Our Politics, Social Justice & Language Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish language and political topics. Explore the intricacies of the Chilean sociopolitical landscape: student activism, the arts as a form of resistance, human rights issues, and an impressive literary culture (via world-renowned authors like Pablo Neruda and Isabel Allende). Your studies and extracurricular adventures will without a doubt allow you to embark on a real-life case study of Chile's thriving society.

Courses are taught in Spanish by distinguished professors, most with primary appointments at one of IES Abroad’s partner universities. You can also enroll in an internship or service learning placement during your time in Santiago, which will help you add international work experience to your résumé or help you understand the city’s social issues "first-hand Santiag" will be your classroom.

Imagine practicing your Spanish as you tour local neighborhoods or visit local business organizations as part of your study of Chile’s regional and global trade. Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses also include a hands-on, practical component. You can enroll in courses at local universities, including the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de

Chile, where you’ll experience the Chilean educational system first-hand and enjoy access to local student activities. Maybe you’ll even make some Chilean friends while you’re at it. We want you to feel at home in Santiago, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing and cultural events to our Club Chileno Program, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Santiago
  • City: Santiago
  • Country: Chile
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • 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.

Fall 2018

  • July 23 - November 9 (IES Abroad Courses) July 23 - November 30 (Partner University Courses)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 15, 2018
  • Fall 2019 - November 15, 2018


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 the Spanish language, Chilean history, and culture through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You take 15–19 credits per semester and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses at IES Abroad Santiago and partner universities are taught in Spanish. In conjunction with our academic advisor, you craft your own academic experience. You may select from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad Spanish language course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad Spanish-taught area studies courses (3 credits each)
  • Partner University Spanish-taught courses (3–5 credits each)
  • Internship or service learning placement (4 credits)


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

Art History

LT/LS/AH 231 - Social and Political Role of the Arts in Chile and Latin America (Spring)


AN 322 - Native Cultures (Fall)


  • EC 322 - The Transformation Of The Chilean And Other Latin American Economies From The Late 20Th Into The 21St Century (Spring)
  • PO/IR/EC 342 - Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations (Fall)

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

  • HS/PO 340 - Human Rights in Latin America (Fall)
  • PO/HS 372 - The Radical Tradition of Chile, Argentina, and Peru (Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • SL/IN 395 - Internship and Service Learning Seminar (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

  • PO/IR/EC 342 - Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations (Fall)

Latin American Studies

  • LT/LS/AH 231 - Social and Political Role of the Arts in Chile and Latin America (Spring)


  • LT/LS/AH 231 - Social and Political Role of the Arts in Chile and Latin America (Spring)

Political Science

  • HS/PO 340 - Human Rights in Latin America (Fall)
  • PO/HS 372 - The Radical Tradition of Chile, Argentina, and Peru (Spring)
  • PO/IR/EC 342 - Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations (Fall)

Service-Learning SL/IN 395 - Internship and Service Learning Seminar (Fall, Spring) Spanish

  • SP 303 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 321 - Spanish For Healthcare Practitioners 1 (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 353 - Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • SP 403 - Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institution(s) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile was founded in 1888 and was designated as a “pontifical university” by Pope Pius VII in 1930, and is Chile's largest private university. Today, the university is a well-respected research institution, gaining prominence for recent innovations in the fields of chemistry, engineering, and vaccination medicine.


Visit and select your academic area of interest. PUC usually requires a personal interview before approving course enrollment. University course offerings vary by semester and not all courses are available to international students. Below are disciplines available to IES Abroad students.

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business (AACSB and EQUIS accredited)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Drama (audition required)
  • Economics (AACSB and EQUIS accredited)
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Music (audition required)
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Theology
  • Translation

Universidad de Chile

Founded in 1622 by Spanish colonists as “Saint Thomas of Aquinas University,” the Universidad de Chile is now one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. In addition to its 18 faculties and departments, the university is also home to Chile’s 150-year-old National Astronomical Observatory, the National Theatre of Chile, the National Ballet of Chile, and an international center for Antarctic studies. The Universidad de Chile is a prestigious university known for its outstanding research initiatives and undergraduate curriculum.


Courses are available in the disciplines below. Visit for course details.

  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Dance (audition required)
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Fine Arts Interpretation (audition required)
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Studies
  • Hispanic Literature
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music (audition required)
  • Music Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theater
  • Theater Design

Service Learning

Participating in a service learning experience in Santiago is one of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s culture and society. Working alongside local people towards a common goal, you experience first-hand some of the social issues that affect Santiago, while contributing your skills towards a community-driven solution. A service learning experience consists of time spent with a local organization, accompanied by a weekly academic, for-credit service learning seminar. Through the seminar, you have structured time for reflection and discussion, and even research, on the issues of your host community. Possible placements may include organizations focusing on:

  • Community Health
  • Social issues unique to Santiago


Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.

  • Add international experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Customize Your Internship

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to determine your academic and career goals and try to match you with an appropriate internship placement. We place students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses; if we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search out a placement.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government/Politics
  • Humanities
  • Museum Sciences
  • Public Health


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.

Residence Hall – Well-located in central Santiago, the student residence hall offers a study room, printing lab, gym, pool, and more. You have the option to live in a single room with your own bathroom, or in a double room where you share a bedroom and bathroom with another student. In both options, you also have shared access to a living room and kitchenette. Limited placements are available.

Student Life


The program begins with a mandatory one-week orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Santiago staff, your fellow students, and the city of Santiago. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, expectations, cultural trips, and health and safety are covered during the week. After visiting partner universities and meeting with the IES Abroad Santiago Academic Coordinator, you also register for courses during orientation. Both Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile have a half-day orientation for international students. Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing you 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:

  • Neighborhood tours of Santiago
  • Visits to local museums and cultural institutions
  • The IES Abroad Club Chileno activities with local students

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your homeschool
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale(GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins- some local university courses may not be available to sophomores
  • 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. A student visa is required to enter Chile. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $12,470
  • Housing: $2,995
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $15,695

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $22,435
  • Housing: $5,990
  • Insurance: $550
  • Total: $28,975

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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