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  • Santiago, Chile
Why Santiago?

With a population of more than 5 million people, Santiago is both the capital of Chile and its largest city. Its residents have a community-centered public health system, one that you’ll be able to observe and experience first-hand when you study health studies in Santiago, starting Fall 2017.

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors such as Pre-Med, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as students in other health-related fields, this study abroad program offers valuable insight into Santiago’s health care system. You will develop health care-related experience while improving your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners.

What You'll Study

Courses offered include:

  • Spanish for Health Care Practitioners – This course is designed to help you develop Spanish language skills for a career in health. It stresses the acquisition of medical vocabulary, as well as health-related and intercultural communication skills.
  • Health Studies Seminar – This unique course includes a seminar that provides a background and context for health care in Chile, as well as an observership that includes 80 hours of relevant experience. You have two options for the practicum:
    • Clinical Observation - Visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different health care professionals.
    • Community Health – Work with a non-profit organization that works in underprivileged neighborhoods to promote health education and improve living conditions. You will be matched according to your skills and experience.
Daily Life

When you study abroad in Santiago, the city will be your classroom. Don’t just observe the Chilean people—live like one when you explore the vibrant craft markets; enjoy Chilean cuisine like asado Chileno, paila marina, and almejas a la Parmesana; and visit local photography, sculpture, and paintings at Galería AFA and other nearby museos. All while practicing your Spanish language skills, of course.

We want you to feel at home in Santiago, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing and cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Why Santiago?

With a population of more than 5 million people, Santiago is both the capital of Chile and its largest city. Its residents have a community-centered public health system, one that you’ll be able to observe and experience first-hand when you study health studies in Santiago, starting Fall 2017.

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors such as Pre-Med, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as students in other health-related fields, this study abroad program offers valuable insight into Santiago’s health care system. You will develop health care-related experience while improving your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners.

What You'll Study

Courses offered include:

  • Spanish for Health Care Practitioners – This course is designed to help you develop Spanish language skills for a career in health. It stresses the acquisition of medical vocabulary, as well as health-related and intercultural communication skills.
  • Health Studies Seminar – This unique course includes a seminar that provides a background and context for health care in Chile, as well as an observership that includes 80 hours of relevant experience. You have two options for the practicum:
    • Clinical Observation - Visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different health care professionals.
    • Community Health – Work with a non-profit organization that works in underprivileged neighborhoods to promote health education and improve living conditions. You will be matched according to your skills and experience.
Daily Life

When you study abroad in Santiago, the city will be your classroom. Don’t just observe the Chilean people—live like one when you explore the vibrant craft markets; enjoy Chilean cuisine like asado Chileno, paila marina, and almejas a la Parmesana; and visit local photography, sculpture, and paintings at Galería AFA and other nearby museos. All while practicing your Spanish language skills, of course.

We want you to feel at home in Santiago, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing and cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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 Spanish language, Chilean history, and culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 15–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses at IES Abroad Santiago and partner universities are taught in Spanish. In conjunction with our academic advisor, you craft your own academic experience. You may select from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (3 credits each)
  • Partner University Spanish-taught courses (3–5 credits each)
  • Internship or service learning placement (4 credits)
  • Health Studies Program
    • Spanish for Health Care Practitioners (4 credits)
    • Health Studies Program Seminar (4 credits)

Health Studies Program

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors such as Pre-Med, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as students in other health-related fields, the IES Abroad Santiago Health Studies Program offers you valuable insight into Santiago’s health care system. You develop medically-related experience while improving your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Courses offered include:

  • Spanish for Health Care Practitioners – This course is designed to help you develop Spanish language skills for a career in health. It stresses the acquisition of medical vocabulary, as well as health-related and intercultural communication skills.
  • Health Studies Seminar – This unique course includes a seminar that provides a background and context for health care in Chile, as well as an observership that includes 80 hours of relevant experience. You have two options for the practicum:
    • Clinical Observation - Visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different health care professionals.
    • Community Health – Work with a non-profit organization that works in underprivileged neighborhoods to promote health education and improve living conditions. You will be matched according to your skills and experience.

Courses

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.

Anthropology
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN 322 - Native Cultures Fall Spanish 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR/EC 342 - Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations Fall Spanish 3
Health Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
HL 395 - Health Studies Program Seminar Fall, Spring, Summer Spanish 4
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/PO 340 - Human Rights in Latin America Fall Spanish 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL/IN 395 - Internship and Service Learning Seminar Fall, Spring Spanish 4
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR/EC 342 - Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations Fall Spanish 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/PO 340 - Human Rights in Latin America Fall Spanish 3
PO/IR/EC 342 - Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations Fall Spanish 3
Service Learning
Course Name Term Language Credits
SL/IN 395 - Internship and Service Learning Seminar Fall, Spring Spanish 4
Spanish
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 303 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad Fall, Spring Spanish 4
SP 320 - Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners Fall, Spring Spanish 4
SP 353 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad Fall, Spring Spanish 4
SP 403 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad Fall, Spring Spanish 4

Partner Institution(s)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

www.puc.cl

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile was founded in 1888 and was designated as a “pontifical university” by Pope Pius VII in 1930, and is Chile's largest private university. Today, the university is a well respected research institution, gaining prominence for recent innovations in the fields of chemistry, engineering, and vaccination medicine.

