Chile is a long and narrow country, bordered on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific. It is a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty, with attractions ranging from the towering volcanic peaks of the Andes to the ancient forests of the Lake District. There are a multitude of parks here and plenty of opportunities for adventure travel. Chile is the famed site of Torres del Paine, considered by many to be the finest nature travel destination in all of South America.

Santiago, 60 miles from the coast and the fifth largest city in South America, is home to more than five million inhabitants. This capital city is both modern and dynamic, dominating the political, economic, and cultural life of the country. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains permits many outdoor pursuits such as hiking, skiing, camping, river-rafting, and horseback riding.

Keep in mind – this is the southern hemisphere, so their academic year runs from February to November; our winter is their summer, and vice versa!

A majority of programs offered in Latin America require two to four university-level Spanish and/or Portuguese language classes. In addition, students are expected to take at least one 3-credit language course, if English is not the first language of the country they are visiting.

Marymount University students can participate in the following programs in Chile:

Programs with classes in Spanish only
CIEE – Santiago Liberal Arts