Students must have completed Advanced Spanish II and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
Applications are due in February for the upcoming fall or full year and in October for the spring term. If you are considering a full year abroad in two locations (split year), you must submit application materials for both programs at the deadline for the first program.
Students must also apply online to CIEE. In order to open a CIEE application, students must first create a MyCIEE account. Students need to create their MyCIEE account and open a CIEE application by the OIP deadline below.
Students on the CIEE program in Chile may take classes at the Universidad de Chile, the leading public university founded in 1842, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the top private university, founded in 1888. The Universidad de Chile, also called La Chile, offers classes in 13 faculties and three institutes and serves over 17,000 students. The PUC, commonly known as La Católica, has 17 different schools and serves 11,000 students. Santiago, where the universities are located, is the economic, cultural and political center of the country. With a population of about 5.8 million, it is the fifth largest city in South America.
Accomodation and Meals
CIEE places students in private homes where students take three meals. During orientation, only breakfast and dinner are taken at home. Students normally eat lunch at a campus cafeteria or budget restaurant.
Level of Program Support
The CIEE resident staff provides academic advising, non-academic support, organizes field trips, and acts as liaison to the universities.
The academic calendar in Chile follows a southern hemispheric model, in which the academic year begins in February and ends in December. Year-long students may consider attending the program for the Chilean academic calendar in order to enhance their social and academic integration. Students may also attend for the northern hemispheric academic year, arriving in Chile in July and completing their studies there the following July. Students who choose to attend the Chile program for the GU fall semester will arrive in Chile in mid-July and depart in mid-December. GU spring semester participants arrive in mid-February and complete their studies in early July.
For more information CIEE courses, please review this link.
Students take Contemporary Chile, a two-week orientation course with CIEE and a minimum of 15 US credits per semester in regular university courses (5 Chilean credits = 2 US credits, 6-9 Chilean credits = 3 US credits, 10 or more Chilean credits = 4 US credits). A maximum of one CIEE course per term permitted in addition with the pre-session course. Students who satisfactorily complete this courseload obtain a total of 16 credits and 5 courses at Georgetown (1 credit earned for the pre-session course per semester. Orientation grade appears on the transcript. Additional non-academic courses and Spanish language courses can be taken, but will not be awarded GU credit.
Chilean grades range from 1-7, and 4 is the minimum passing grade to receive credit.