Academics and Sample Courses


While the CASA staff provides individual advising to assist students in their course selection upon arrival to Chile, students may also like to explore each university's course catalog, as well as a list of courses taken by past CASA students. We encourage applicants to see the tabs below. 

Courses previously taken by CASA Chile students

Courses marked with (*) have been highly recommended by students

Fall 2019:

Universidad Católica

  • Iniciación a la Traducción Literaria
  • Mecánica de Sólidos
  • Ciencia de los Materiales
  • Ingenieria Ambiental 
  • Rock Chileno y Mundo Contemporáneo 
  • Lengua y Cultura Mapuche

Universidad de Chile

  • ​​​​​​​Los naufragos: poesía chilena de post-dictadura
  • Literatura Chilena, Latinoamericana, y Española del Siglo XX
  • Estudios Postcoloniales: Perspectivas críticas desde América Latina
  • Cambio Climático desde las ciencias sociales// Antropologia del medio ambiente 
  • Historia Económica de Chile Colonial (Siglos XVI-XVIII) 
  • Psicopatología Infanto-juvenil
  • Psicología de la Personalidad
  • Mujeres Revolucionarias del Cono Sur: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, 1960-1990 2019
  • Historia de América Contemporánea 2019
  • Diversidades Sexuales y de Género: Inclusión, Derechos y No Discriminación

​​​​​​​Universidad Diego Portales

  • Serigrafia
  • Psicología Social 
  • Rock Chileno y Mundo contemporáneo, 1950-2000
  • Historia LGBTGI de América Latina - discurso, identidades y políticas 1960-2018​​​​​​​

Spring 2019:

Universidad Católica

  • Cine Latinoamericano y contemporáneo
  • Seminario: América Latina Siglo XX
  • Geografia de América Latina
  • Introducción al Estudio de las Relaciones Entre Pobreza, Exclusión Social y Desarrollo Sustentable
  • Historia de Chile Contemporánea
  • Fotoserigrafía
  • Salud lntercultural
  • Música Popular en América Latina
  • Mecánica de Fluidos
  • Migraciones Globales
  • Historia de Género en Chile
  • Mujer y Sociedad en Chile
  • Geografía Cultural: Espacio, Memoria y Sociedad
  • Español Avanzado

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Universidad de Chile

  • Teoría Antropológica I y III: Construcción Social de lo Ambiental, Ecología Cultural y Perspectivas Sistémicas
  • Raza, clase y género en autoras afrodescendientes e indígenas*

Universidad Diego Portales

  • Poesía Indígena LatinoamericanaHistoria
  • LGBTQI de América Latina — Discurso, Identidades y Políticas 1960-2018
  • Pólitica y Género
  • Laboratorio de Imagen y Palabra*
  • Derechos de las Minorías e Interculturalismo

Fall 2018:

Universidad Católica

  • Mujeres y Política en América Latina
  • Seminario: America Latina Siglo XX
  • Interculturalidad y Educación
  • Análisis de Política Exterior en Países Latinamericanos
  • Seguridad Humana y Sus Amenazas
  • Probabilidades y Estadística
  • Acustica Lineal General
  • Taller de Composición Electoacústica

Universidad Diego Portales

  • Poesía Indígena Latinoamericana
  • Desafíos actuales de la educación en Chile
  • Problemáticas contemporáneas en Chile: el aprendizaje servicio como motor de cambio

Spring 2018:

Universidad Católica

  • *Organización Política de Chile
  • *Lenguas Indígenas Sudamericanas desde la Tipología Areal: Contactos y Contrastes
  • Flora Nativa
  • Manejo de Visa Silvestre
  • Chile y America Indígena
  • Corrupción Política en América Latina
  • Historia de Género en Chile
  • Salud Intercultural
  • Infancia y Pobreza, Una historia de larga data
  • Paleoetnobotanica
  • Sociologia de Género

Universidad Diego Portales

  • Música Latinoamericana Contemporánea y Movimientos Sociales

Universidad de Chile

  • Sistemas Interactivos de Sonido
  • Neoliberalismo y Educación: El Fenomeno de la Privatización
  • Neurofisiologia (PS01018)
  • Psicologia del Desarrollo I (PS01015)
  • Tópicos Actuales en Psicología Experimental, Neurociencias y Evolución del Comportamiento (PS02168)
  • Culturas Andinas

Fall 2017

Universidad Católica

  • Mujer y Sociedad en Chile
  • Teoria del Cine Documental Chileno
  • El Cine desde la Literatura
  • Geografía de Chile: Espacio y Sociedad
  • Desarrollo Rural AGE204
  • Geografía Económica
  • Curso de Español Semestral Nivel Superior

Universidad Diego Portales

  • Desafíos actuales de la educación en Chile (CFG2311-01)

Universidad de Chile

  • Programa de Desgustación de Vinos
  • Politicas acerca de Biodiversidad, Vida Silvestre y Areas protegidas
  • Taller de Ecosistemas Glaciares
  • Etica y Legislacion Ambiental
  • Sentido de la Tragedia y el Drama

Internships and Community Service

Students can participate in non-credit internship or community service opportunities, linked to the students' area of academic studies, such as in community and grassroots organizations, cultural, health, and environmental institutions, and international agencies. 

