Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad - Santiago


Study abroad on a Harvard-affiliated program that enrolls you directly in regular university courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Universidad de Chile, and the Universidad Diego Portales along with regularly enrolled Chilean university students. The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad - Santiago (CASA Santiago)program, administered by Harvard's Office of International Education and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), allows undergraduate students from Consortium schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Trinity College Dublin, University of Melbourne, University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt) with advanced Spanish language proficiency to study alongside Chilean and international students, while living with a Chilean host family. At the CASA Santiago Center, a Proseminar course is taught to support, and enhance the students’ coursework at the Chilean universities. 

Through participating in the CASA-Santiago program, you will have the opportunity to improve your fluency in Spanish, while simultaneously learning the many chilenismos that exist. The program is delivered in Spanish, therefore students must have taken at least five semesters of college level Spanish, or equivalent. 

For more information on this program, consult the CASA Santiago program webpage. 

Prerequisites: Five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent proficiency; minimum gpa of 3.0

To Apply: Submit the CASA-Santiago Program Application with all supplemental materials to the Office of International Education by the appropriate deadline. After the application deadline the OIE will contact you to schedule a Spanish language assessment interview at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

The CASA Santiago Program has its own Harvard application due by the following deadlines:

March 1 for Fall Term or Academic Year 
October 1 for Spring Term 

Program Application Materials:

  1. The CASA - Santiago Program Application
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Letter of recommendation from an FAS faculty member (sealed)
  4. Copy of Harvard Student Record 
  5. Resume or CV
  6. Course Preference Form (tentative list of courses found here, under "Academics")
  7. Proof of Health Insurance (photo copy of insurance ID card is sufficient)
  8. Passport photocopy
  9. Passport photo (1) 

Remember to Apply for Transfer Credit:
March 1 for Fall Term Abroad; 
October 1 for Spring Term Abroad