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
Partner: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad de Chile (UCH)
Housing: Homestay accommodations with Chilean families
Language Requirement: Advanced
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.
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.
CASA-appointed on-site staff assist students upon arrival and throughout their stay in Santiago.
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.
For more detailed information about the Cornell Global Program | CASA program in Chile, please visit the CASA website.
How do I choose among programs?
- See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
- Use the search features on the Experience Cornell Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
- Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
- Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students
How do I apply?
Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.
- For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
- For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)