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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 7 million people, making it an ideal place to observe rapid development and its... read more

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I felt as though I learned the beginnings of how to come to know a new culture and to find my fit within it. I learned to live out of my comfort zone and how to adjust in not only language but social cues and jokes even. I cam to appreciate different foods, music, and greetings. - Texas Christian University View Entire Review
On my program, I navigated a big city after living in rural college towns my whole life. I formed loving and warm bonds with people I never would’ve met otherwise. I explored and grew and learned and laughed and cried and ate too many empanadas, and IES Santiago gave me the space for that. It was absolutely amazing. - Carleton College View Entire Review
Past Review Go To Chile
In addition the language and culture, I learned a lot about myself and that alone was worthwhile. - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
I definitely improved my language skills and also learned so much about the history of Chile. I enjoyed learning about the Chilean dictatorship from many different perspectives such as the health perspective through my internship and through a course on Human Rights that IES offered. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
During semester abroad I gained confidence to communicate, adapt and find my way in another country. I gained curiosity to discover and appreciate another culture’s beauties and differences. I gained critical thinking skills that strengthened my independence, guided me through obstacles and made me more self-reliant. Most of all... - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
I learned an insane amount about the Chilean culture. I made so many Chilean friends, and that helped me speak Spanish at a higher level. It was most definitely worthwhile. - Hope College View Entire Review
Past Review Incredible
Being the only student from my university on this program, I was incredibly nervous going into the experience. However, the decision to study abroad with the Santiago program was the best decision I made. My program included 21 students from various universities across the nation, allowing me to meet people I would not have met ... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Santiago - Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
I am so much stronger in Spanish so it was 100% worthwhile. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
I now understand how study abroad really is a learning experience and so much more than an extended vacation. At first, I was a tourist in Santiago, but after a month or two of living there, I developed a better understanding of the people, their values, and the culture. Near the end of my time abroad, I thought I had mastered l... - Tufts University View Entire Review
I gained independence, more confidence, better Spanish language skills, and friends that I will have for a lifetime. My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. - University of Illinois - Chicago View Entire Review
I learned to relax and really be in the moment which has helped me appreciate everything I did and saw while I was. Definitely worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Spanish Proficiency, Cultural Perspective, New Friends, Adventures and Memories It was absolutely 100% worthwhile, I couldn't have asked for a better rsemester. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
Because I cannot put into words what I gained, it was absolutely worthwhile. I have an appreciation, a knowledge and a love for a country I hardly knew anything about a year ago. I'm a more confident person now because of it. I have deep relationships with people across the ocean, and I've rediscovered my love for nature. It was... - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
My Spanish improved immensely from taking classes and living with a host family. Getting to travel and explore Chile with my friends from the program was absolutely incredible. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
Chile taught me to be patient with others and with myself, to communicate about everything always because you can never be too informed, to try new things and to get back up when you don't do as planned, to ask for help and in return, help others, to get lost and find your way home, to struggle and overcome obstacles, to learn, ... - University of Saint Thomas - Minnesota View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and gained a lot of Spanish skills. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
It absolutely was worthwhile! I learned so much about what I want to do in the future, Spanish, and truly about my own priorities. I think it's important that students recognize that studying abroad does not transport you to another utopian world; you still have to deal with the same problems present in your everyday life, you j... - Drew University View Entire Review
I learned all about Chile and Chilean culture. I have found a second home in Chile. - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
Past Review Spring 2015
I studied abroad with IES: Santiago in the spring of 2015. It was, by far, one of the best decisions I have made. Class sizes at the program center were small and the opportunity to take classes at one of the local universities, Universidad Pontifica Catolica de Chile, helped me to feel integrated into the city. My internship af... - University of Virginia View Entire Review
I learned that I am perfectly capable living in a foreign city and meeting friends when I don't know anyone. Santiago challenged me in that I had to speak a different language, live with a family I didn't know prior to arriving and meet new friends. I would go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat. - Hope College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself-I am much more open to new things and cultures now that I have lived abroad. I can relate with a whole entire other group of people and I think that is really special. - North Carolina State University / NC State View Entire Review
Past Review Personal Growth
New culture experience and language skills - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
My semester in Chile taught me that being abroad is not at all like you often see it portrayed. When you're looking at another person's experience on Facebook or study abroad review sites, you tend to really be seeing a highlight reel: pictures from crazy parties, insane weekend trips, or other extraordinary moments. You never g... - Brown University View Entire Review
From my time abroad, I became more - University of Illinois - Chicago View Entire Review
Past Review My Santiago
I cannot even describe everything I learned while abroad. The most valuable thing I learned, however, was how to truly be myself , even when I was uncomfortable. - Trinity University View Entire Review

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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 7 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.

Our Study in Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish language and Latin American topics. 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.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • Health Sciences General
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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