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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 10/15/2023 10/15/2023 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Discover South America

This program runs each Spring semester.

Applications for Spring 2023 are due October 15th, admissions decisions are rolling.
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Overview From the bustling metropolises of Buenos Aires and Santiago to the picturesque cobblestone streets of Colonia, and the ancient cities of Cuzco and Quito, South America is a captivating region. The WFU/Chile: Across South America program is a unique multi-city program offering students the opportunity to study and experience the region's historical, political, economic, and cultural diversity. 

Location The WFU/Chile: Across South America program is based in the capital city of Santiago.  As the cultural and economic heart of the country, Santiago is known for its thriving business sector and its vast array of museums, galleries, and festivals.  The city serves as a major Latin American travel hub, thus making it easy for students to visit other sites in Chile and Latin America.
Program Starting in Santiago, Chile in January over four weeks all students will take one of the Resident Professor courses and CGS 170 Contemporary Chilean Language and Culture, a 3-credit course that fulfills the program language requirement.
Students will spend the month of February traveling throughout South America, exploring the different countries and cultures. Students may visit Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay before returning to Chile for the rest of the semester. Contemporary Chilean Language and Culture will continue throughout February.
Upon return from the academic excursions, students will begin the rest of their course work.  
The Primary Track (12-15 hours):  No previous Spanish language study required.  Students will take one Resident Professor course in January and CGS 170 Contemporary Chilean Language and Culture (January-May).  From March until the program concludes in May, students will choose two to three additional courses. 
The Internship Track (12-15 hours):  Requires the completion of at least five semesters of Spanish at Wake Forest.  Students will take one Resident Professor course in January and CGS 170 Contemporary Chilean Language and Culture (January-May).  Additionally, students enroll in LAS 388 Internship in Latin American and Latino Studies and choose one to two additional courses. 
The Honors Track (13-16 hours):  Requires the completion of at least one 200-level Spanish course at Wake Forest.  Students will take one Resident Professor course in January and CGS 170 Contemporary Chilean Language and Culture (January-May).  Typically, students will enroll in LAS 380 Latin American and Latino Studies Honors Coloquium (4 hrs), LAS 388 Internship in Latin American and Latino Studies and one additional course. 

Courses Open to All Students
ECN 271 Selected Area in Economics: Latin American Economics (3h) (D)
This course is primarily designed for undergraduate students with basic knowledge of micro and macroeconomics, but no previous exposition to empirical or theoretical approaches to Latin American countries, economic growth models or the economics of emerging and less developed economies.
INS 170 Special Topics: Contemporary Chilean Language and Culture (3h)
MSC 104 Music of Latin America (3h) (CD, D)
The course will focus on understanding the history, cultural connotations and sonic traits of Latin American music, aiming to enrich a listening experience devoted to diverse types of popular rhythms and genres that have flourished throughout the continent, while enabling discussions around the topic of Latin American identity. In a first stage, we will point out common characteristics of the music of Latin America as a whole, establishing a ground over which we may analyze the detailed particular cross-border cultural area ranging from Colombia to Chile, with special prominence in Peru (and Bolivia), Argentina and Chile, in a sort of musical journey across the territory. Once in Chile, and having attained a continental perspective, we will study characteristic types of local music, in an effort to understand their genesis, significance and projections.
POL 114 Comparative Government and Politics: Chile in World Perspective (3h) (CD, D)/POL 242 Topics in Comparative Politics: Chile in World Perspective
This course aims to provide a general introduction to Comparative Political Economy through an in-depth analysis of one case study (Chile). There will be regional (Latin American) and global (East Asian, North American and European) comparisons brought in, to illuminate our understanding of the politics and economics of Chile. Using this study of Chile, the course aims to address the ‘big questions’ in the field of Comparative Political Economy of Development: Why are some countries so rich while others are so poor? What kind of policies can reduce poverty and inequality in a country? How does democracy affect the struggle to reduce absolute and relative poverty and improve living standards for ordinary people?

