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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Home-stay GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader, BC Resident Director
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: Philosophy
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Theology major/minor elective; Philosophy major/minor elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: PHIL 4421 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program

In many ways, Chile is illustrative of much of contemporary Latin America's struggles, challenges and political and economic development. This course in Santiago, the nation's capital and financial center, is a unique opportunity to visit and learn about a country that is the oldest democracy in Latin America but which experienced a government takeover which interrupted that democratic tradition. Chile has been rebuilding its democracy ever since against the background of that history.

Now the strongest economy in Latin America, it struggles to reconcile the history behind that: the strength of the economy and the economic well being of much of the population has its roots in the dictatorship; but the dictatorship was ruthless in its violations of human rights to silence opposition. We will study the variety of intellectual influences which were and are behind both of those movements: political philosophies, economic philosophies, liberation theology, Catholic social teaching and Human Rights theory.

Some prior experience with Spanish is recommended, though not required. 
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Faculty Leader

Dr. David McMenamin


Looking especially at the traditions of Chile’s deeply Catholic/Christian culture, its long history of democracy, its dictatorship under Augusto Pinochet and the circumstances immediately preceding the takeover, its emergence as the strongest economy in South America and its struggles to re-establish its democracy, the course explores central areas of thinking that have shaped contemporary Chile. 

Draft Syllabus: 
Through the Eyes of Service - Social Justice in Chile_McMenamin


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508) 
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($1,800)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Santiago and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in a homestay for the duration of their time in Santiago. Families are vetted by BC and many have hosted our students before. Three meals per day are included in the cost of the program.

Cultural Activities

Excursions provided as part of the program include:
  • Course related: Visits to three memorial sites/museums related to Human Rights Violations in Chile.
  • Service component: Santiago homeless shelter.
  • Cultural non-course related: Day trips to Valparaiso (on the pacific coast) and to a local vineyard and community.

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Santiago, as well as making their way from the airport to the orientation location.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.

This program is currently not accepting applications.