Middlebury College Program in Chile

  • Location: La Serena, Temuco, Valdivia, Concepción, Santiago, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


Opportunity to study at Spanish-speaking universities: La Serena: Universidad de La Serena; Temuco: Universidad de la Frontera; Valdivia: Universidad Austral de Chile; Concepción: Universidad de Concepción; Santiago: Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Valparaíso: Universidad de Valparaíso and Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Courses at the Universidad de Playa Ancha are not accepted for credit. Students must take one course – the “Cuaderno Latinoamerico” – at the Program Center. Opposite seasons to North America. Internships available for credit in many fields. Volunteer opportunities for interested students.

  • Visa:

    Required. Middlebury College recommends visa applications be sent to the Boston consulate which does not require a FBI background check. There is also a consulate in Philadelphia. Students should not apply through the consulate in Washington, DC, as it requires FBI clearance which takes several months.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    A minimum of two years of college level Spanish is required. A semester of coursework in literature or culture at the 200 level is required. Students must be enrolled in a Spanish course the semester prior to study abroad.

    La Serena, Concepción and Valparaíso students should be independent, as well as comfortable in an international setting, since these programs offer little on-site help for study abroad students due to the low number of international students studying in these cities. Santiago is the only location with a resident director on-site. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Spanish language course. Students must sign a pledge to speak Spanish.

    Academic Credit

    A full semester course load for undergraduates is 4.5 classes; usually 15-16 semester credit hours. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Universidad de La Serena: sciences, humanities, and engineering; strong in biology, ecology, and geography. Universidad de la Frontera (Temuco): has schools of medicine, engineering and administration, education and humanities, and agricultural sciences; best known for sociology, anthropology, and indigenous studies. Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia): full humanities, fine arts and sciences programs; well known for ecology, marine biology, and forestry. Universidad de Concepción: Liberal Arts curriculum; strong in History, Public Administration, Spanish Literature and Biological, Environmental and Marine Sciences. Universidad de Chile: Full range of courses in every field of study. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Full range of course in every field; students not allowed to take Studio Art, Music or Political Science Courses. Universidad de Valparaíso: Liberal Arts curriculum; strong in profession areas such as Law, Medicine, Nursing, Design, Architecture and Economics. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso: Liberal Arts curriculum; strong in Marine Sciences, Business, History and Public Administration.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Art History, Architecture, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Feminine and Gender Studies, Film, Fine Arts, Geology, Growth and Structure of Cities, Health Sciences, Health Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Theater

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Students receive a two-day orientation to Chilean culture and academic life.

    Number of Students: Approximately 12 students attend each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestay or home-style pension. No meals are provided.

    Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Late July to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early March to mid-July
  • Year: Late July to mid-July
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 1
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: February 1
Faculty Contact

Graciela Michelotti

Roberto Castillo Sandoval