SPA 319 Literary and Cultural Studies of Spanish American (3h)
Study of selected major works of Spanish-American literature within their historical and cultural contexts. Emphasis on linguistic and political structures, intellectual currents, art, music, and film to promote understanding of Spanish America's historical development. Offered only in WFU abroad programs. P-SPA 280 or 290. (CD)

It is the student’s responsibility to speak to their major and minor advisor(s) regarding their abroad coursework and how (or if) it will count towards their degree plan.

Printable course list:  WFU/Chile: Across South America Course Approvals

Spring 2023 Program with Dr. Karin Friederic, Anthropology

ANT 114 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Lens on Latin America (3 h) (CD, D)
Investigates and interprets the cultural diversity of the world's people, through an understanding of economic, social, and political systems, law, and religion; language and culture; gender, race, ethnicity, kinship and the family; and globalization and culture change. Credit toward the major or minor not given for both ANT 111 and ANT 114.

ANT 327 Global Justice and Human Rights in Latin America: Perspectives from Chile (3h) (CD)/POL 242 Topics in Comparative Politics (3h)
Examines anthropological understandings of human rights, with emphasis on activism and rights-in-practice in Latin America. Explores how human rights are understood, mobilized, and reinterpreted in specific contexts. Investigates how anthropologists negotiate tensions between culture and rights, universalism and relativism, and advocacy and neutrality.

Spring 2024 Program with Dr. Peter Siavelis, Politics and International Affairs 

POL 114/242 Comparative Government and Politics (3h) (D) (CD)
An analysis of political institutions, processes, and policy issues in selected countries. Case studies will be drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

POL 286 Research Seminar in Comparative Politics (3h)
Intensive study of one or more topics in the discipline. May not be used to meet one of the four area requirements. May be repeated for credit.
Up to 6 hours may be counted toward the major.
Faculty Spring 2022:  Dr. Paul Jones, Chemistry,
Spring 2023:  Dr. Karin Friederic, Anthropology,
Spring 2024:  Dr. Peter Siavelis, Politics and International Affairs, 
Accommodation In order to optimize learning of language and culture, students will live with Chilean host families during their time in Santiago.
While on program excursions students, will live in shared accommodations.
Excursions During their time in Chile, students will visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar and other local attractions.
During the month of February, students will embark on academic excursions to locations that may include Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay.  All costs associated with travel, housing, some meals and program activities are covered.  Students are responsible for some meals, personal expenses, and visa fees where applicable.
Previous excursions have included a graffiti tour and traditional Argentina BBQ at an estancia in Buenos Aires, beach visit and city tour in Montevideo, ride in the TelefériQo in Quito, and an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu.
Students will also have the opportunity for personal travel throughout the semester.
Selection Most successful applicants have a GPA of 2.5.  If your GPA is lower than 2.5, you are still encouraged to apply and to discuss your application with a study abroad advisor.  The admissions committee considers a number of factors in addition to your cumulative GPA.  Students must also be in good academic standing with the university to participate in the program.
This program has rolling admissions, enabling student to receive admission decisions as soon as their application is complete. Students should have their applications submitted no later than October 15.
Costs Students will pay regular WFU tuition, a housing fee and a meal fee.  The cost will include materials, orientations, excursions, most meals, housing during the program, laundry, and registration fees.  Accepted students will receive a travel scholarship of $1,500.00 to offset the cost of roundtrip airfare.  Federal and institutional financial aid may be used on this program.
Students are responsible for personal expenses, some meals, visa/entry fees and passport fees and round trip airfare to Santiago. 
Scholarships All students accepted to this program a receive a travel scholarship up to $1,500 to help off-set the cost of airfare.  Students are also eligible for scholarships from the Center for Global Programs and Studies.  For more information on scholarships, visit our funding page.
Contact Dr. Peter Siavelis
Professor, Politics of International Affairs
Kirby Hall 308
Phone: (336) 758 5451

Cody Ryberg
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
Reynolda Hall 116
Phone: (336-758-6194)


Chile Global Ambassadors:
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Elise Wood (