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385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund
Spring departure: January 1, 2000 - January 1, 2003. Fall departure: August 1, 2000 - August 1, 2003. University: August 1, 1994 - August 1, 2000.
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.
Language: Spanish. Previous language study is not required but recommended.
Host Family Placement: Throughout the country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.
School: March to July and July to December, with a summer vacation from January until March.
Trips: Students have the option of going on a 10-day tour of southern Chile, which visits 10 different cities and villages and ends with a 3-day stay in Santiago.
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 school 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.
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 southern 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.
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.