ISA established its Chile study abroad program in 1996, a time when this South American nation was first becoming a country of choice among U.S students looking to study abroad in the Spanish-speaking world. The allure of Chile for American students can be attributed to numerous factors. Among these are Chile's incredible topography (mountains and beaches are equally accessible), Chile's rich literary and cultural heritage, and the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen!
The fact that Nobel laureates Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda are both Chilean seldom goes unnoticed among students and connoisseurs of Hispanic literature and culture. Also significant is the fact that Chile has continued to be a prominient player in the global economy, enjoying excellent political relations with the United States.
Chile is also one of the most prosperous Latin American countries and the benefits of this prosperity include an excellent educational system and a multitude of distinguished universities. One of these universities, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, serves as the academic anchor of ISA's Chile study abroad programs. Students will be able to take courses in Spanish language and Latin American studies with international students, as well as many electives with local Chileans. The other school, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, is in Viña del Mar, just 15 minutes up the coast. Students will focus on international business courses in English or electives with locals.
Southern South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Argentina and Peru
Northern Chile is best identified by the Atacama Desert which is considered to be the driest desert in the world and is an area of extreme temperature fluctuations.
The central region of the country, which includes Santiago and Valparaíso, has a Mediterranean climate that makes this region responsible for a large portion of Chile's agricultural productivity.
The climate around Valparaíso is moderate and cool from May to October and warm and mild from November to April. Southern Chile has a cold and rainy climate and is characterized by vast forests, lakes, and glaciers.
The eastern border of Chile is comprised of the Andes Mountain range whose high elevation is responsible for extreme temperatures throughout the year.