Santiago Summer - Health Studies


Program Description

Why Santiago?

Santiago is 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.

What You'll Study

You will participate in a Health Studies Seminar and improve your communication skills through a Spanish course for health practitioners. 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.

The observation aspect of the program has three distinct track locations to choose from: through PUC (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), through Dr. Sotero del Rio Hospital, and Community Health.



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.

The courses offered 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 health care 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 health care professionals. You have three options for the practicum:
    • Clinical Observation - Visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different health care professionals.
    • Clinical Public Health – Visit and observe up close the different specialties in Chile's largest public hospital, Dr. Sotero del Río. You will be able to choose among the variety of hospital departments and environments to focus your experience even more.
    • 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 Program Seminar
  • Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners 1
  • Spanish for Healthcare Practitioners 2

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Santiago, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations.

Valparaiso & Viña del Mar

1 Day | Summer

Discover the culture of two of Chile’s most beautiful coastal towns: one is a UNESCO heritage site and the other is home to one of Chile's Nobel Prize poets: Pablo Neruda.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad Santiago organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Chilean health care, 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.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Santiago is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.


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.


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.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Santiago through our cultural events and activities.

The IES Abroad Club Chileno consists of Chilean university students that are interested in getting to know their American academic peers and in helping students have rich experience. The Club Chileno serves as a bridge between our IES Abroad students and the Chilean community.


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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $5,340 $1,515 $135 $6,990

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid

Up to $1,000.

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of the home campus

Our Center

The IES Abroad Center is located in Providencia, a vibrant residential neighborhood in central Santiago. Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge
  • Small library
  • Kitchen and dining area
  • WiFi and remote printer access
  • Charming courtyard
Last updated Dec 2019

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