During your time in Chile, you will live with a host family and attend a local school. Part of your exchange experience will be:
School: Most students attend private schools and are placed in the third year of high school studies. Courses at any type of schools are generally compulsory so you will not have a large degree of flexibility when it comes to selecting classes. Students will study Spanish, math, history, science, music, art and physical education.
Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Chile, students will have will have an arrival, a mid-year, and a re-entry orientation to meet with other exchange students from all over the world and reflect on their experiences.
Optional Excursions: YFU Chile offers a 10-day trip to South Chile in April. On this trip, students travel by bus to 10 different cities or villages and have the opportunity to explore cultural and historic sites and appreciate Chilean culture, food, and traditions. The trip ends with a 3-day stay in Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city. This trip is offered to students at an additional cost, and this cost includes transportation, food, lodging, and entrance fees to any group site visits. Students will learn more about this trip after arrival in Chile.
Additional Costs: YFU will pay for registration and tuition fees for enrollment in school, but students must cover the costs of textbooks, uniforms, activity fees, and transportation (approx. $100 per month).
Visa Information: The visa process for students going to Chile is complicated and may involve multiple trips to a consulate. While students are on the exchange program in Chile, their parents may be required to visit the consulate again to obtain additional visa documents. Students requiring a visa may need to initiate an FBI background check as part of the visa application process. This background check can take 12 weeks or more to complete, so it is recommended that students initiate this process as soon as possible. Please visit the Embassy of Chile webpage and find the consulate that has jurisdiction over your state for more information. Beginning in July 2014, the Chilean Government now requires that all foreign students under the age of 18 bring a copy of their birth certificate translated to Spanish and legalized in the Chilean consulate. This document is in addition to the natural parent authorization to leave Chile which also must be legalized at the Chilean Consulate. Students are responsible for paying all fees associated with obtaining the visa, including travel to the consulate or embassy if necessary.