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Language Prerequisites



NOTE: Preference will be given to students with additional language study.

Native speakers are expected to demonstrate their level of language ability (writing, verbal, and reading) by providing results of a language placement test. Please contact the Stanford Language Center if you have questions about placement exams.


All students, including native speakers, are expected to demonstrate their level of language ability (writing, verbal and reading) by providing results of a recent language placement test or previous coursework. Please set up an appointment to speak with Pat de Castries at the Stanford Language Center.

Most courses offered in Santiago are conducted in Spanish, and students continue their language studies while participating in the program. The grading basis for Spanish language classes is Letter Grade Only.

Upon arrival in Santiago, all participants are expected to take an additional oral language placement test. Students who have not placed out of the 2nd-year Spanish language sequence are required to enroll in 2nd-Year Spanish while in Santiago. In addition to formal language classes, students can enroll in a 2-unit language tutorial and may work individually with a language tutor.

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Directed Reading

Students studying in Santiago can arrange a directed reading guided by a mentor who is a Stanford faculty member.

Those interested in pursuing a directed reading should work closely their academic advisor and the Santiago Program Director in developing these projects. Students planning to work with a Stanford faculty member should also consult with this mentor as well. A Directed Reading Proposal (downloadable form) must be submitted to the Overseas Studies office at least one month prior to the quarter of intended study. A directed reading may be taken only in addition to twelve units of regular coursework offered directly by the center.

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Course Credit

The Santiago Program offers courses that provide credit toward Stanford graduation and most classes also count toward an undergraduate major. Students must enroll in a minimum of twelve units from the courses offered through the program (local university courses are not included). For a list of all classes and information on which ones earn departmental credit or fulfill General Education Requirements, students should consult the BOSP course database or Axess.

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Local University Coursework

If you enroll in Santiago for BOTH Winter and Spring Quarters, you may take pre-selected classes at either or both of two prominent universities:

  • Universidad de Chile
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Courses are available in: history, literature, social sciences, art, biology, and political science, among other areas, awarding generally 4 units of Stanford credit per course (though not necessarily as department credit towards a major). Upon return to Stanford, you must submit completed coursework to the appropriate department for assessment.

Studying at a local university is a valuable opportunity for deepening your involvement in the intellectual and social life of your host country.

Cultural Events and Trips

Cultural experiences and field trips, both class-related and center-wide, are an important part of the study-abroad experience in Santiago. Classes have taken field trips to:

  • Pablo Neruda’s home
  • Southern Chile’s Lake District
  • Historical sites
  • Yerba Loca National Park
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Honors Certification in Latin American Studies

In addition to offering departmental honors, the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford offers honors certification for students in other fields of study. The certification program provides students with the opportunity for interdisciplinary coursework and a foreign-area focus that is complementary to their own majors. In particular, students in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences may wish to enhance their studies by acquiring a first-hand understanding of a related aspect of Latin American life.

Students who have participated in the Stanford Program in Santiago, especially those who have completed research, are well prepared to meet the requirements for honors certification.

For more information, please read the description of honors certification in the section on the Center for Latin American Studies in the Stanford Bulletin or consult the Center’s website. Questions should be directed to the Center for Latin American Studies, located in Bolívar House.

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