The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Chile.

The School in Chile is Running!

We are pleased to announce that we will run our program in Chile during the spring 2022 semester. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.

Last updated: April 20, 2022

Current Situation in Chile

  • CDC Level: 3
  • Department of State Advisory Level: 2
  • Entry Requirements:
    • All travelers must complete a “Traveler’s Affidavit” no more than 48 hours before departure: https://mevacuno.gob.cl/
    • All travelers must present proof of health insurance that includes coverage for Covid-19 (Middlebury will provide this)
    • Random health screenings may be conducted at the port of entry.  A traveler who tests positive will be required to complete a quarantine.  All costs related to the quarantine period will be the responsibility of the student.
  • While not required for entry, a Mobility Pass (Pase de Movilidad) will be required for domestic travel, indoor dining, access to cultural venues and tours, and attendance at public events.  It is recommended that students obtain a Mobility Pass at least 4 weeks prior to their arrival: https://mevacuno.gob.cl/

For up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Embassy website.

Program Changes

  • Health-related courses and internships may be limited to theoretical, administrative, and community outreach work only.  Practicum-based experiences that involve close contact with patients in nursing homes, community health clinics, and other spaces may not be permitted for the safety of both the students and the patients.
  • Internship placements may be in person, hybrid, or remote in nature.
  • Should city-wide quarantine or other local conditions necessitate a suspension of university-based courses, the School in Chile has a contingency plan in place to allow students to continue with their studies, either via independent studies or courses offered by the program.

Program-Specific Protocols

Arrival

  • Travelers to Chile must present two* documents when boarding their flight:
    •  A “Traveler’s Affidavit” no more than 48 hours before departure: https://mevacuno.gob.cl/
    • Proof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for Covid-19 and related health issues (Middlebury will provide a letter to this effect)
      • *Travelers who tested positive for Covid the month prior to their arrival must also present the results from two PCR tests upon arrival in Chile (even if both tests are positive): One taken 18 days prior to their arrival and the second taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their final flight to Chile.  These travelers should also obtain a certificate of recovery from Covid and carry that with them.
  • All students who are not Chilean citizens or permanent residents of Chile should obtain a Mobility Pass (Pase de Movibilidad) at least four weeks prior to arriving in Chile.
  • All students must complete an online form with the Ministry of Health and will be asked to submit a daily health survey during the first 14 days after their arrival in Chile.  The completion of this survey is mandatory.
  • Orientation will take begin virtually on the official arrival date and then will continue in person, barring any additional quarantine requirements or increased restrictions on gathering sizes, the orientation will be carried out online.
  • If necessary, program staff will assist students in making arrangements for a mandatory quarantine period.  All costs associated with the quarantine period will be the responsibility of the student.

Housing

  • Each host family will be interviewed by the housing coordinator to determine the health and safety methods they are currently using. Only those host families that comply with all the preventive standards established by the Chilean Ministry of Health, including receiving full vaccination against Covid-19, will be selected as host families.
  • The family must provide cleaning supplies for the prevention of Covid-19 in the house, such as chlorine and disinfectants.  Students will be responsible for all expenses related to personal hygiene and sanitation products, such as hand sanitizer and masks.
  • Every time the student enters their homestay they must wash their hands and clean their shoes according to the safety rules previously agreed on with their host family.
  • The surfaces in the student’s bedroom must be cleaned daily and adequate ventilation must be maintained to allow proper air exchange. If, for privacy reasons, students prefer to clean their room themselves, the student must be rigorous and take all previously mentioned requirements into account.

Host Universities

  • Students should be prepared to attend classes either entirely in person, or in a hybrid format (i.e., with some class sessions in person and others remote).

In-Country Travel

  • International travel may not be permitted, or may only permitted to certain destinations, during the semester.
  • In-country travel will be permitted during the semester, as long as students remain compliant with governmental protocols and restrictions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Chilean Ministry of Health has established a national plan for testing, contact tracing, and isolation of confirmed, suspected, and probable COVID-19 patients, and their close contacts.

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If the student is in isolation as a preventative measure after close contact with a COVID-19-positive person, they may attend classes remotely.  However, if the student is quarantined due to being infected with COVID-19, their health care will be prioritized and they will only attend classes remotely if they are willing and if their health condition allows. The program will be flexible in this situation, the contents of the missed classes will be provided to the student, and any missed exams will be rescheduled once the student has recovered.

Universities are flexible when students are absent due to illness and can provide medical documentation to support their absence. In these cases, the program will contact the university coordinator to make them aware of the situation and professors will provide the material from the missed classes. Any missed exams will be rescheduled.

Students will be able to finish their semester online from home if Chilean universities are holding classes remotely at that time. In the unlikely event of universities failing to provide online courses, the program will arrange complementary coursework via private tutors so that the students have access to all the necessary content to complete their courses for the semester.

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The Internship Coordinator is currently arranging only internship placements that can be completed both in person and online so that, should any complications arise, the students will be able to complete their internships regardless.

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Students should plan to spend at least USD $100 per day to cover lodging costs and food expenses during the two-week quarantine upon arrival. This price may increase in the event a room with a private bathroom is requested.

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Students will stay in isolation at home under the care of a member of the host family. If no member of the host family is able to care for the student, the student may be transferred to a sanitary health residence. The staff will coordinate the logistics for the transfer of the student. The sanitary health residences do not involve any expense for the student, since they are financed by the government.

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If the student has mild symptoms, such as a cough or sore throat, but no fever, they will isolate at home for 14 days and must:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms suggestive of a respiratory infection
  • Check their temperature every 12 hours as is recommended by local health authorities

Students will have the option of receiving virtual assistance from a doctor in order to receive guidance throughout the process. The program can arrange this with an English-speaking physician.

If the student has symptoms of a respiratory infection, they should visit a doctor. If the student has difficulty breathing, they must go to the ER.

Upon the identification of respiratory symptoms or fever, either the student or a member of the host family will notify a member of the program staff. According to the symptoms described above, a member of the host family and/or a staff member will accompany the student to a health center for evaluation. Depending on the symptoms, the doctor may prescribe a PCR test. The results of this test will be provided by the health service via email to the student.

Results will be available approximately 48-72 hours after the exam is performed, in most cases. 

While waiting for the results, the student should take precautionary measures and remain isolated in their room as much as possible.