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Syracuse Abroad Announces New English Language Program in Chile

Syracuse Abroad has announced a new study abroad program in Santiago, Chile. The new semester program Santiago Center (courses in English), launching in spring 2024, will provide students with an opportunity to study abroad in South America and take courses in English.

Unlike the Santiago Center Spanish language program that has been running since 2008, this spring-only program will allow students with little or no background in Spanish language to immerse themselves in Latin American culture.

Students with more advanced levels of Spanish can still participate in Syracuse Abroad’s Santiago Center and Santiago Center: Buenos Aires Immersion programs during the fall semesters.

This new iteration of the Santiago Center program allows students to experience life in a vibrant Latin American city while taking a range of courses in the social sciences and humanities in English.

Coursework, community engagement activities and other experiential programming will take place both in and out of the classroom and include multi-country travel opportunities. Many activities will also be available to students during the semester, including theater outings, concert experiences and guided city explorations.

This program is unique because unlike most study abroad programs in South America, it aligns closely with the U.S. academic calendar. Students will arrive in Chile in late January and return home in the beginning of May, leaving time for summer job opportunities or internships. As students arrive during the Chilean summer and depart in mid-fall, it is an ideal time to experience all that Chile has to offer: sporting events, trips to the coast and outdoor activities like hiking, skiing and sand boarding.

All students will participate in the esteemed Santiago Center Signature Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Chile and Latin America led by center director Mauricio Paredes. The seminar will be taught in English and travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Patagonia, examining economic models and social justice within each location.

While in Chile, students can take advantage of a variety of courses offered in English at two top-rated Chilean universities: Universidad Catolica and Universidad Diego Portales. The curriculum will introduce students to the cultures, geopolitics and history of the region and explore topics related to Latin American music, literature, sustainability and economics.

Other unique courses include Dictatorships, Human Rights and Historical Memory in Chile and the Southern Cone (HST/IRP/LAS/PSC424) and Topics in Media Diversity and Inclusion: Diversity in Contemporary Chilean Film (COM380).

Introductory and intermediate Spanish courses will also be offered for continued language immersion. There is no language prerequisite for this program, but students would benefit from having basic Spanish language skills. Students will be required to take one Spanish language course during the semester. View all academic information.

Students will live with Chilean host families that have basic or intermediate English-language skills. Traditionally, host families serve as a strong support network and help students navigate the city and local culture.

By living in a homestay, students will get an inside look into everyday Chilean life and develop their Spanish language skills throughout the semester.

To learn more, students can visit the Syracuse Abroad website or make an appointment with an International Program Advisor.

Applications for this spring 2024 program will open on June 1, 2023.

Source : Syracuse University News