- Santiago, Chile
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
With a population of more than five 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 abroad in Santiago.
Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors, this program offers valuable insight into Santiago's health care system. While in Santiago, you'll enroll in one 4-credit required Health Studies course and one 4-credit required Spanish Language course. You then customize your academic experience by enrolling in additional 3-credit to 5-credit area studies courses at the IES Abroad Santiago Center or at one of our partner universities -- Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile -- for a total of 15-19 credits. All courses in this program are taught in Spanish. While in Santiago, you also have the option of completing a 4-credit internship or service learning placement at a local organization suited to your interests and career goals.
While in Santiago, you’ll live with a host family, or señora, who helps facilitate your language learning and integration into Chilean society. Your homestay also provides two meals per day. On the weekends, participate in IES Abroad-organized field trips that take you outside of Santiago to discover the culture and traditions of Chile. Visit the Atacama Desert, hike the ancient glaciers of Patagonia, and meet the native, Mapuche people. All of this – and more – awaits you in Santiago.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- When you step off the plane in Santiago, you’ll be mesmerized by the towering Andes Mountains—and at how the city of Santiago sits neatly below them, contentedly bringing together Chile’s colonial past and its new role as the country’s commercial center. During your stay, see a fútbol game, taste asado Chileno, experience the innovative music scene, and take in the many sides of Chilean culture.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- We offer more than $3 million in financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Based on 5 Reviews
- Chile Awaits You!02/10/20
I enjoyed my time abroad, as it has definitely impacted me positively. The courses were comprehensive and the program was true to what they advertised. The I learned a lot of medical Spanish which I know will be valuable in the future, had the opportunity
to participate in clinical observations and work with a community-based organization. Overall, this program helped me to reach my goals for my study abroad experience and boosted my confidence with speaking Spanish. The program center staff were all very accommodating and truly made themselves available to ensure that we each had a great experience. Their inclusion of field trips and cultural experiences enhanced my understanding of Chilean culture and increased my appreciation for the diverse terrain that Chile has to offer. Study abroad definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone and I would encourage anyone seeking to do just that to participate in this program, especially if you are considering a career in the healthcare field.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life Changing02/10/20
Going abroad in Chile to study health was a life-changing experience that I wish I could relive again. While there, I was able to learn about the health care system of Chile while learning many medical terms and health-related topics in Spanish. On top
of that, I gained hours of shadowing in a public hospital of Santiago where I saw many fascinating medical cases and surgeries, something most people don't get the chance to do here in the US. I was able to complete a service-learning project and teaching kids about the importance of healthy living and eating. Group trips our program organized and personal trips around Chile were amazing and I experienced things I had never done before such as canyoning, rafting, and holding a newborn lamb! They allowed me to see more than just the center of Chile but everything around it and its culture. The landscape and 360 views around us were incredible and breathtaking. The people I met from my program and throughout the community were great people who I created great bonds and friendships with. Overall, this program has so much to offer me and I am glad I was allowed to experience it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The most memorable experience of my life!02/05/20
This program was more incredible than I could have imagined. I loved the life and energy in the city of Santiago, and lived a 5 minute walk from the IES center. My classes and professors were fantastic and taught me so much about culture, medicine, and
helped me to improve my Spanish greatly. I loved being able to shadow medical professionals in the public hospital- I even befriended some surgeons and got to play tennis with them on the weekends! The program allowed a lot of weekend time so my friends and I took advantage of every opportunity to travel and explore all of the amazing nature and experiences Chile has to offer like surfing in Pichilemu, skiing in the Andes, sand boarding in the Atacama Desert, summiting a volcano in Pucón, and hiking through Patagonia after my program finished. I made some incredible friends, both from in my program and from the class I took at the local university with Chilean students. My abroad experience was the greatest experience of my life and I learned so much about culture, medicine, Spanish, travel, and about myself while in Chile with IES Abroad.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best Summer Ever!09/23/19
I learned so much on this program! I now know more about the Chilean health system than I do about the United States system. I got 60 hours of hospital observation, including seeing many surgeries and the birth of a baby! I also made friendships that
I know will last for the rest of my life. The IES Abroad center staff was so kind and genuinely cared that we had a great time, and I loved my host family. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to improve their Spanish, learn about medicine, and have a summer full of adventure!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Discovering yourself in Chile08/18/19
Studying abroad in Santiago, Chile was one of the best choices I have made in my life. I am a neuroscience major, but have always had a desire to become fluent in Spanish. For that reason, I decided to study in the Health Studies Program, to learn more
about the health system in Chile, but also to fully immerse myself into a Spanish-speaking culture. This program allows students to take a seminar where they can choose between shadowing in hospitals and clinics, or intern at a Public Health organization in an underserved community. I decided to intern at the Public Health organization, and through that experience, was very inspired by the theory of Popular Education, and experienced first-hand the power and importance of community health. This experience for sure inspired me so much, and made me think a lot more about the type of career I would like in the future. In addition to the educational aspect of the program, Chile was a great country to study in with the goal to learn Spanish. Even living in the capital city of Santiago, it was rare that you would enter a restaurant or mall and find someone who could, and would, speak english to you. I also loved the nature that Chile has to offer, and simply by traveling outside of Santiago to these natural environments were very inspiring as they are beautiful settings to both challenge yourself and reflect on life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend