Contemporary Performance & International Festival Production: Experiencing Santiago A Mil

Program Overview

Join your peers to experience the inner workings of one of the premiere international performing arts festivals in the world. Since 1994, the Santiago A Mil Festival has attracted over 11 million spectators to witness boundary-pushing, contemporary works that prioritize social/political relevance and artistic excellence. Students will have the ability to interact with representatives of the festival to learn about how this large-scale event comes together, meet and hear from performers and directors about their process, and experience the vibrant South American capital city of Santiago, Chile during their summer season.

Program Eligibility & Admission

  • Recommended for Performing Arts & Business of Creative Enterprises students.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Academic Highlights

  • Be on the scene at one of the world’s largest performing arts festivals to hear complimentary perspectives on being a festival performer and festival organizer.
  • Receive access to a select number of performances at the Santiago A Mil to experience some of the most innovative and exciting work on the world stage.

Cultural Highlights

  • Live with a local Chilean family in a homestay and get first-hand experience with Spanish.

  • Celebrate the New Year from the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Venture on foot to some of Santiago’s best cultural and historical sites and museums.
  • Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Plaza de Armas and eat Pacific-caught seafood to your hearts’ content at the Mercado Central.

Course Information

Students may elect to earn ONE of the following course options:

  • TH 315 (4 credits)
  • BC 320 (4 credits)

COURSELOAD NOTE: Students undertaking winter intersession programs will have the course count toward their overall spring term courseload. Thus, any students participating on the program should adjust their spring courseload to 12 credits as opposed to 16 credits.

FINANCIAL AID NOTE: Students undertaking winter intersession programs will be able to utilize financial aid toward the tuition portion of their program fees ONLY. Aid will not be applicable toward non-tuition charges.


Winter 2019/2020 - December 29, 2019–January 11, 2020

  • Saturday, December 28: Depart from the U.S.

  • Sunday, December 29: Arrive in Santiago

  • Monday, December 30: Orientation

  • Tuesday, December 31: Transfer to Valparaiso; New Year's Eve Activities

  • Wednesday, January 1: New Years Celebration in Valparaiso; Transfer back to Santiago

  • Thursday, January 2–Friday, January 3: Class sessions in Santiago

  • Saturday, January 4–Sunday, January 5: Santiago A Mil; Cultural Activities in Santiago

  • Monday, January 6–Friday, January 10: Class sessions; Santiago A Mil Performances

  • Saturday, January 11: Departures to Boston

Cost & Inclusions

Program Fee: $2,655*

Included in the Program Fee

  • Housing with local host family
  • Meals with host family and 2-3 additional meals
  • Airport arrival pick-up
  • Festival fees
  • Ground transportation to included program activities
  • Local transportation pass
  • International health insurance

Not Included in the Program Fee

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Tuition for 4 credits
  • Incidental expenses
  • Passports (or visas)
  • International Health Insurance**

*Program fee subject to change

**May be waived by those with alternate comparable insurance.

**Health Insurance Coverage: Participants must have an insurance plan that provides coverage while abroad. If you feel your current insurance is not adequate, please research a plan that is.

For information on Supplemental Health Plans, please visit our Health Insurance Requirements page.