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The Santiago program offers students a unique encounter with the vibrant culture of Latin America. Students may choose from a variety of courses that explore relevant topics in the region including economic development, the environment, climate change, sustainability, literature and artistic expression.

In addition to classes, students will participate in a variety of academic field trips to enhance their exposure to Chile’s rich culture and diverse environment. Additionally, students will travel to Patagonia to explore its history and ecology during spring and fall quarters. Students participating in the summer quarter program will have the opportunity to travel outside Chile in field trips to other countries in the region.

Photo by Wyatt Mullen, BOSP Santiago Spring 2016-17.

Learn More About the BOSP Santiago Program

Photo: Given the proliferation of legal (and illegal) salmon farms in the Chilean fjords, water quality has become an increasing concern. We wanted to collect and analyze our data to be used as a baseline to which future studies could be compared to, allowing scientific quantification of the effects of human activity on the natural water system. —Benjamin Yeh,  Summer 2015-16

BOSP students on a boat. Patagonia, Chile. By Benjamin Yeh.

The Santiago program is now open during Autumn, Spring and Summer quarters! This schedule will give students more of a chance to interact with local university students and faculty, and students who can't go abroad during the academic year will have the opportunity to go abroad during the summer.

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

What I Did in Santiago

Ellie Bowen and other BOSP Santiago students.

Ellie Bowen

The program is relatively small, so you get a lot more individualized attention from professors, especially in comparison to normal Stanford classes. The teaching team for the Santiago program is extremely dedicated to student learning, and are always willing to meet with you to discuss class material, offer book recommendations, or help you practice Spanish.