Santiago, Chile

Politics, Social Justice & Language

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Experiential Learning, Part-Time Internship

At a Glance


Homestay, Residence Hall


15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:

4 semesters of college-level Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course in the last year

Part-Time Internship (Optional):

Included in Program Fee

Visa Required:


About the Program

Our Politics, Social Justice & Language program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish language and political topics. Explore the intricacies of the Chilean sociopolitical landscape: student activism, the arts as a form of resistance, human rights issues, and an impressive literary culture (via world-renowned authors like Pablo Neruda and Isabel Allende). Your studies and extracurricular adventures will without a doubt allow you to embark on a real-life case study of Chile’s thriving society.

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Learn from Esteemed Faculty

IES Abroad courses are taught in Spanish by distinguished professors.

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Gain Hands-On Experience

Add international work experience to your résumé with an internship.

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Santiago Will Be Your Classroom

Our courses take advantage of the city’s many sites.

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Study at a Local University

Choose from course options in a wide variety of disciplines.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

February 24 - July 11

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Lindsay Smith

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

Metropolitan Cathedral in Plaza de Armas, Santiago's main square

Why Santiago?

As the capital of Chile, a country with one of the strongest economies in Latin America, Santiago is the industrial and financial center. Home to more than 6.5 million people, Santiago is an ideal place to observe rapid development and its effects on culture and society. Experience first-hand how historic and modern architecture, fine and folk arts, a dynamic business sector, and fascinating history come together in this electrifying metropolis.

Learn More About Santiago

Get to Know Your New City

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Bite Into a Chilean Empanada

Visit a panadería to try this savory local dish.

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Hike Cerro Pochoco

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

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See the Street Art

Have lunch and stroll through the art-covered barrio of Bellavista.

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Visit Sky Costanera for a 360° View of Santiago

Take an elevator to the top of Sky Costanera for the city's best views.

The Student Experience

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Housing Information

Students sit around a patio table with their host family at a Santiago homestay.
  • Homestay
  • Residence Hall


You'll live with a family or señora who helps facilitate your language learning and integration into Chilean society, and you'll have a room to yourself. Your homestay host provides two meals per day. Internet access and on-site laundry will be available.