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Political Science class


Program Summary

Santiago is the capital of one of the world's most rapidly developing countries. South America's fifth most populous city with an estimated 5.6 million residents, Santiago covers an area six times the size of New York City.

This major metropolis was founded in 1541 and has been the focal point of the intellectual and cultural development of Chile from colonial times to the present. Since independence from Spain in 1818, it has been a home to intellectuals and scientists from various parts of the world who have contributed to a vibrant cultural environment. Its location and history has inspired two nobel prize winners, Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, as well as numerous world-class artists and thinkers. Currently, Santiago is the nation's political, commercial, financial, and industrial center as well as the seat of its government. Chile has also emerged as the most solid economy in the region, with close commercial ties to a wide diversity of nations.

Program Location Quarter(s)
Prerequisite(s) Language of Instruction Internship Type Living Arrangements Enrollment Capacity

Autumn Spring

Summer* (*beginning 2014)

SPANLANG 3 or SPANLANG 2A Spanish Academic; part-time, unpaid Homestay 35


The objective of the Santiago Program is to introduce students to the richness and diversity of Latin America. It seeks to familiarize students with the nuances of language, artistic expression, political culture, and environment that characterize the region, while also understanding the uniqueness of the nations in this part of the world. It also seeks to show how past and present can coexist, how legacies endure, and how modernity and innovation can thrive in a national context.

Academic Prerequisites

For all quarters, participants must have completed SPANLANG 3 or SPANLANG 2A. For students who have completed the language prerequisite by other means, please contact the Stanford Language Center to determine if that preparation serves as an equivalent prerequisite.

Related On-Campus Courses:
ANTHSCI 162 Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Problems
ANTHSCI 162B Indigenous Peoples and Social Inclusions in Latin America
ANTHSCI 25 Human Ecology of the Amazon
ANTHSCI 27 The Aztecs and Their Ancestors: Introduction to Mesoamerican Archaeology
CASA 106 Tales of Cannibalism and Capital in Latin America
COMPLIT 142 The Literature of the Americas
HISTORY 275F Social Change in Latin America Since 1900
HISTORY 277H Political Citizenship and the Formation of the Latin American Republics
HISTORY 279 Latin American Development: Economy and Society, 1800-2000
HISTORY 70 Culture, Politics, and Society in Latin America
POLISCI 141 The Global Politics of Human Rights
POLISCI 245F Latin American Political Development
POLISCI 248S Latin American Politics
SPANLIT 161 Survey of Latin American Poetry after Independence
SPANLIT 167 Latin American Short Stories, 20th Century