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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Chile, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

     Any  Yes  No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

2019 Spring departure: Dec. 31, 2000 - January 1, 2004; 2019 Fall departure: Aug. 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. 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 self-study is encouraged prior to arrival.

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 the south of Chile, usually around Easter time.

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.

Special Music Focus Programs 

For students who want an academic intercultural exchange experience, Spanish immersion, and also want to continue their music training, the YFU Chile program is the perfect fit for you!  Students who attend the music program in Chile will reap the benefits of attending general/core academic subjects in the mornings, and specialized music courses in the afternoons. These may include composition, music reading, 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.  The Music program is offered as a semester or year-long option, starting in either the spring or fall. 

Academic Year and Semester Programs

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: Students are placed in public or private schools and typically in 10th or 11th grade. Courses at any type of school are often compulsory so you may 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 or November (spring departures.) 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.


Extracurricular Activities: Most Chilean high schools do not offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, or teams in their local communities in order to get involved and meet locals.

Special Program Offers: YFU Chile offers a 10-day trip to the north or south of Chile, usually around the Easter holiday. In previous years on this trip, students have traveled by bus to different regions, cities, and villages and have had the opportunity to explore cultural and historic sites, as well as nature. The trip is a great opportunity to make friends with other exchange students and to get to know and appreciate Chilean culture, food, and traditions. The trip will end with a 2-day stay in Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city, where student stay with volunteer host families. This trip is offered to students at an additional cost, which includes transportation during the tour, food, lodging, and entrance fees to any group site visits. Students will learn more about this trip after arrival in Chile.


Tuition Includes

-Placement with a carefully selected host family
-Enrollment in a local Chilean high school
-Airport transfers
-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 
-Comprehensive Insurance


Additional Information

Visa Information: Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. 


Additional Costs: YFU will pay for registration and tuition fees for enrollment in school, but students must cover the costs of textbooks, uniforms, and activity fees. Program tuition does not include personal spending money. 




Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year
Fall Year Music
Spring Year
Spring Year Music

0031 *
1365 *
0433 *
1364 *

late July
late July
early January
early January

late June
late June
early January
early January

Fall Semester
Fall Semester Music
Spring Semester
Spring Semester Music

0216 *
1359 *
0141 *
1439 *

late July
late July
early January
early January

early January
early January
late June
late June


* Programs also available to graduates