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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year
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  • Program Sponsor: IES 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2021-2022 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 3000 level Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment at foreign institution, Internship, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Liz Wellbeloved Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Art - Art History, Art - Studio Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Geography, Geology, History, Internship, Latin American Studies, Mathematics & Statistics, Media Studies, Music, Other Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Medical, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theater
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Santiago - Study in Santiago

Program Overview


As the capital of Chile, a country with one of the strongest economies in Latin America, Santiago is the industrial and financial center of Chile and home to more than six million people, making it an ideal place to observe rapid development and its effects on culture and society. Experience first-hand how historic and modern architecture, fine and folk arts, a dynamic business sector, and fascinating history come together in this electrifying metropolis.

The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish language and Latin America. Courses are taught in Spanish by distinguished professors from IES Abroad partner universities.

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NOTE: Program dates listed in Studio Abroad are approximate. Please refer to IES Abroad predeparture materials for planning travel.

Why Santiago?

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.

Student Life

Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, 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. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

About IES Abroad

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,500 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140 study abroad programs in more than 34 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.

Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

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IES Santiago

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Founded in 2002, the IES Santiago program offers a rigorous semester and academic-year undergraduate curriculum in Spanish. It operates in cooperation with the Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where you can enroll in courses to supplement the IES curriculum and join in local student activities.

The IES Santiago curriculum concentrates on the twin themes of tradition and development in Chile and Latin America. Several courses focus on Chile, and other courses address the Southern Cone and the Andean region in a comparative context. The core curriculum consists of Art History, Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.

Courses are taught in Spanish by professors from IES' partner universities. Field experiences to enhance your cultural integration and intercultural competence are a significant part of the curriculum, with field study incorporated into coursework and opportunities for internships and service learning.

IES Spanish language courses emphasize improving your verbal and written skills. Most students enroll each semester in a 4-credit Spanish language course and in four IES and/or university area studies courses for a total of 15 to 19 semester credits. IES classes are seminars, providing ample opportunity to develop Spanish language skills.

You should note that the Chilean academic calendar runs from early March to mid-December, Semester I from early March to mid-July, and Semester II from mid-August to mid-December. Calendar year students may enroll in the Semester I-Semester II sequence (U.S. Spring-Fall), academic year students in the Semester II-Semester I sequence (U.S. Fall-Spring).

Santiago City

Santiago, the capital of the Republic of Chile, is a dynamic metropolis of 5 million people. Founded in 1541, the city combines the ambiance of a major urban center with a Latin American flair. It has a lively cultural scene with clubs and restaurants from around the world. As the capital of the country with the fastest growing economy in Latin America, Santiago is an ideal place to observe rapid development and the effects of change on culture and society.

To the east of the city, the Andes rise to heights of more than 16,000 feet. The Pacific Ocean lies less than two hours' travel west. It is possible to visit both the beach and the ski slopes on the same day. Another day, discuss Pablo Neruda's poetry with fellow students while sitting in the patio of his home-turned-museum.