Berkeley Summer Abroad

Santiago, Chile: Politics of Development

  • Summary

    Explore Chilean politics from independence to the present, and witness firsthand the forces that have shaped Chilean politics and challenge its society today.

      Interact with Chileans who have been key actors in the politics of development
    Live and study in Santiago, one of Chile's most dynamic cities
    Visit the city of Concepción to learn about early 20th century labor mobilization in the mining sector
    Travel to Valparaíso, the picturesque city on the sea
    Participate in excursions to museums, monuments, and an abandoned mining town that shed light on Chile's rich political history


    On this program, you will examine the politics of development as it has played out in Chile. You will study the political history of this exceptional country, with a focus on the social and economic policies pursued in different periods, and how they have corresponded to different models of development.

    Dates: June 18 – July 27, 2018
    All dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English


    • LATAMAST 160: The Politics of Development in Chile (6 units)



    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher



    • Application opens February 1, 2018
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 9,2018


  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    Course: Latin American Studies 160
    Title: The Politics of Development in Chile
    Dates: June 18 – July 27, 2018
    Instructor: Tiffany Linton Page, Ph.D.
    Units: 6 units
    Syllabus: PDF
    Prerequisites: None

    At various points in Chile's history, the country has been considered exceptional in one way or another. "Chilean exceptionalism" was a term dubbed to describe Chile's early establishment of political stability in the post-independence era. Since then, Chile has been viewed as a "neoliberal success" in comparison to many other countries in the region. And, most recently, the massive student movement of the early 21st century has transformed the country's political agenda.

    In this course, we will learn about "Chilean exceptionalism" in the 19th century, in the process of state formation post-independence. We will have the opportunity to examine labor mobilization in the mining sector, the political incorporation of workers and their demands, and the formation of leftist political parties in the early 20th century. We will also investigate the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Chile's "Peaceful Road to Socialism."

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees

    2018 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition  $2,526 $3,300
    Program Fee $1,382 $1,382
    Total Cost $3,908 $4,682

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,300
    Additional Meals $480
    Books $222
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visa, etc.) $610
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $2,612


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $421 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing in a hostel, including breakfast daily
    • Excursions such as visits to Museo Histórico Nacional, Iglesia de San Francisco, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Santiago and Chile, welcome group lunch, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes


  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 9, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 23, 2018
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 6, 2018
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Santiago June 18, 2018
    Last day of program July 27, 2017

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.


  • Instructors

    Tiffany Linton Page, Ph.D.
    Program Director

    Dr. Tiffany Linton Page is a Lecturer in International Area Studies and Sociology at Berkeley where she teaches courses on development and globalization, social movements in Latin America, and the politics of food, as well as introductory courses in Sociology and Latin American Studies. She holds a B.A. in Economics, M.A. in Sociology, and Ph.D. in Sociology from Berkeley. Her research focuses on rural development in Latin America.