instance of regional and multilateral aid to support actions and initiatives between the different countries of the continent. They aim to accomplish this through the volunteer work of young professionals with a sense of social awareness that work to promote social integration and solidarity in the country they have been placed.

Aptus Chile is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of education in underprivileged schools. Its mission is to transfer efficient management & pedagogical methodologies and products with the purpose of generating better learning in students.

ArchDaily is an architecture website whose mission is to deliver the most complete information to architects around the world every week, every day, every hour, every moment, as soon as it is happening. It is the online source of continuous information for a growing community of thousands of architects searching for the latest architectural news, projects, products, events, interviews and competitions among others.

Ashoka seeks to shape a global, entrepreneurial and competitive citizen sector, one that ensures the optimal development of social entrepreneurs and that allows the citizens of the world to think and act as change agents. 

ASSET-Chile is a financial advisory firm that provides specialist corporate finance advice in diverse fields such as mergers, acquisitions, strategic alliances, investments, flotations.

Banco Estado is one of the largest Banks of Microcredit in Latin America.  They support new entrepreneurs in their projects and believe that the inclusion of all social sectors in the financial system will help to improve the quality of life of all.

AMCHAM is the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, promoting free trade and business between Chile and the United States since 1918. Associates benefit from practical assistance in day-to-day business dealings as well as lobbying representation before relevant US and Chilean authorities. It currently represents 90% of US investment in Chile.

Casa de La Paz is a foundation whose mission is to strengthen people's capacity to improve their own lives by taking care of the environment.  The main areas of focus are: Environmental Education: Environmental Conflict Resolution and Citizens' participation: and Civic Participation.

Founded in 1990, Libertad y Desarrollo (LyD) is a center for private studies and research, independent of any political, religious, business or governmental affiliation, dedicated to the analysis of public affairs, promoting the values and principles of a free society. The Center's main objective is to collaborate so that public policies in Chile are oriented to defend individual freedom, the free functioning of markets, property rights and the progress and equal opportunities of its inhabitants through economic development.

The Centre Gabriela Mistral, GAM, is a cultural center devoted to disseminate and promote performing arts and music. Among many other activities, it offers contemporary drama and dance, as well as classic and popular music a space to continuous development and experimentation. Furthermore, with an emphasis on contemporary photography and popular arts, the GAM houses a range for visual arts. Due to its high demands for transparency, variety and quality, it is orientated to generate direct encounters between artists and diverse audiences.

Chile Unido is a private, independent and non-profit institution whose mission is the study and diffusion of social and cultural values that will serve as the basis for human progress and are essential for peaceful coexistence in Chile.

Headquartered in Santiago, Chile, the CEPAL is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its purpose is to contribute to the economic and social development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world.

The National Productivity Commission is a consultative institution, independent, autonomous and with a permanent challenge: increase productivity to improve the life and well-being of people. Performs studies mandated by the President of the Republic and also others originating in the same entity.

Compass Group provides investments opportunities in Latin America for global investors and global investment opportunities for Latin American investors.  They offer their clients different alternatives for the managing of their assets.

The Consejo para la Transparencia is an autonomous corporation in public law created by the law of Transparency in the Access to Information. Its main task is to ensure the proper compliance of this law enacted on August 20, 2008, and promote the access to public information to all Chileans. 

Balmaceda Young Art is a privately owned not-for-profit cultural organization that was founded with the mission to provide real opportunities for access to art and culture to young Chileans, especially those with limited resources and with a marked interest in art.

CIEPLAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing expertise to the implementation of public policy in Latin America since its founding in 1976. Its team of experts, from a variety of disciplines, performs comparative research on democracy and development as well as economic and social cohesion in Chile and Latin America, actively promoting dialogue in the political sphere.

Corporación de Fomento de la Producción de Chile is a government organization that aims to promote economic growth in Chile. Since its inception CORFO has played a significant role in expanding the country’s economic development by promoting investment, innovation, business and cluster development, coupled with a focus on quality and productivity.

The National Copper Corporation of Chile (CODELCO) is the largest copper producing company in the world. CODELCO is autonomous company owned by the Chilean State which main business is the exploration, development and exploitation of copper mineral resources and byproducts, their processing to refined copper and its commercialization.

DIRECON, a branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, works to execute and coordinate government policy on matters of international economic relations, to promote adequate inclusion of Chile in the world, through the negotiation and administration of international economic agreements, promotion of exports of domestic goods and services, foreign collaboration entities that promote foreign investment in Chile and support for Chilean investment abroad.

