CASA Chile

  • 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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    Academics

    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


The CASA-Chile program provides undergraduate students with the unique opportunity for full immersion in Chilean culture and the Spanish language, while receiving transfer credit to apply toward their home university degree. Students take a Pro-Seminar course as well as 3-4 local university courses with Chilean students, completed at one or more of three top local universities: Univeridad de Chile (UCH), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), and Universidad Diego Portales (UDP). The CASA-Chile staff provide students with a list of possible courses and provide individual academic advising. The program includes an orientation program to assist students in learning about the Chilean lifestyle and help familiarize them with Santiago, and also offers cultural activities, local excursions, and lectures to introduce participants to the local context.

Find out more by watching our video and checking out the informational tabs below and to the left:

Harvard DRCLAS - CASA Chile Study Abroad Video

For Harvard students: Students interested in participating in the Harvard College Study Abroad Program in Chile must apply through the Office of International Education (OIE). See details here.

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

If you have questions, please email Pilo Mella.

Deadlines: 
To study abroad during the Spring term, all applications are due to DRCLAS by October 1.
To study abroad during the Fall term, applications must be submitted by March 1.

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: 

 

Fall 2018
Kelsey Carpenter– Cornell University
Erica Foster-Allen – Brown University
Thomas MacMullen – Brown University
Pedro Polanco – Brown University

Spring 2018
Daniel Davis– Brown University
Melissa Fineman– Brown University
Doris Gonzalez – Brown University
Isabelle Jackson – Brown University
Nicole Kim– Brown University
Nora Lawrence – Brown University
Anne Savaria-Watson– Brown University

Fall 2017
Julia Kirschenbaum – Brown University
Anne Savaria-Watson– Brown University
Anastacia Valdespino – Harvard University

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.

BLOG: STUDENT EXPERIENCES IN CHILE

Why Chile?

By Kelsey Carpenter, CASA Chile Fall 2018 (Cornell University '20)

When I first arrived in Chile, new faces frequently asked me, “Why did you pick Chile for study abroad?” Truth be told, I did not have a great answer to this inquiry. I did not want to go to Europe alongside the majority of my peers. An advisor recommended the country. I needed a program that supported my major. These answers satisfied the questioner, but they only left me further examining my own decision to study abroad in Chile. I thought that...

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The places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet

By Erica Foster-Allen, CASA Chile Fall 2018 (Brown University '20)

I can say with utmost confidence that the highlight of my stay in Chile was the opportunity to connect with people from a variety of different backgrounds. One of such opportunities came about from a class I enrolled in at the Universidad Diego Portales titled ‘Problemátics contemporáneas en Chile: el aprendizaje servicio como motor de cambio, where the students were divided into groups to volunteer with a variety of centers and foundations in some of the...

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Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le!

By Tom MacMullen, CASA Chile Fall 2018 (Brown '20)

You would think over 5 months in Chile would feel like a large chunk of time away from the States but the reality is that it has felt like 5 weeks. As cliché as it sounds, it is truly remarkable how fast the semester passes. During the orientation week members of the CASA staff told us that the Spring Semester (Fall in U.S.) in Chile has beautiful weather and before you know it you will be enjoying the sunny, blue sky days of December. This was in July and now I’m sitting at my desk in my host...

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Reconnecting with my “Home Away from Home”

By: Gabriela Muñoz, HSI Chile 2018 (Harvard '21)

On a blue skied day in May, I woke up from perhaps the worst sleep I’ve had in years. Within seconds of my eyes adjusting to the bright, white lights and uncurling myself from the uncomfortable position I had adopted while asleep, I remembered that I was on a plane, 5,000 miles away from home, and just minutes from touching down in Santiago, Chile, my new home for the summer. Well, I couldn’t say it was a new home exactly, given that my entire family,...

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Adventures and Personal Growth in Chile

By Kangrong (Allison) Zhang, SIP Chile 2018 (Harvard '20)

While this summer in Chile is not my first time living in a foreign country for an extended period of time, I still felt butterflies in my stomach as I boarded my flight first to Dallas, and then to Santiago. The main reason for such apprehension is a lack of confidence in my Spanish skills. Interestingly, my biggest takeaway from this journey is also increased confidence in my Spanish and more faith in my ability to adjust and connect with others despite language and cultural barriers.

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Program Dates:
• Spring 2019: February 23, 2019 – Mid-July 2019
• Fall 2019: July 20,  2019– Mid-December 2019

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

At a Glance
City: Santiago
Language Requirement: Intermediate/Advanced
Calendar: Semester 

Overview
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.

Orientation
Upon the students’ arrival, CASA-Chile facilitates a two 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. As part of orientation, cultural events are scheduled, such as a visits to local markets and museums, as well as visits to the local universities.

Academics
Please see our "Academics and Sample Courses" page for all academic information.

Trips and Activities

In addition to the academic, social, and cultural support provided to the students, CASA-Chile coordinates activities and trips throughout the semester. The CASA-Chile program includes a three-day trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where students will have the opportunity to experience Argentinian culture and history, expanding their appreciation of and exposure to Latin America. Additionally, students enjoy a three-day trip to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, the most arid desert in the world. Students will visit geysers, the Atacama Salt Flats and the Chaxa Lagoon, home to flamingos and other bird species. They will also visit the Valle de la Luna and Valle de la Muerte. Both trips are included in the program fee.  The CASA-Chile program also organizes local excursions that offer students the opportunity to expand their cultural knowledge on various topics. With the collaboration of specialized professors, students will analyze relevant aspects of history, art, the environment, and society in Chile. In addition to full-day trips to Valparaíso and Isla Negra outside of Santiago, possible local trips around the city might include:

  • Villa Grimaldi and/or el Museo de la Memoria – Military Dictatorship
  • The Center for Mapuche Culture in La Pintana – Indigenous Culture
  • El Mercado Central and La Vega – Gastronomy
  • Barrio Patronato – Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Santiago
  • Los Adobes de Argomedo – Folk Dances and Music
  • Plaza de Armas, Catedral de Santiago, and La Moneda – Historical Sites
  • Local Theater Productions

Housing
To enhance the cultural and linguistic experience, students live with local families.

On-Site Support
CASA staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Buenos Aires. 

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.

Student Testimonials:"Would you recommend this program to other students? Why or why not?”

“Yes! In large part due not only to the academic value of the program, but also for the amazing people who have dedicated their all to ensuring we have only the best time in our time here in Chile, the quality of my experience in my semester here with CASA Chile far exceeded my hopes and expectations, to the point where I wish I had the time and resources to spend another semester in Santiago. Words cannot describe how much I would like for more students to take advantage of such a unique opportunity.”

“YES!!! I think it’s a fantastic program in that you can get as much independence and support as you need! You really get the chance to live immersed in the language and the culture.”

“100%. I think my time in Chile changed the course of my education and life goals.”

“YESSSSSSSSS. Out of all the CASA programs, I am so glad I chose Chile. The vibe of the city, the DRCLAS office, the friends I’ve made here, the trips we’ve done, and all they’ve provided us, have made this an unforgettable experience that I would 100% recommend to any other student who is thinking about studying abroad.”

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Questions?
Contact Pilo Mella, CASA Chile Resident Director