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Chilean home

A country of variety, Chile combines the world's driest desert, a slice of Antarctica, Easter Island, a temperate southern jungle, and a sophisticated urban landscape, all in this slim extension of land squeezed between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. Chile is well known for being a country of poets, a sentiment which resonated in the 20th century through the voices of two Nobel Prize winners, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, as well as Vicente Huidobro and Pablo de Rokha.

BC Programs - Semester & Academic Year

BC students wishing to study in Chile have the choice of a semester or academic year either at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) or the Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH), both of which are located in Santiago and offering extensive access to the city.

BC Programs - Summer

Please visit our Summer Programs Page to learn about current offerings.

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Speak to an OIP Advisor

In preparation for your study abroad in Chile, you will work with a Boston College OIP Advisor who specializes in this country and in BC's programs there. Your advisor will help guide you through the application and pre-departure process, as well as act as your main contact with BC while abroad. For students studying abroad in Chile, your advisor is Patrick O'Donnell.

To find out more information about this program, or to schedule an appointment with Patrick, please click here.


Beach in Chile

Currency in Chile

The main unit of currency in Chile is the Peso. 

It is important to remember that pesos and dollars are not equal, however, and students should consult a currency conversion calculator.


Current Events & News Resources

In preparation for your time in Chile, you should familiarize yourself with the current events and contemporary issues facing the Chilean Republic. By knowing about your host country before you arrive, you are making yourself a more informed traveler, a more receptive student and a better prepared individual. It is also helpful to know about your host country so you can pack correctly. Following these and other news sources will be of great value in preparing you for your time abroad.


Colorful urban homes in Chile


Language & Customs

The official language of Chile is Spanish, and while many Chileans do receive some English instruction, students should rely primarily on their own Spanish language skills.

Chilean customs may be very different than many in the United States. It is best to familiarize yourself with acceptable practices before you arrive in the country. Some tips for successful cultural integration may be found here.



Visa Information

Passport/Visa information

Students will receive visa workshop and pre-departure orientation information via e-mail.

All workshops and orientations are mandatory.