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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Interim
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA Required: 2.75 Housing Option(s): Homestay
Areas of Study: Health Sciences, Public Health, Spanish Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
IES Abroad - Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile

Program Overview
Ideal for students considering careers in health-related fields, this program offers you the opportunity to learn about health care policy and delivery systems in the context of Chile’s community-centered public and private health care system. An important component of the program introduces you to historical, social, and cultural aspects of health care specific to Chile, including the treatment of illness and patients’ rights.

The program consists of one course, Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile, divided into two components: Clinical Observation and Spanish for Health Care Practitioners. The primary component, Clinical Observation, allows you to observe patient care in public and private clinics. A classroom seminar provides a framework for clinical observations and analyzes themes such as efficiency, equity, and the quality of service delivery to patients. Spanish for Health Care Practitioners is designed to help you develop Spanish language skills focusing on medical terminology.

Study abroad in Santiago and gain unique insight into the field of health care!
Students will enroll in JAN 419 A for Interim. While in Santiago, students will take one course, divided in two parts:
  • Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile Clinical Observation: This course includes a seminar and an observation component. The seminar examines the global perspectives of Chilean health and health care systems and provides the framework for your clinical experience. You will visit private and public clinics/hospitals and interact with different health care professionals. Experience and study the diverse responsibilities held by a variety of health care professionals.
  • Spanish for Health Care Practitioners: This intensive Spanish course reviews fundamental aspects of culture and grammar, and introduces you to vocabulary related to health care in Chile. The course will allow you to improve your Spanish in a Chilean health care context, further preparing you for a successful experience in this program.
This project is graded A-F.

Students live in a homestay in Santiago with a family or señora, who helps facilitate language learning and integration into the Chilean community. The homestay hosts provide two meals per day. 

Program Costs
Program fee: $3,630
This cost includes pre-departure advising by IES Abroad staff, housing, some meals, on-site orientation, 24 hour emergency support, field trips and cultural activities and international health insurance.

Additional expenses:
International airfare (varies with point of departure and carrier): $1,100 - $1,800
Textbooks, copyright permission fees, course packets and other course-related materials: $25
Meals: $250 
Rental or purchase of required cell phone: $30 - $150
Lab coat (students can bring their own lab coat or purchase one on-site): $15
Local transportation: $250
Personal expenses (does not include personal student travel): $350
Passport: $160 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)  

Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Students who are applying for an Interim travel grant will be informed of their travel grant application status prior to the Interim application deadline. Please note that any funding received from a travel grant cannot be used towards the Interim program deposit.

To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must be in good social and academic standing with the College. To be considered for a merit-only grant, students must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application.

For More Information
Visit the JAN 419 A: IES Abroad - Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile website