All around the world.all regions
Africa & Middle East
Asia & Pacific
Pick a place, any place.
Any language requirements?Any Yes No
What I'm into.a traditional exchange
a gap year option
college & university programs
a connection to the Arts
sports & outdoors
a volunteer program
a earlybird option
How long I want to go.All program lengths
When can I leave?whenever
May to September
December to March
Early Bird pricing available!
Spring departure: January 1, 1999 - January 1, 2002. Fall departure: August 1, 1999 - August 1, 2002. University: August 1, 1993 - August 1, 1999. Students who do not meet this age requirement or who will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
Spanish. Previous language study is not required, but recommended.
Host Family Placement
Throughout the country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.
March to July and July to December, with a summer vacation from January until March.
Students have the option of going on a 10-day tour of South Chile, which visits 10 different cities and villages and ends with a 3-day stay in Santiago.
Want to go to the tip of the Earth? You might explore the Antarctic with its glaciers, the botanic wonderland of the Juan Fernandez Islands, or Easter Island with its famous giant statues, the Moai.
Learn more about Chile.
During your time in Chile, you will live with a host family and attend a local school. Part of your exchange experience will be:
School: Most students attend private schools and are placed in the third year of high school studies. Courses at any type of schools are generally compulsory so you will not have a large degree of flexibility when it comes to selecting classes. Students will study Spanish, math, history, science, music, art and physical education.
Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Chile, students will have will have an arrival, a mid-year, and a re-entry orientation to meet with other exchange students from all over the world and reflect on their experiences.
Optional Excursions: YFU Chile offers a 10-day trip to South Chile in April. On this trip, students travel by bus to 10 different cities or villages and have the opportunity to explore cultural and historic sites and appreciate Chilean culture, food, and traditions. The trip ends with a 3-day stay in Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city. This trip is offered to students at an additional cost, and this cost includes transportation, food, lodging, and entrance fees to any group site visits. Students will learn more about this trip after arrival in Chile.
Additional Costs: YFU will pay for registration and tuition fees for enrollment in school, but students must cover the costs of textbooks, uniforms, activity fees, and transportation (approx. $100 per month).
Visa Information: The visa process for students going to Chile is complicated and may involve multiple trips to a consulate. While students are on the exchange program in Chile, their parents may be required to visit the consulate again to obtain additional visa documents. Students requiring a visa may need to initiate an FBI background check as part of the visa application process. This background check can take 12 weeks or more to complete, so it is recommended that students initiate this process as soon as possible. Please visit the Embassy of Chile webpage and find the consulate that has jurisdiction over your state for more information. Beginning in July 2014, the Chilean Government now requires that all foreign students under the age of 18 bring a copy of their birth certificate translated to Spanish and legalized in the Chilean consulate. This document is in addition to the natural parent authorization to leave Chile which also must be legalized at the Chilean Consulate. Students are responsible for paying all fees associated with obtaining the visa, including travel to the consulate or embassy if necessary.
Students who attend the music program in Chile will reap the benefits of attending core academic subjects in the mornings, and specialized music courses in the afternoons. These may include composition, or courses specific to one instrument. Students should submit information about their musical background with their application, and will take an entrance exam upon arrival at their Chilean school.
High school graduates are invited to experience all that a Chilean university has to offer! Students on the university program attend Universidad Catolica del Norte (UCN). YFU students at UCN are able to choose courses that interest them from a variety of classes and careers traditionally offered in the first two years of undergraduate education in Chile. The program also includes a Spanish language course offered through the university, but students should arrive in Chile with at least an elementary knowledge of Spanish. Tuition for the university is included in YFU's program tuition. To learn more about this opportunity, contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
-Placement with a host family
-Enrollment in a local Chilean high school or university
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from a YFU Chile Area Representative while on program
Program tuition does not include personal spending money. YFU Chile recommends that students plan for about $200 for every month that they are on program.
The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!
Early Bird Rates Now Available!
Rates apply to summer and fall departure programs only. Scholarships are not applicable.
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