Kristen Grace

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2018
  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2019

Housing Options:


Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

Consortium for Advanced Studies (CASA)

Program Website:

CASA Santiago de Chile


Opportunity Description

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

At a Glance

City: Santiago
Partner: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad de Chile (UCH)
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Chilean families
Language Requirement: Advanced
Calendar: Semester 


Santiago, the capital of Chile, is located in Chile’s central valley, geographically equidistant from the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains. Founded in 1541, Santiago’s rich history offers cultural and historic sites throughout its many different neighborhoods, from the 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding streets of the downtown area to the city’s Parque Forestal, which offers Chileans a vast green space to exercise, meet with friends or family, and attend concerts and other cultural events. About 40% of Chileans reside in one of the 20 different communes/districts of Santiago, making it one of Latin America’s most populated cities and Chile’s cultural, political, and economic center.

Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)

The CASA Chile program is offered by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad, which is comprised of 10 leading research universities in the US and abroad. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. Cornell/CASA programs currently are offered in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, and Spain. Harvard University is the administering institution for the CASA Chile Program.


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.

Program Calendar

Approximate dates are provided based on past programs; students should expect them to vary by year.

Fall: Late July – Mid-December
Spring: Late February – Mid-July


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

On-Site Support 

CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Santiago. 

Application Instructions

Cornell and CASA consortium member school students should visit the CASA Chile program website for more information on applying. Cornell students should apply by the deadline using Cornell's online application system via the "Apply" button at the bottom of this page.  Applications require faculty recommendations so it is important to begin the process early.

Additional Information

For more detailed information about the Cornell Global Program | CASA program in Chile, please visit the CASA website.

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