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Multi-Location - Emerging Economies: Buenos Aires & Santiago Add to favorites
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
Why Emerging Economies?

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.

What You'll Study

The program begins with orientation in Buenos Aires, 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 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, Spanish Language in Context: Novice Survival Spanish, 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.

Daily Life

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.

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Why Emerging Economies?

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.

What You'll Study

The program begins with orientation in Buenos Aires, 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 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, Spanish Language in Context: Novice Survival Spanish, 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.

Daily Life

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.

$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 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 16-19 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 3-credit language course in a range of levels will be available and taught across both Centers.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:

  • EC/PO/IR330 Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of the Opportunities and Challenges in Argentina & Chile (required core course, 4 credits)
  • Two IES Abroad courses in Buenos Aires (3 credits each)
  • Two IES Abroad courses in Santiago (3 credits each)
  • Spanish Language Course taught across both Centers (3 credits) 

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.

Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/HS 362 - Chile, History and Culture: A Comprehensive Understanding of the Chilean Idiosyncrasy Fall, Spring English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 322 - The Transformation of the Chilean and Other Latin American Economies from the Late 20th into the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
IB/EC 336 - Economic Development in Argentina & Latin America Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR/EC 330 - Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of Opportunities & Challenges in Argentina & Chile Fall, Spring English 4
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
ES/IB 332 - Chile: Sustainability and Business Fall, Spring English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/HS 362 - Chile, History and Culture: A Comprehensive Understanding of the Chilean Idiosyncrasy Fall, Spring English 3
HS 321 - Contemporary Argentine History: Politics and Culture in the Construction of a National Identity Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
ES/IB 332 - Chile: Sustainability and Business Fall, Spring English 3
IB 340 - Business Strategies in Latin America Fall, Spring English 3
IB/EC 336 - Economic Development in Argentina & Latin America Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR/EC 330 - Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of Opportunities & Challenges in Argentina & Chile Fall, Spring English 4
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/IR/EC 330 - Emerging Economies: A Global Perspective of Opportunities & Challenges in Argentina & Chile Fall, Spring English 4
Spanish
Course Name Term Language Credits
SP 101 - Spanish Language in Context: Novice Survival Spanish Fall, Spring Spanish 1
SP 221 - Spanish for Professions: Novice Abroad Fall, Spring Spanish 3
SP 321 - Spanish for Professions: Independent Abroad Fall, Spring Spanish 3

Field Trips & Events

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.

Peru
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.

Valparaíso
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.

Colonia del Sacramento
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.

Course-Related Excursions

Peru

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.

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

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.

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 Buenos Aires or Santiago, it will feel like home.

Homestays - You have a furnished room in the home of a señora or family during your time in Buenos Aires and Santiago. In Buenos Aires and Santiago, your homestay hosts provides 2 meals a day.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Site visits to local businesses and industry leaders
  • Museum visits in Santiago
  • Club Chileno cultural activities with local students in Santiago
  • Tour sports facilities in Buenos Aires
  • Visit entertainment industry sites in Buenos Aires

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 $11,960 $4,095 $230 $16,285


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017 $11,725 $4,010 $230 $15,965


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.