Country Prep Subpages
|Course No.||Course Name|
|Political Economy of Technology and Development in Latin America|
|Introduction to Latin American Studies|
|Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture|
|Advanced Communication in Spanish: Film, Visual Arts, and Fiction|
|Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film|
|Hispanic America: One Hundred Years of Literature and Film|
|Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film|
|Globalization and its Discontents: Spanish-speaking Nations|
Every student needs a valid passport. If you are a US citizen and need to apply or renew your passport, please visit the US State Department's website for more information. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks. Note: your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your planned return.
Visa for Chile
Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. Please see the list from Chile's Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores to find out if you need a visa based on your country of citizenship.
US Citizens no longer have to pay a reciprocity fee upon entering Chile. Residents of Canada, Mexico, and Australia must pay this fee upon entering Chile. This fee, paid by cash or credit card, is paid prior to going through immigration control. Once paid, you will receive your tourist visa, good for 90 day intervals, and a fee receipt, which will be stapled into the last page of your passport. This one-time fee is good for the life of your passport.
Each flight is booked by the student.
For summer internships, most students book flights immediately after confirming the dates of their internship with their host.
If you need the change the dates on your ticket, there will be a change fee associated with the date change. It is best to purchase your flight after confirming your dates with your internship host. Also keep in mind that one-way tickets are not necessarily less expensive than a round-trip ticket.
If your stay is fewer than 90 days and you do not require an entry visa, it should be possible for you to stay in Chile to travel after your internship ends (at your own expense).
MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout Chile. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early.
1. Host family
Staying with a host family is a great way to immerse yourself into the Chilean culture. If you are interested in staying with a host family while you are in Chile, please contact the Program Manager as soon as possible, as matching you with a family takes time.
Because Santiago is an international city, there are many apartment vacancies. Most students use the resources here to find their apartments.
Check out the cost of living guide to get a sense of how much things cost in Chile. Rent should cost between CLP 160,000-250,000/month (USD 315-500/month) depending on the location of the apartment, and the amenities offered. Utilities, including internet, may or may not be included; be sure to ask your point of contact.
Keep in mind that you'll want to look for a furnished apartment, whether you're planning on living alone or looking for a roommate. Also, most apartment buildings have gastos comunes, or building fees that may cover some utilities. Consult your point of contact.