IES-Santiago, Chile: Health Studies

Program Details

Program Location Santiago, Chile
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33024
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/09/24 to 07/27/24
Past Dates
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IES-Santiago, Chile: Health Studies

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.

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors such as Pre-Med, Nursing, Public Health, and other health-related fields this program offers unique courses that explore public health and Spanish language through an in-depth and hands-on approach. World-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. 

The program combines seminar with observation components, allowing a unique opportunity to see Chile's healthcare system up close. 

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Santiago, Chile: Health Studies

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HSCI (HHS) and SLC (CLA)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

On this program you will earn 6-7 credits.

You'll 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.

The Health Studies Program Seminar includes an observation component.  The seminar examines the global perspectives of Chilean health and health care systems and provides the framework for your clinical experience. For the clinical observation component, you will observe clinical practices in public and private healthcare settings, or?rural healthcare settings. Experience and study the diverse responsibilities held by a variety of health care professionals. You have two options for the practicum:  Clinical Observation (visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different health care professionals) or 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).


IES will take students on several field-trips and course-related excursions such as a day trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. See their website for examples of past excursions for this program.


You will 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.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program fee includes tuition and on-site orientation. Housing includes homestay with 14 meals per week. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $5,843.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,655.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,900.00
Local Transportation $260.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $700.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

IES-Santiago, Chile: Health Studies

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email