El Mercurio is the leading and biggest newspaper in Chile.

The Fondo Nacional de Salud is the Chilean National Health Bureau.

Fondo Esperanza provides solidary microcredits for people who live in conditions of extreme poverty in Chile. 

Foro Innovación is a non-profit organization that brings together key individuals and institutions in Chile in the area of innovation. Its main function is to promote, through specific projects and initiatives, a higher level of innovation in the business areas, academic and government to achieve an acceleration of the growth rate of Chile. 

Fundación Chile is a non-profit private corporation whose partners are the Government of Chile and BHP-Billiton – Minera Escondida. Their mission is to introduce high impact innovations and to empower human capital, in order to increase Chile’s competiveness, by promoting and developing the economy, through technology transfer and in alliance with local and global knowledge networks.

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente is a non-profit organization that creates web technologies as a key tool for gathering, organizing, illustrating and sharing information through the web, working to promote informed citizen actions and government accountability. Under the umbrella of Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente, there are several ongoing projects. The web platform, Vota Inteligente (Vote Smartly), hosts different applications and tools that give access to information for the general public, ultimately serving to promote government transparency and citizen participation in Chile. The organization is non-partisan and does not take sides on political issues, apart from those dealing with furthering government transparency, accountability, and promoting citizen participation.

Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo has specialized in civic engagement projects that intensively use digital technologies With the purpose of exploring alternatives for new roads for development. Today: El Quinto Poder (The Fifth Power); Bibliotecas para tu Acción Ciudadana (Public Libraries & Civic Engagement), Vecinos Conectados (Networked Neighbours) and, #TuConstitución (#YourConstitution) are its main action lines.

Fundación Mar Adentro develops art, education, and nature projects to propose changes regarding the value that is given to natural and cultural heritage. The foundation’s core values are the delivery of content and the generation of collaborative work.

Fundación Educacional Crecer con Todos in an organization whose focus is learning. They believe that students´ learning should be of the utmost importance when considering public policies and the actions of all professionals involved in the education system. Their mission is to "ensure that every child now living in vulnerable circumstances is able to read and write by the first grade.

Public Space is a non-profit organization that is actively involved in the creation of opportunities for research and discussion of public policy in Chile. Its goal is to improve the design, quality and oversight of policies the country needs to make a qualitative leap in its current and future development. 

Fundación Fe y Alegria is devoted to educate children and young people in poor and vulnerable sectors. Their objective is to give integral education of quality, improving people's quality of life and helping to transform society.

The mission of Fundación Iguales is to work for complete inclusion of sexual diversity in Chilean society. This mission is fulfilled through: participation in all stages of the formulation of public policies at the legislative and administrative level; education at all school levels; training of workers from the public and private sectors; the dissemination of information in the media, social networks and through social movilization; and the investigation, reflection and discussion all issues that are intertwined to sexual diversity.


Fundación Mar Adentro develops art, education, and nature projects to propose changes regarding the value that is given to natural and cultural heritage. The foundation’s core values are the delivery of content and the generation of collaborative work.

Fundación Mustakis is a non-profit NGO, which focuses on the creation and stimulation of effective education for young people and children in limited resources environments.

Fundación Nuestros Hijos assists low-income children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Fundación SNP Patagonia Sur is a Chilean-based non-profit whose mission is to encourage conservation and to promote social and economic development in Chile’s Patagonia in harmony with the region’s incredible natural environment.

Fundación Trascender is an NGO whose purpose is to provide volunteers to fill the specific professional needs that public institutions and users may require. In other words, they do the matching between the professional volunteers and the needs in the public sector.

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFH seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the Mining, Metallurgical, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors.

Infocap is a non-profit foundation with the mission of training and educating low-income workers, through the development of professional competency. Infocap also studies and researches the reality of low-income workers with the purpose of promoting efficient public policies.   

Innovación Ciudadana has as its objectives to extend the public space, to contribute to the recognition and exercise of the citizen rights, to improve public management and to fortify civic organizations for an effective dialogue between the State and civil society.

The Institute of Research in Social Sciences (ICSO) brings together scholars from schools and programs of the Faculty of Social Sciences and History of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP). Its objectives are:

  • Research: Promote dialogue and academic collaboration between researchers in political sciences, history, and sociology, especially around themes of impact and public interest. 
  • Outreach: Contribute to the diffusion of topics associated with the Faculty and relevant to society. 

