Program Details

Immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile with IES Abroad’s Politics, Social Justice & Language Program. Enroll in 15-19 credits, live with a host family, complete an internship, develop your Spanish, & 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:

Fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile through IES Abroad’s Politics, Social Justice & Language Program. Along with our required 4-credit Spanish language course, you customize your study abroad experience by enrolling in 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 of the 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 125+ 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.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 2 Reviews

  • Come to Chile!

    Studying abroad in Santiago, Chile was truly an amazing experience. I feel extremely privileged and humbled to have been able to travel and live in another country for four months. I lived with an incredible host family that gave me cultural lessons every

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • It's Not Easy, but It's Definitely Worth It

    The location of Santiago is unlike anything I've ever seen. It's a cosmopolitan city between mountains with so much to see and do- whether you want to hike or go to a museum, eat Peruvian, Thai, or traditional Chilean food, spend a day in the park or

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend