Santiago, Chile

Summer - Health Studies

Study Abroad

At a Glance




7 per Summer

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:

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

Visa Required:


About the Program

You will participate in a Health Studies Seminar and improve your communication skills through a Spanish course for health care 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. 

The observation aspect of the program has two distinct tracks to choose from: through Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) or EPES, a community health NGO. 

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Clinical Observation

Observe patient care in diverse health care facilities.

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Health Care Seminar

Understand the state of Chile’s community-centered public health.

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Travel in Chile

Join an IES Abroad field trip.

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Cultural Events & Activities

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in Santiago.

Summer 2024

Program Dates:

June 10 - July 27

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?

Santiago is the capital of Chile, a country with one of the strongest and most diverse 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.

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


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