Also, ICSO is a formative space for methodological training for advanced graduate students and alumni from the Faculty, which facilitates a constant sharing of feedback between professors and students.

Matucana 100 (M100) is a non-profit cultural association that deals primarily with contemporary artworks, guaranteeing access to the public and creating spaces for debate and reflection. M100 supports artists, while respecting their creative independence and supporting their relationship with their audiences, locally, nationally and internationally.

A Mapuche (indigenous) organization of Santiago, that has been working since the early 90's, to build political and civil Mapuche culture in the context of rescue and defense of Mapuche identity and territory.

Ministry of Economy, one of the main pillars of Piñera's administration, is the development of a culture that is pro innovation and entrepreneurship. Current projects include: an education project for venture, which aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in students in primary education in Chile, a campaign / movement pro innovation and entrepreneurship (similar to the campaign Choose Education) programs and policies to attract talent and development in human capital Chile, among others.

Centro de Perfeccionamiento, Experimentación e Investigaciones Pedagógicas (CPEIP) 
The mission of the Center for Pedagogical Improvement, Experimentation and Investigation is to design, implement and evaluate programs that promote the professional development of teachers and principals based on educational policies of the Ministry of Education, that are supported by research of the best national and international practices with the aim of developing teachers and administrators that produce high achievement in the administration of and in the learning that takes place in Chilean educational establishments. 

División de Currículum y Evaluación (Division of Curriculum Development and Evaluation)
The Division of Curriculum and Evaluation of the Chilean Ministry of Education is responsible for setting the standard of curriculum for education at all levels as well as evaluating the effectiveness of each learning institution in meeting those standards.

División de Educación Superior  (Division of Higher Education)
The Division of Higher Education is the unit in charge of assuring that the laws and norms that regulate higher education are followed to the best of the Ministry of Education´s ability. Additionally they advise in the proposition of policies at this level of learning and work to establish institutional ties with officially sanctioned entities of higher education. Their main duty is to propose the state budget for the institutions of higher learning based on current legislation.

MINISTERIO DE HACIENDA (Department of the Treasury)
The Ministry of Finance has as it´s mission to maximize the potential of long-term growth for the economy. They aim to encourage better use of productive resources in the country in order to achieve sustainable economic growth that translates into a better quality of life for all Chileans, especially the most neglected and vulnerable.

The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights aims to contribute to the development of the country through the modernization of the justice system, promoting norms and public policies aimed at facilitating access and protection of the rights of individuals, social reinsertion and citizen security, all within a framework of respect to human rights.


Oficina de Cambio Climático (Office of Climate Change)
The Office of Climate change has as its mission to help inform public policy making in Chile of the problems associated with climate change in the hopes of accomplishing sustainable development and an economy low on carbon emission. 

División de Recursos Naturales y Biodiversidad (Division of Natural Resources and Biodiversity)
The Division of Natural Resources and Biodiversity has as its mission to advise the Ministry of Environment with regards to the policies of management and sustainable usage of renewable resources as well as the creation of Protected Areas of the State. This Division has under its responsibilities the proposition of policies, legislation, plans, programming and studies as well as establishing criteria and preventative measures that favor the recuperation and conservation of hydraulic, genetic, flora and fauna, resources; habitats, ecosystems, natural spaces and biodiversity, as well as to contribute to the fulfillment on international agreements of conservation of biodiversity.

Ministerio de Minería designs, publicizes and promotes Chile's mining policies, incorporating sustainability and technological innovation, in order to maximize the sectorial contribution to the country´s economic, environmental and social development. The company aims to be a leader in the technical institution, to lead the sustainable development of national mining and to position Chile as international mining country.

División de Estudios / Unidad de Políticas Públicas (Division of Studies/ Unit of Public Policy) 
The Division of Studies aids in the process of Executive decision-making on current events, strategic policies and planning through the development of situation analysis, periodic studies and reports, as well as the definition of actors in and monitoring of political processes, trends analysis.

Comisión Asesora de Estudios Habitacionales y Urbanos (CEHU)  (Commission on Urban Development and Planning) 
The mission of the Ministry of this Commission is to facilitate access to housing with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable sectors of society, but also supporting the hard work of the middle class in the materialization of their aspirations for living. The Ministry of this Commission also creates homes of better quality in safe neighborhoods that are welcoming and integrated.

