Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Santiago is a sophisticated, modern city with a population of more than 6.6 million residents. It is also the capital of Chile, a country with one of the strongest and most diverse economies in South America.

Because Chile has a community-centered public health care system, studying in Santiago allows you to gain public health-related experience and an appreciation for culturally-based health care practices. You participate in a Health Studies Program Seminar while improving your communication skills through the Spanish for Health Care Practitioners course. All courses are conducted in Spanish and designed for students with advanced language skills. In addition, the program provides opportunities for holistic growth, including activities that will enhance your interpersonal and intercultural learning while in Chile.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Santiago
  • City: Santiago
  • Country: Chile
  • Program Credits: 7 credits
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Language Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level Spanish

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

May 23 - July 13

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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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 public health and Spanish language through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. While in Santiago, you enroll in 2 courses for a total of 7 credits. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Our goal is to make sure your academic needs are met.

Health Studies Program (7 credits)

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors such as Pre-Med, Nursing, and Public Health, as well as students in other health-related fields, the IES Abroad Santiago Health Studies Program offers you valuable insight into Santiago’s health care system. You develop medically-related experience while improving your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners. Offered courses include:

  • Spanish for Health Care Practitioners (4 credits): This intensive Spanish course reviews fundamental aspects of culture and grammar, and introduces you to vocabulary related to health care in Chile. The course will allow you to improve your Spanish in a Chilean healthcare context, further preparing you for a successful experience in this program.
  • Health Studies Seminar (3 credits): This course includes a seminar and an observation component. The seminar examines the global perspectives of Chilean health and health care systems and provides the framework for your clinical experience. Experience and study the diverse responsibilities held by a variety of healthcare professionals. You have two options for the practicum:
  • Clinical Observation - Visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different healthcare professionals.
  • Community Health – Work with a non-profit organization that works in underprivileged neighborhoods to promote health education and improve living conditions. You will be matched according to your skills and experience.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Health Studies

HL 395 - Health Studies Program Seminar (Fall, Spring, Summer)


  • SP 321 - Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners 1 (Summer)
  • SP 322 - Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners 2 (Summer)

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Santiago organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Chilean healthcare, culture, and society. Past course-related excursions are listed below:

  • Maria Pinto: A town located 45 minutes away from Santiago where you will learn about rural life and health in Chile.


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 Santiago, it will feel like home.

Homestays - You live in a homestay in Santiago with a family or señora, who helps facilitate your language learning and integration into the Chilean community. Your homestay hosts provide two meals per day.

Student Life


The program begins with a mandatory two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Santiago staff, your fellow students, and the city of Santiago. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the summer with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • The IES Abroad Club Chileno activities with local students

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your homeschool
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Enrolled in a Spanish course within the year prior to the program start date

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Chile. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,340
  • Housing: $1,515
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,990

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.

Program taught in:
  • Spanish
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