Program Details

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors, this program offers valuable insight into Santiago’s health care system. Enroll in 15-19 credits, live with a host family, complete an internship, and explore all that Chile has to offer.
Santiago, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

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.