Below is a list of potential organizations where students can be placed for internships:

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.

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science of health care and agriculture. Its operations in Chile cover the areas of human health (pharmaceutical and consumer products), animal health (pets, supply and aquaculture), agriculture and environmental health.

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.


The mission of the Centro de Investigación en Sociedad y Salud is to promote well-being, at the individual, societal, and institutional level, in a global context in which demographics, epidimiologies technologies, and the environment are changing. The objectives of the Centro are to carry out interdisciplinary research of excellence with implications for both practice and policy, to train new researchers, and to disseminate evidence to broad audiences. Our research can be grouped in the following key areas: social determinants, life course, health, aging, social relations, social cohesion, and institutions and regulation from a comparative perspective. To study these topics, we use mixed methods and take advantage of the new opportunities that emerge in an era of big data that comes from “the cells of society.”

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.



Colbún is a company of Chilean origin dedicated to the generation of electric power. It has 26 generation plants in Chile and Peru, through which it has a total installed capacity of 3,893 MW distributed in different types of generation technologies. The company also has 941 kilometers of transmission lines and a total of about 1,000 people work there.

ECLAC, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The promotion of the region's social development was later included among its primary objectives.


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.

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 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 Fundación Hay Mujeres promotes the visibility of women's voices and opinions, and female leadership. They work primarily, though not only, with social media and a medium to promote an equitable presence in spaces and debates which form public opinion.


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 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.


GeoAdaptive is a development planning and strategy company that specializes in the use of geospatial technologies to solve complex economic, environmental, and social problems in a variety of territories, scales and industries. We deploy and integrate advanced techniques in spatial economics, risk analytics, socio-ecological modeling, and place-based design, to create robust strategies for our clients worldwide, reducing their risk and maximizing their opportunities for sustainable and inclusive growth

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.

Pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, we are dedicated to the research and development of innovative products tending to protect and improve the quality of life of people.

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.

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) *2019 IOP Director's Internship
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.


El Ministerio de Obras Públicas es la secretaría de Estado que está a cargo de planear, estudiar, proyectar, construir, ampliar, reparar, conservar y explotar la infraestructura pública de carácter fiscal, que esté bajo su tuición, a lo largo del país. Entre las obras que tiene a cargo se incluyen caminos, autopistas, puentes, túneles, aeropuertos y aeródromos, además de embalses de riego, defensas fluviales, colectores de agua lluvia y agua potable rural. Su misión también considera lo referido a la nueva edificación pública y la puesta en valor de las construcciones ya existentes que tienen un carácter patrimonial. Dentro de sus facultades legales, el MOP es responsable de la aplicación de la Ley de Concesiones y del Código de Aguas. Puede actuar por mandato, como responsable del estudio, la proyección, construcción, ampliación y reparación de obras que le encarguen los Ministerios que por ley tengan facultad para construir obras. Esto incluye a las instituciones o empresas del Estado, las sociedades en que el Estado tenga participación, los Gobiernos Regionales y las Municipalidades.


Contribuir a la formulación de la política exterior de Chile, conduciendo y coordinando su implementación a través de su estructura organizacional con la interacción de actores públicos y privados, para velar por los intereses de Chile y sus connacionales en su relacionamiento con el mundo.

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.



El Ministerio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones fue creado mediante el Decreto Ley Nº 557, publicado en el Diario Oficial el 10 de julio de 1974Tiene como principales funciones proponer las políticas nacionales en materias de transportes y telecomunicaciones, de acuerdo a las directrices del Gobierno y ejercer la dirección y control de su puesta en práctica; supervisar las empresas públicas y privadas que operen medios de transportes y comunicaciones en el país, y coordinar y promover el desarrollo de estas actividades y controlar el cumplimiento de las leyes, reglamentos y normas pertinentes.


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.    


The Observatorio de Desigualdades was created in 2013 by the School of Sociology of Diego Portales University. The mission of the Observatory is to contribute to the academic and specialized debate on issues of inequality in Chile and Latin America. The Observatory conducts a series of talks every year, Diálogos de la Desigualdad, in order to promote debate and reflection on various issues of inequality.

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.


Pumalín Park is a private park located in the province of Palena, Los Lagos Region in Chile. It is administered by the “Pumalín Foundation”. The park has more than 325,000 hectares, mainly of temperate rainforest, whose rich biodiversity allows ecotourism activities. It was declared a Nature Sanctuary, granting it additional protection to ensure its ecological values and prevent development. After this, The Conservation Land Trust donated the protected lands to the Pumalín Foundation, a Chilean organization, to continue administering and preserving the park, under a private initiative but with public access.


