This famous 2009-mile strip of land, sandwiched by the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Andes to the East, offers geographic diversity rivaled by few other nations. From the frozen tip of Patagonia to the arid, hot Atacama Desert, through all the temperate landscapes, jaw-dropping beaches, and hazy wine regions in between, Chile keeps its visitors mesmerized with natural beauty and cultural wealth. Chile also boasts some of the best universities in Latin America.
Students who love the extremes, or those who are content with a beautiful sunset and a good bottle of Cabernet will add value to their Spanish-immersion experience in Chile. Aside from the offerings of the land, the Chilean people possess a rich literary tradition, a bittersweet national history, and an exciting culinary scene.
City slickers can see and be seen in the sprawling metropolis of Santiago, or seek weekend refuge at a smaller beach town. Easter Island is an ideal destination for admirers of flora and fauna. Skiers and snowboarders can spend months slaloming at the country’s numerous ski resorts while couples can take a romantic trip over to the wine country for some of the world’s finest vino.
A recent survey by QS World University, shows that Santiago is the third best Latin American city in which to study abroad, ranking 41st within the 98 cities considered in the survey. Among the best universities in Latin America are Pontificia Universidad Católica (2nd place) and Universidad de Chile (4th place).
Chile’s strength relies on high quality education services and the prestige it has abroad, particularly within Latin America; the country’s secure and stable political, economic and social environment; and the diversity of educational programs on offer at universities with wide international networks.
Tandem Santiago has offered Spanish immersion courses in Chile for 20 years now. Students choose group courses with 20, 30, or 35 lessons per week or private courses that instruct general Spanish, which can be personalized to delve into specific purposes such as Spanish for teachers, lawyers, doctors, or business as well as DELE preparation classes. Other educational opportunities include a wine course, salsa classes, weekend excursions to the Andes and the coast, and exchange activities with local students.
Tandem Santiago is a founding member of the AMERIGO network of high-quality Latin American language schools. AMERIGO schools boast excellent track records and are locally owned and operated. By studying in the AMERIGO network, students can choose city combination programs, spending their immersion experiences in different locations, such as Academia Uruguay, Academia Buenos Aires, and SET Idiomas in Córdoba, Argentina.
Chile-Spanish is a student residence language school in the center of Puerto Varas (Lake District), where students can learn Spanish by immersing themselves in the local culture. Native teachers create a custom curriculum to fit the individual needs of each student. Their teaching method aims to make students feel good about language learning. Extra-curricular activities include nature walks, cooking classes, visiting museums and local markets places, while also affording opportunities to visit locations that are off the beaten path.
The student residence offers private bathrooms, kitchenettes, WiFi, and a library. With direct views of two volcanoes nestled behind lake Llanquihue, this small town is the ideal starting point for adventure sports like zip-lining, canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding or rafting.