Chile is known as a leader in Latin America in the realm of agriculture and farming.

Given its particularities in terms of weather and geographic conditions, this country has transformed itself into an important center of vegetable and fruit production, exporting to a variety of destinations around the world. This position, combined with current economic and environmental issues worldwide, has led Chile to experience tremendous challenges. As a result, there have been changes in a number of areas, including in the development of public policy and within the rural communities that typically work in the agricultural sector.

The Food Studies track offers students the opportunity to approach these issues through a broad academic curriculum at our participating host universities—known for their prestige in the areas of food and agricultural studies—and through internships, which provide a practical component to the student’s experience.

This track is a specialized option for Food Studies. Students not interested in enrolling in a track may opt to participate in our standard, direct-enrollment program.


Food Studies Abroad students in Santiago can take courses in the Agronomy department and other academic centers at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Sample Courses in the Department of Agronomy (Carrera de Agronomía) at PUC

  • Producción Animal
  • Producción de Cultivos
  • Fruticultura
  • Principios de Conservación de Alimentos
  • Agroecología
  • Planificación Vegetal Urbana
  • Producción de Cultivos Herbáceos
  • Producción Frutal
  • Producción Vegetal
  • Viticultura


Food Studies Abroad students in Valdivia can take courses at the Universidad Austral de Chile.

Sample Courses in the Agronomy Department at UACH

  • Practices of Agronomy: The Food Chain
  • Botanical Agronomy
  • Farming Ecology
  • Processed Food Systems
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Vegetable Pathology
  • Fertility and Fertilizers
  • Natural Resources


Food Studies Abroad students in Valparaíso can take courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.