Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. The country leads Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization and economic freedom.
The pristine natural wonders of Chile leave travelers in awe and locals fiercely proud of the beauty of this place. The country occupies a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south.
Chile covers a hugely diverse array of landscapes, from the desolate landscape of Chile's Atacama Desert, to the fertile vineyards of the Central Valley, to the lush rainforests of the Lake District, to the magnificent glaciers and peaks of the Chilean Patagonian tableland and more than 3,000 miles of coastline.
You'll experience the warmth and humor of the Chilean people straight away, enjoying the Buena onda (good vibes) of their welcome, and settling in to the relaxed atmosphere and friendly fabric of local life.
Since 2012, Arcadia has been bringing exciting summer programs in Chile to our students through our academic partnership with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Our staff and the staff at PUCV will support you on the ground, helping with everything from health and safety assistance, to academic guidance and organizing excursions and events to help you make the most of your experience.
Chile has a rich and complicated history. Prior to arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while the indigenous Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile. Chile declared its independence from Spain on February 12, 1818. Although Chile remained free of the coups that characterize South America, it endured the 17-year long military dictatorship (1973–1990) of Augusto Pinochet.
Scholarships relating to these programs are available!