Multidisciplinary team of professionals that approaches the world of law, business and public policies, cultivating an eminently technical and scientific profile, designing creative and avant-garde solutions for our clients. Our team has experience advising large, medium and small clients including generators, transmitters and distributors of electricity, free clients, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Chilean government, cement companies, real estate companies, telecommunications companies, gas companies, chambers of trade, trade associations, software development companies, startups, and individuals.

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.

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.


Templado is a consulting firm that provides assistance in the field of nature conservation and its ecological services, aiming at combining private and public interests in an ethically responsible way. Templado’s main objective of its consulting projects has been to support nature conservation actions in the private sector among individuals and corporations as in the public sector as well, with an emphasis in public policy for conservation incentives.

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.


The World Wildlife Fund Chile works to protect the terrestrial and marine environments of the priority site South of Chile, an area identified by WWF as one of the 35 most important places for conservation in the world, at the same level as iconic places like Galapagos or Madagascar.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) is a private university, one of the most prestigious and recognized educational institutions in Latin America. It has been recognized by the Times Higher Education Ranking as the No. 1 university of the 150 that make up the Latin American region. On the other hand, QS World University Rankings 2020 also positioned this institution at No. 127 in the world, five positions higher than the previous ranking. These two rankings allow us to be considered within the top 12%, and make up the select 1% of the best universities worldwide. Read more here

Scattered among four campuses, UC’s 18 faculties specialize in various areas of the sciences, arts, and humanities, contributing research in social sciences, natural sciences, health, economics, agriculture, philosophy, theology, and arts and letters. Highly ranked in Economics and Mathematics, UC is known for its exceptional, first-rate education with an emphasis on tradition. UC has approximately 25,400 undergraduates with an academic staff of 2,000. Scattered all across the city, UC’s campuses are accessible through the Transantiago system. Among the top choices among Chilean applicants, UC offers a stimulating intellectual environment in all disciplines.

Check out their course catalog: here 

The Universidad de Chile is a public university, the oldest higher educational institution in Chile and among the most prestigious in Latin America. With a rich history dating back to Chile’s Republican era at its founding in 1842, UCh continues to stand as the main Chilean institution in scientific and technological research. With 14 faculties distributed among five campuses, UCh consistently ranks internationally among the best universities for its innovation in science, technology, social sciences, and the arts. UCh has approximately 29,000 undergraduates with an academic staff of 3,380. Scattered across the city, UCh’s campuses are accessible through the Transantiago system. With notable alumni like Nobel laureates Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, UCh is one of the top choices for Chileans, a culture rich with diversity, social activism, and progressive thought.

Check out their course catalog: here

Universidad Diego Portales is a private university, considered as one of the leading private universities in the country. Known for its high involvement in the development of social policies, UDP has implemented various research programs in the political and social sciences to find solutions to national public matters. In addition to their outstanding Political Science and Social Science departments, UDP’s schools of Law, Architecture, Psychology, Journalism, Education, and Economics are top-ranked. Committed to pluralism and transparency, UDP values diverse opinions among its students and professors. UDP has approximately 14,400 undergraduates with an academic staff of 1,300. All UDP’s campuses are located in Barrio República, a historic university neighborhood in downtown Santiago. With excellent academics, UDP has a diverse student body and offers many interesting institutions and centers, like its Center for Human Rights and Center for Comparative Policies in Education.

Check out their course catalog: here 

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 have the opportunity to be matched up with Chilean host students (through Universidad Católica's "Mentores para Alumnos de Intercambio" Program), or can partipate in events through the "Comisión de Acogida UC" (CAUC), both of which show program participants around the city, and are available to support students if they have questions or doubts.

Pro-Seminar Course

Students take a mandatory credit-bearing Pro-seminar course throughout the semester, which introduces them to the local context through cultural activities, local excursions, and lectures. The Pro-Seminar sessions are composed of lectures given by local and Harvard faculty traveling to the region. Students will be evaluated on their performance and receive a grade at the end of the semester.

General Objectives

  • Understand Chile’s most pressing social problems
  • Examine the political and economic effects of globalization on Latin America
  • Understand the region’s current cultural/political situation

Past Pro-Seminar Topics

  • Changes in Contemporary Chilean Politics: protests, constitution, education and health
  • The Extraction Development Model and its Disadvantages
  • Social Politics and Inclusion: Education, Poverty and Health
  • Sustainable Development and the Environment
  • Social Movements
  • Regionalism
  • The Fight for Indigenous Rights
  • Memory, Human Rights and Transitional Justice
  • Immigration
  • Women’s Rights
  • Urban Sociology: Territory, Segregation and Inequality
  • Culture: film, theatre, music and art


The Pro-Seminar sessions will take place twice a month and consist of multimedia presentations given by professors and experts. Students will ask questions and discuss/comment on the presented topics with the faculty and their peers. Throughout the semester, students write journal entries no less than once a week, which record their thoughts over the course of that week. They can reflect on a topic from class, a personal experience, a cultural encounter, or one of the Pro-seminar sessions.

Final Research Project

At the end of the semester, each student will present a Final Research Project that consists of a final presentation and a research paper. 

For more information about the Pro-seminar course, see the course syllabus from Fall 2018.