The IFSA Butler in Santiago is a supported enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year to students with at least 5 semesters of Spanish. Students are able to choose courses from up to three universities in Santiago. To ensure academic success, all students are paired with a tutor to answer any language and academic questions or concerns that students have.
Santiago, with a population of 6 million, is the urban heart of Chile and offers students all the events and cultural opportunities they might want, with easy transportation to other regions of Chile.
This program is designed for students with a strong command of the Spanish language from most majors. Students enroll in a language class, an optional program course on Chilean society and regular university classes alongside of their Chilean peers. Students may take classes at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Diego Portales for a wide array of educational institutions and course options.
While in Santiago, students live with host families and can get involved with the local community through volunteer projects, campus groups, and activities. The homestay allows students to practice their Spanish in a more casual environment than the classroom while gaining insight into the daily life of Chileans.
Students in Santiago can take day trips to Sewell and El Teniente Coper Mine, Isla Negra and Valparaiso, as well as sightseeing tour of Santiago. Students also take a three day excursion to La Serena during the spring semester and to Golfo de Arauco in the fall.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.