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IES: Santiago, Chile Health Studies (summer) (Third Party)

The Program

Study abroad on the IES Abroad Santiago Health Studies Summer Program and enhance your classroom studies through practical and direct experience in Chile’s community-centered public health care system.  This program is ideal for advanced Spanish students in pre-med studies, nursing, pharmacy, public health, hospital management, and other health related professions.

The Academics

Students will enroll in two courses for this program.  The first course is the Clinical Observation Internship in Health Studies.  The purpose of this course is to offer students a global vision of the Chilean health system, of health policies and healthcare delivery to community. This seminar is structured as academic support and context to the clinical observation that students will do in the field, whose objective is to conduct and develop awareness and respect in medical assistance practices based on cultural and social aspects that are particular to Chile. This course will also analyze transversal themes such as efficiency, equity and the quality of service delivery to patients in each of the sessions.

The second course is Spanish for Health Practitioners.  This course is designed to develop students’ professional studies in the health care area while simultaneously preparing them to work in cross-cultural settings where effective communicative Spanish skills play a crucial role. The emphasis of this course is placed both on the linguistic aspects and also on the development of students? cultural competence and understanding. Students will learn about the Chilean health system and non-traditional health care practices while expanding their medical vocabulary.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title  Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
SPAN 3293 Foreign Study SP 321 Spanish for Health Practitioners 1 3 12/31/2019

The Experience

Students will live in private homestays and will have all meals provided by their homestay families. All accommodations are screened and approved by the IES Abroad Santiago staff.

IES Abroad Santiago sponsors field trips in and around Santiago, including a day trip to Valparaíso, a major Chilean port.  IES Abroad staff can also advise you on cultural events and activities in Santiago to help you learn more about Chilean culture.

The IES Abroad Center is ideally situated in the heart of Santiago, just east of San Cristobal Hill. The Center offers wireless internet access, classrooms, administrative offices, and a small library. Students are encouraged to bring laptops, provided they are insured. The IES Abroad Santiago Center offers wireless Internet access, but you should not expect to have Internet access in your homestays. IES Abroad provides computer facilities for you to complete your academic work, but facilities are not as extensive or as readily available as many U.S. institutions.


Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/27/2018 03/06/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Health, Languages, Latin American Studies, Nursing, Pre-Med, Public Health
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: 4 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75