The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation is an organization that advocates on behalf of sexual minorities in Chile. It has played an important role in landmark reforms that have benefited those affected by discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

MUSEO DE LA MEMORIA Y LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS (Museum of Memory and Human Rights) 
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a space that´s meant to give visibility to the human rights violations committed by the State of Chile between 1973 and 1990, it also serves to dignify the victims and their families, and stimulate reflection and debate on the importance of respect and tolerance, so that these events never recur. 

Observatorio Ciudadano is an NGO that works towards the defense, promotion and documentation of human rights. It was founded by a group of people from different parts of the country, different professions and ethnic backgrounds as the Observatory for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2004 in the city of Temuco. The work to date has been plural and multidisciplinary, distinguished by inter-ethnic relationships that have allowed them to take on new challenges. As of July 2008 it was renamed Observatorio Ciudadano, and continues to be adhere to the guidelines set forth by international entities on human rights and the rights of existing indigenous people.

Observatorio de Ciudades (OCUC)   
Observatorio de Ciudades is based in la Universidad Católica. Its mission is to collect, classify and consolidate territorial information, as well as information on regulations, on productivity, on economics and on social issues of the different areas of Chilean cities.    

Is a private, publically funded, non-partisan corporation that encourages the education of an informed, responsible, organized, and active public. Participa also promotes the defining of the roles of state, private, and civil society.

Dirección de Promoción de Exportaciones, or ProChile, has a wide range of services that aim to support domestic exporters that range from information systems of high quality, to support the participation of the most important international fairs, to programs specifically designed to develop export capabilities.

Cooperative Radio is a medium of communication through a radio network covering the whole country specializing in the transmission of news, information and programs of national and international news with a journalistic vision. Its work also includes the issuance of news and information to foreign countries through satellite broadcasts and its website. It is the radio station with the highest number of listeners in Chile.

Santiago Adventures is a full service receptive tour operator.  It offers exclusive tours throughout Chile ranging from day tours in the Santiago region to specialty tour packages throughout Chile, including San Pedro de Atacama, Easter Island, the Lake District, and Torres del Paine. Clients are mainly English-speaking travelers with a desire to explore the beauties of Chile.

Santiago Times is an English language internet-based daily news service that provides broad coverage of current events in Chile, including political, economics, business and social developments.

Servicio Nacional de la Mujer is part of the cabinet-level Ministry of Planning and Cooperation and works to design, propose and coordinate policies, plans, measures and legal reforms, through and in conjunction with the various ministries and services, leading to make visible and ensure equal rights and opportunities for men and women, incorporating the public agenda issues affecting women and the family.

Ski Portillo is a ski resort located 160 kilometers (99 mi) from Santiago, Chile, near the city of Los Andes. It is one of the principal destinations for ski racers to train during the Northern Hemisphere summer and hosts the ski teams of Austria, Italy and the USA. Students participating in this internship will work in the office in Santiago developing market strategies for the company.

Sumate is an NGO with the mission of giving real opportunities and education to enterprising young people of underprivileged areas of Santiago, in order to improve their quality of life, through the completion of technical studies in educational institutions of excellence.

TechnoServe helps entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for their families, their communities and their countries.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. 

Un Buen Comienzo is a major innovative effort between Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) that aims to improve the quality of early childhood education and children's health initiatives in Chile with collaboration of DRCLAS.

Un Techo Para Mi Pais works with the poorest families in different Latin American countries. Their first step is the construction of emergency homes. This allows them to draw attention to and to understand the realities of the marginalized settlements that have developed. They then develop integral programs of social development in areas such as education, micro-credit, job training and community development. They are determined to generate a social conscience in Latin America.

VEGlobal's mission is to empower volunteers in Chile to unite, act and engage others throughout the world to protect children's rights. 

At a Glance
City: Santiago
Partner Institutions: 

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)
  • Universidad Diego Portales
  • Universidad de Chile (UCH)

Housing: Homestay accommodations with Chilean families
Language Requirement: Advanced
Calendar: Semester 

CASA is a non-profit consortium of nine leading United States research universities formed for the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs in collaboration with leading world universities. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, The University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, and Trinity College Dublin. The administering institution for the CASA-Chile program is Harvard University.

CASA-Chile provides students with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Chilean culture and the Spanish language while receiving transfer credit to apply towards their undergraduate degree.

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, such as museum visits and day-trips to the coast. A three-day  trip to Buenos Aires offers a unique experience to gain insight on Argentine culture and history. 

Chile is #1 on Lonely Planet's Top Travel Destinations for 2018. Santiago was ranked No.1 by the NY Times: "The 41 Places to Go in 2011", and ranked top 3 in the World´s 10 Most Loved Cities.