Founded in 1541, Santiago has been the capital of Chile since colonial times and is today considered the country's cultural, political and financial center. The city is home to regional headquarters of many multinational corporations, and the Chilean executive and judicial powers are based in Santiago, while Congress meets in nearby Valparaíso.
Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks such as Parque Forestal. The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Mountains of the Andes chain can be seen from most points in the city. The city outskirts are surrounded by vineyards, and Santiago is within a few hours of both the mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Steady economic growth over the past few decades has transformed Santiago into a modern metropolis. The city is home to growing theater and restaurant scenes, extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and a rising skyline, including the tallest building in Latin America, the Gran Torre Santiago. Santiago has several major universities and 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.
Housing and Meals
During the program you will live in a hostel in central Santiago. You will be provided with breakfast daily at the hostel.
|Accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.