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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/14/2018 04/14/2018
Summer 2018 02/15/2018
Rolling Admission 05/13/2018 08/11/2018
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Program Type General: External
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Minimum GPA: 2.0
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Language Prerequisite: Yes Housing Options: Host Family
Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Santiago Experience allows undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati to complete full-time, unpaid, academic internship / co-op abroad. The International Experience Program combines comprehensive cultural immersion and work integrated learning. This learning opportunity provides students with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by expanding their academic, cultural and industrial knowledge. Students must have Spanish language knowledge to participate in this course.
Through this program student will be able to:
  • Work with employers across a broad range of fields (includes but not limited to) — architecture, art, business, design, engineering, history, information & technology, and research.
  • Interview and gain employment aligned with their career and academic goals.
  • Participating in a distant learning course that complement and add value to their cultural immersion and work experiences.

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Santiago is the cultural, political and financial center of Chile and is home to the regional headquarters of many multinational corporations. A booming center and gateway to the region - and the world - Santiago exemplifies the county's export-driven economy, which boasts the highest GDP in Latin America.  Santiago's steady economic growth over the past few decades has transformed it into a modern metropolis. The city is now home to a growing theater and restaurant scene, extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and a rising skyline, including the tallest building in Latin America, the Gran Torre Santiago. Santiago has developed a modern transportation infrastructure, including a free flow toll-based, partly underground urban freeway system and the Metro de Santiago, South America's most extensive subway system.

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Who Can Participate?

 The Program is open to all undergraduate majors, freshmen through seniors.

  • Open to all University of Cincinnati Majors, Freshman- Seniors
  • Students must be full-time, matriculating in major
  • Students must be in academic good standing, with a grade point average of at least a 2.0 overall and in major
  • Students must get approval from either academic or cooperative education adviser

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course Name:  COOP EXP and International Academic Internship
Course Number: INT 3071, 3081 & COOP 2011, 2012, 3011,4011, 4012
Credit Level: U - Undergraduate
Credit Hours: 0-12 credit hours
Instruction Method: Field Experience
Pre-requisites/Permissions: Department Approval
BOK:   No
Repeatable: Yes
Level: B-Baccalaureate

This course provides a path for a student to have an internship opportunity outside of the USA and to learn not only from the field experience of the internship but also from guided cultural awareness activities completed via distance learning.  The course helps students close the gap between the academic application of business concepts and their pragmatic utilization in the workplace.  Furthermore the course will examine values and cultural practices, global interconnections (i.e. economic, political, ecological, and technological), worldwide concerns and conditions, origins and past patterns of worldwide affairs, and alternative future directions in worldwide affairs.

Students will register this experience with the University of Cincinnati as either a Co-op experience or an internship experience.
  • Co-op students will register and pay the co-op course registration fee of $465 for the experience. This registration permits students to maintain their full-time student status with the university.
  • Internship students have the option to register for 0 - 12 credit hours based on academic need. Internship students can register for 0 credit hours of $465 to maintain full time student status or register for variable credit hours (1-12 credit hours).

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Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115 

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Living Arrangements

Students will be living with host families.
Student should expect a 45 to 60 minute commute from there residence to their respective employer location (which is very similar to what the locals do daily).

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Getting There

 Students organize their own airline travel arrangements.

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Program Costs


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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

The International Experience Programs offer student advising and programmatic services to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship and grants. 
Scholarship funding may be available through UC International Programs. For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid. UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

The Academic Internship Council will provide country-specific visa application instructions, resources and assistance to all program participants.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Downloading the mobile application
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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Contacts for More Information

Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Career Education and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115 
Darnice Langford
Professor, Emerita
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115
Erin Cohen
Manager of International Programming
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115

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