- 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 2 Reviews
- 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