Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Santiago is a sophisticated, modern city with a population of more than 6.6 million residents. It is also the capital of Chile, the country with one of the strongest economies in South America.
Because Chile has a community-centered public health care system, studying in Santiago allows you to gain public health-related experience and an appreciation for culturally-based health care practices. You participate in clinical observation experiences, while improving your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners.
All courses are conducted in Spanish and designed for students with advanced language skills. In addition, the program provides opportunities for holistic growth, including activities that will enhance your interpersonal and intercultural learning while in Chile.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible, which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
All courses are conducted in Spanish and designed for students with advanced language skills. You enroll in the two required courses, for a total of 7 credits.
IES Abroad Santiago organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Chilean culture and society.
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 Santiago, it will feel like home.
Homestays - You live in a homestay in Santiago with a family or señora, who helps facilitate your language learning and integration into the Chilean community. Your homestay hosts provide three meals per day during the week and two meals per day on the weekends.
Part of making you feel at home in 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, orfield trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a mandatory two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Santiago staff, your fellow students, and the city of Santiago. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the summer with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
IES Abroad sponsors cultural events in and around the city. Some of these activities include:
A town located 45 min from Santiago where you will learn about rural life and health in Chile.
An opportunity to get to know Chilean students and participate in the different activities they organize. Activities include chilean cooking classes, dancing, trekking, among many more.
Even though your adventure starts in Santiago, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations.
Valparaiso & Viña del Mar
Discover the culture of two of Chile’s most beautiful coastal towns: one is a UNESCO heritage site and the other is home to one of Chile's Nobel Prize poets: Pablo Neruda.
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:
María del Carmen Cortés ArceIES Abroad Director
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), Franklin Covey Chile, the United States Peace Corps in Santiago, FINAM (a Women's World Banking NGO), and the Fundacion Miguel Kast. 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
Lucas ArayaSpanish Language
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Marcelle CepedaSpanish Language
M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad de Chile
Lilian FerrerPUC Health Studies Coordinator
Ph.D. Public Health, University of Illinois-Chicago
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, Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile
M.A., and B.A., Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Literature