Imagine learning Spanish, immersing yourself in Chilean culture and exploring the wonders of nature? We have a great tip for you. Chile is considered to be the narrowest country in the world, but it offers many fantastic experiences like volcanoes and glaciers. An excellent place to dive into the Spanish language.
Join us on an extraordinary journey with our homestay and high school exchange programs, designed for students aged 14 to 18. You can even do a Gap year in Chile!

Click below to choose your favorite program and access a wealth of information: detailed descriptions, immersive videos, interesting activities, testimonials from other students, and program costs.
Your adventure to discover everything Chile has to offer starts now!

Why should you study Spanish in Chile?

Discover why we think Chile is a good place to learn Spanish!

  • A trendy destination where students have fun studying and spending their holidays improving the language.
  • Chilean cuisine is actually very unique, as it was not only influenced by Spanish cooking, but also by other cuisines throughout Europe like Germany, Italy, Croatia and France. Taste Chilean empanadas and sopaipillas!
  • There are a lot of music festivals. Meet new friends from around the world in Chile.
  • Beaches, mountains, deserts...Chile is a land of geographic extremes, and it is absolutely paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Become an exchange student in Chile. There are has an extensive network of universities and associated facilities.
  • Learn more about the history of Chile, visiting all museums and famous monuments.
  • Emerging countries are often great destinations for students, and Chile is no exception.
  • Visit the Chilean part of Patagonia. At Isla Magdalena, there are more than 120,000 penguins living around.
  • Chile is home to many species of animals, including eight of the world’s largest species of sea birds.
  • After you’ve completed your Chile study abroad experience, discover the rest of Latin America by visiting another country.

Since 1957, Nacel offers a wide range of study abroad programs for students and adults and Spanish courses in Chile. Our Chilean coordinators will make your language travel in Chile an exceptional and unforgettable experience.

We offer you Spanish courses in the most beautiful destinations of Chile: learn Spanish in Chile!

Invest in your education, learn English in Chile with us and travel cheaper and more local. Hundreds of students have already traveled with Nacel. You are welcomed in the Nacel's family as well!

Do you want to know more about Chile?

Let us give you some key information:

  • Country: Republic of Chile
  • Number of inhabitants: 18,549,457 (2023 est.)
  • Climate: temperate; desert in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south
  • Capital: Santiago
  • Government type: republic
  • Currency: Chilean peso (CLP)
  • Religions: Christianity 62.1%, 0.5% other, 37.4% no religion (2022)
  • Languages: Spanish (official), Mapudungun, German, English
  • National Holiday: Independence Day, 18 September (1810)
  • GPD per capita: $17,253 (2023 est.)

Chilean Spanish is the variety of Spanish spoken in most of Chile. Though still entirely mutually intelligible with standard Spanish, Chilean Spanish has distinctive pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and slang usage. Spanish speakers often say that Chileans speak very quickly and "mix up words". But if you master Chilean Spanish, you will be able to understand any other Spanish speaker.

If you wish to go to Santiago city, you can visit La moneda Palace, Costanera center, the museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and a lot more!

Source: Wikipedia

Do you want to know more about studying in Chile? We'll explain!

In Chile, the education system starts with 8 years of basic education, divided into two cycles of 4 years each. Secondary education (Educación media) lasts for four years.

Around 13 to 15 different subjects are offered during each school year, such as Spanish, Math, Economics, English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Government, Philosophy, Sports, Algebra, etc.

Students decide whether to specialize either in humanistic-scientific education or in technical-professional education. Students who successfully complete their secondary education obtain the “Licencia de Educación Media” or the title of “Técnico de Nivel Medio”.

Grades 9 and 10 are standardized. From grade 11 though (Tercero Medio) students may choose to focus more on sciences or humanities. In this case, either maths / physics / biology / chemistry or literature / philosophy / historyrespectively receive greater attention.

Mandatory classes are usually: Language and Communication, Maths, Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology), History,Geography, Social Science, English, Physical Education, Visual Arts or Music, Technology during the First 2 years of HighSchool and Philosophy and Psychology during the last 2 years of High School.

All exchange students attend the subjects planned for their grades. Schools start at 8 or 8.30 am and end between 4 and 6 pm, with one lunch dedicated to lunch break. School usually takes place from Monday to Friday (sometimes Saturday).

All classes are taught in Spanish. A uniform is usually required. The average size of schools varies from 400 to 1,200 students; schools include all levels (1st to 12th grade).

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Did you know that Chile...

... uses the word "once" to refer to the afternoon meal (served between 5-9 pm)? Yes, it's like Chilean brunch.
... has an interesting custom: take a break after lunch? It's called "siesta", a delicious way to rest.
... is known for having a great passion for "palta" (avocado). They love to use it as a cooking ingredient in various dishes, including pizzas.
... has a 62-floor building? This 300-meter-high skyscraper is in Santiago. It's amazing!

These are just a few curiosities that we at Nacel thought we'd share with you. Book now to immerse yourself in the Spanish language and get to know it all.

How to apply for a student visa to Chile?

We guide you at each step, you will never walk alone!

Find out everything you need to know to plan your studies in Chile! To avoid unpleasant surprises and prepare well for an unforgettable trip, it's important to know the requirements for obtaining a student visa.
First of all, to study at a school, institute, or university in Chile, you need to have a valid passport. You will also need a student visa. You will then need to fill in a student visa application form. You will also need to request documents from your chosen school.

You can find all the detailed information about the requirements for obtaining a student visa on the Student Visa requirements: click here. This is just an example, contact the nearest consulate. 

But no need to worry, we will be there with you every step of the way to guide you and advise you.

Is Chile the right Study Abroad destination for you? Contact us now

Book a Spanish language course in Chile with Nacel! We can listen to your needs and preferences and help you make the right choice.

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