Designed for students interested in business, economics, sociology, and political science, this multi-location interdisciplinary program offers a unique comparative perspective of two of the most notable emerging economies in South America: Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The fall program begins with orientation in Santiago, where the first half of the program is held, followed by a week-long, course-related trip to Peru, and the second half of the program in Buenos Aires. In the spring, the order of this program is reversed to begin in Buenos Aires and end in Santiago.
Learn about the accelerated pace of globalization and economic growth in these markets while experiencing two very different cultures, complete with their own distinct institutions, laws, and business practices and cultures. Both serve as models for both the pitfalls and opportunities surrounding economies in transition within the global marketplace.
The required core course, Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of the Causes, Consequences, and Challenges in Argentina & Chile, runs the entire semester across both locations. The course not only provides the overall framework of the program, but also includes a mock consulting project to help you put to practical use what you are learning in and outside the classroom. You will also choose two of three courses offered in both locations to provide local context to your overall study of emerging economies. Sample courses include Contemporary Argentine History: Politics and Culture in the Construction of National Identity and Economic Transformation in Chile from the late 20th into the 21st Century.
In addition, an optional 1-credit basic Spanish course is available to support your integration into to the host cultures via language learning.
The week-long, course-related trip to Peru—a country with one of the fastest growing economies in the world— will provide yet another perspective of a key Latin American country emerging into the world market. You will also have the unforgettable experience of visiting Machu Picchu. Optional field trips to Valparaíso (a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site) and Viña del Mar in Chile, and South America’s most progressive country, Uruguay, are designed to enrich your learning experience.
Santiago and Buenos Aires will also be your classrooms. Imagine visiting Chilean local business organizations as part of your study of regional and global trade. Or meeting business professionals in Buenos Aires, who can speak to you first-hand about how the city is poised to emerge as one Latin America’s strongest economies following the implementation of new fiscal policies and restructuring of debt.
We want you to feel at home in both Santiago and Buenos Aires, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in these cities. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most engaging and authentic study abroad experience possible.
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you gain a unique comparative perspective of two of the strongest emerging economies in South America.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Arrival in Buenos Aires
Departure from Santiago de Chile
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses that explore economics, South American history, and culture, as well as other topics, through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take 16-18 credits per semester. All IES Abroad courses are taught in English, except for language courses, and are offered both fall and spring semesters unless otherwise noted.
Both Buenos Aires and Santiago will offer three different courses—you will choose two of them. In addition to the four 3-credit courses that you will be required to take, you will also enroll in a 4-credit course, entitled Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of the Opportunities and Challenges in Argentina and Chile, that will allow you to compare and contrast your experiences in Buenos Aires and Santiago. An optional 1-credit basic language course for true beginners is available at each location.
Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
1 Week | Fall & Spring
Travel to Peru, a neighboring country of Chile, to learn about its emerging industries and economic development, with time to explore the cultural and historical richness of the country including a side trip to the famed Machu Picchu. This course-related excursion is included in the program fee.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Buenos Aires or Santiago, it will feel like home.
Homestays - You have a private, furnished room in the home of a señora or family during your time in Buenos Aires and Santiago. In Santiago, your homestay hosts provides 3 meals a day during the week and 4 meals total on the weekend. In Buenos Aires, your homestay host provides 2 meals a day.
Part of making you feel at home in Buenos Aires and Santiago is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.
The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to the structure of the program and what to expect. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, and explore the city.
Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. You will delve into local culture through activities to help you make the most of your new surroundings.
Upon your arrival in the second city, your two-day orientation after arrival will include topics such as academic courses, housing, transportation, and health and safety, as well as a city tour.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Buenos Aires and Santiago through our cultural events, such as:
Even though your adventure starts in Buenos Aires and Santiago, the course-related trip to Peru, Uruguay, and in-country trips are designed to help you discover culture and traditions of your host countries and beyond. The trip to Peru is included in the program fee. In-country field trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.
1 Week | Fall & Spring
Travel to Peru, a neighboring country of Chile, to learn about its emerging industries and economic development, with time to explore the cultural and historical richness of the country including a side trip to the famed Machu Picchu.
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Discover the culture of two of Chile’s most beautiful coastal towns. Valparaíso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site built into picturesque hills and ravines, and is a major distribution center for container traffic, copper, and fruit export. Enjoy the white sand beaches of Viña del Mar, the most visited coastal city in Chile.
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Explore one of Uruguay's iconic and historic city: Colonia del Sacramento. Just a ferry ride away from Buenos Aires, a visit to the historical quarter of town known as Barrio Histórico will take you to through cobbled streets, the old city gate, and a lighthouse with a stunning view across the River Plate.
About the Center
IES Abroad Santiago
Dr. Manuel Barros Borgoño #159
Providencia, Santiago, Chile
The IES Abroad Center is located in Providencia, a vibrant residential neighborhood in central Santiago. Features include:
A native of Santiago, Maricarmen has over 30 years of experience with local development activities with government and non-profit organizations, including Wilder Center for Communities (part of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul, MN), Franklin Covey Chile, the United States Peace Corps in Santiago, FINAM (a Women's World Banking NGO), and the Miguel Kast Foundation. Maricarmen holds a Master's and B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad de Chile, and was also a Fulbright Scholar through the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program with the University of Minnesota.
IES Abroad Staff
Angela SchaafAssistant Director/Academic Coordinator
Anita María MorenoStudent Affairs Coordinator
Paola RiquelmeAdministration and Finance Coordinator
Sonia FierroOffice Keeper
IES Abroad Santiago Faculty
Lucas ArayaSpanish Language
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Marcelle CepedaSpanish Language
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Pilar EspinozaPUC Health Studies Coordinator
Ph.D. Public Health Administration, University of Sao Paulo
Pablo FierroHistory and Human Rights
M.A. Education and History, Universidad de Chile; Postgraduate in Education and International Affairs
Claudia FloresSpanish Language and Language Coordinator
M.A. Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Marisol Madariaga,Service Learning and Internship
B.A. in Social Work
Alejandro Olivares,Political Science and Economics
Ph.D. Social Sciences; Political Science and Economics, Universidad de Chile
Ph.D., Architecture and Urban Studies, Pontifica Universidad Católica de ChileM.A., Anthropology, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano
Alejandra Wolff,Arts and Literature
Ph.D. Literature, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
M.A., and B.A., Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Literature