Courses

Visit catalogo.uc.cl/ and select your academic area of interest. PUC usually requires a personal interview before approving course enrollment. University course offerings vary by semester and not all courses are available to international students. Below are disciplines available to IES Abroad students.

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business (AACSB and EQUIS accredited)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Drama (audition required)
  • Economics (AACSB and EQUIS accredited)
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music (audition required)
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Theology
  • Translation

Location & Commute Time

The campuses of PUC are located in different parts of the city, all very close to public transportation. The commute time from the IES Abroad Santiago Center to PUC is about 30 minutes by public transportation.

Universidad de Chile

www.uchile.cl

Founded in 1622 by Spanish colonists as “Saint Thomas of Aquinas University,” the Universidad de Chile is now one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. In addition to its 18 faculties and departments, the university is also home to Chile’s 150-year-old National Astronomical Observatory, the National Theatre of Chile, the National Ballet of Chile, and an international center for Antarctic studies. The Universidad de Chile is a prestigious university known for its outstanding research initiatives and undergraduate curriculum.

Courses

Courses are available in the disciplines below. Visit http://www.uchile.cl/pregrado for course details.

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dance (audition required)
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Fine Arts Interpretation (audition required)
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Studies
  • Hispanic Literature
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music (audition required)
  • Music Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Theater Design

Location & Commute Time

The Universidad de Chile has six campuses and faculties around the city. The commute time from the Universidad de Chile to the IES Abroad Santiago Center is approximately 30 minutes by public transportation.

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in Santiago is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Santiago, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution.

A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community.

Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Community Health
  • Social issues unique to Santiago

Field Trips & Events

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. The orientation trip and the Chiloé field trip are subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

La Serena
3 Days | Fall
Experience Chile’s diverse coastal geography, see penguins, and observe other native animals at a national nature preserve. Astronomy enthusiasts will especially enjoy a visit to Mamalluca and Tololo: one of the world’s most known research and observation centers in astronomy.

San Pedro De Atacama
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Enjoy activities like biking and sand boarding in the driest desert in the world. You will also visit one of the world’s largest astronomy projects: ALMA.

Torres Del Paine
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Hike on ancient glaciers and winding mountain paths in one of Chile’s most spectacular national parks.

Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
1 Day | Fall & Spring
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.

Chiloé
3 Days | Spring
Visit Chile’s largest island to learn and experience more about the importance of sustainable, agricultural, and touristic areas.

Villarica & Pucón
3 Days | Spring
Discover the lakes, volcanoes, and hot springs of this beautiful region and meet with the Mapuche, the native people that make their home there. Through your interactions, you will learn about the Mapuche culture, challenges of integrating into the Chilean mainstream, and concepts of health and healing.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Daily Life

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, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Santiago staff, your fellow students, and the city of Santiago. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, expectations, cultural trips, and health and safety are covered during the week.

After visiting partner universities and meeting with the IES Abroad Santiago Academic Coordinator, you also register for courses during orientation. Both Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile have a half-day orientation for international students.

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 you for the return home.

Get to Know Your New City

Climb Cerro Santa Lucia

Take in sweeping views of Santiago at this hill located in the heart of the city.

Bite Into a Chilean Empanada

Visit a panadería to try this savory local dish.

Hike Cerro Pochoco

Get a taste of the Andes Mountains right in Santiago’s backyard.

See the Street Art

Have lunch and stroll through the barrio of Bellavista. Check out the street art as you take in the sight and sounds of Santiago.

Visit Sky Costanera for a 360° View of Santiago

Take an elevator to the top of Sky Costanera and see the city through different eyes—from 300 meters up!

Housing

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 two meals per day.

Residence Hall – Well-located in central Santiago, the student residence hall offers a study room, printing lab, gym, pool, and more. You have the option to live in a single room with your own bathroom, or in a double room where you share a bedroom and bathroom with another student. In both options, you also have shared access to a living room and kitchenette. Limited placements are available.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Santiago through our cultural events and activities, such as:

  • Neighborhood tours of Santiago
  • Visits to local museums and cultural institutions
  • The IES Abroad Club Chileno activities with local students

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $12,160 $2,995 $230 $15,385


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$11,860
$21,335
$2,995
$5,990
$230
$550
$15,085
$27,875

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.