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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Tineka Lebrun
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters
Internship Available:
Program Specific Scholarships:
IES PSU Scholarship
Fields of Study:
Health and Human Development, Spanish
Program Description:
Rooftops of Chilean homes

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 Summer Health Studies program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish for Health Practicioners and taking a clinical observation course.  Due to Chile's community-centered health system, you will have the unique experience to gain culturally-based health practices and an understanding of navigating the health care system of a developing nation.

Courses are conducted in Spanish, and this program is appropriate for students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent).  There are two prescribed courses for the program, with students having the option of one of two Spanish courses.


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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA.You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Students are required to take a 7 credits on this summer program.


This program offers two required courses.  Students choose one level of Spanish and also take the clinical observation course.

  • Clinical Observation Seminar (Penn State equivalency number HPA 297)
  • Spanish for Health Practicioners I (Penn State equivalency number SPAN 199)
  • Spanish for Health Practicioners II (Penn State equivalency number SPAN 199)


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Sophmore class standing or higher at time of study
  • 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  • 4 semesters of Spanish (or equivalent)
  • Students must have been enrolled in a Spanish course within the year prior to the program start date OR must have their language level evaluated prior to acceptance

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live in a homestay, where three meals per day are provided during the week.  On weekends, you will have two meals per day provided by your family.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the summer budget sheet. The budget sheet includes information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.

IES-PSU Scholarships

IES has generously provided scholarships for specific programs. These funds are intended for students who, for financial reasons, may not otherwise be able to participate on a IES program.

Summer 2017

Scholarships for the summer 2017 programs listed will be issued for $500 or $1,000 per student.  There is no application for this scholarship, and the University Office of Global Programs will notify scholarship recipients via email.  Eligibility for theses scholarships vary, but students must study abroad in the determined semester and location, in addition to being a full-time degree seeking Penn State undergraduate student and establishing financial need.  Applicants must also be a United States citizen/permanent resident and have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Office of Student Aid.  Financial need is established via the FAFSA on file with Penn State.  Scholarships are not guaranteed and will be competitive.

IES: Buenos Aires, Language and Argentine Studies
IES: Rabat, Francophone Studies & Arabic Language
IES: Santiago, Internship Program 
IES: Santiago, Health Studies
IES: Tokyo 

Please contact your Education Abroad adviser for more information.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/23/2018 07/13/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA

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