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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin
Program Director:
Peterson, Carla
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Spanish
Online Course Catalog Available: No
ISU Course:
HDFS 490, HDFS 590
Program Description:


Chile: Human Services and Education Tour
Program Information
Program 2018 Highlights
Program and Application Requirements
Costs and Financial Assistance
Withdrawal Policies
Contact and Additional Info


This program, sponsored by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the College of Human Sciences, will involve travel to and from Chile, travel around Chile, and visits with social service agencies and the Catholic University of Chile. Students will have opportunities to experience and collaborate with people and agencies that serve vulnerable populations including students, children with special needs, single mothers, youth, and the elderly. Students will gain an understanding of historical and cultural influences on Chile's education and human services systems and relate those to analogous systems in the US.

Participants will become familiar with education and human services agencies in Chile; think critically about the historical, cultural, and economic influences on the systems currently in place and those being established; build relationships with students and faculty from the Catholic University of Chile and gain insights from about services for children and families in Chile from these individuals; and compare and contrast education and human services systems in Chile with those in the US.

At the end of the program, students will:
1. Identify, discuss, and critically examine similarities and differences between US and Chilean individual and family life development and human service organizations.
2. Explain similarities and differences between major influences (physical, behavioral, socioemotional, cognitive) on the development of individuals and families as they occur across the life span within the contexts of Chilean and US cultures.
3. Effectively communicate an understanding of historical and contemporary issues within Chilean culture and family policies.
4. Appreciate and articulate intercultural knowledge and global citizenship.

Students committed to participate in this program will be enrolled in HDFS 490, which will begin meeting during the spring semester in order to prepare participants for travel to Chile.

2018 Program Highlights
  • Tour Santiago, the dynamic capital of Chile
  • Tour Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, popular Pacific coastal towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Learn about childhood education services in Chile
  • Visit local schools and tour childcare facilities
  • Learn about social services in Chile
  • Tour agencies that serve individuals across the lifespan and in poverty
  • Excursion to the Andes Mountains

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection
Participants must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduate students and 3.0 or higher for graduate students.
  • Undergraduate students will need to have Junior or Senior classification and have at least 6 hours of coursework related to education or human services.
  • Graduate students in HDFS, SOE, or related department in good academic standing will be considered.
Applicants will be asked to submit the following materials as part of their ISUAbroad application:
  • Two electronic letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • 500-word essay describing how the experience abroad will enhance their knowledge and skills related to working with children, families, and agencies.
The College of Human Sciences may check a participant's current GPA at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance
Budget information for this program is available by clicking here. Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. 

Scholarship resources for this program are located at the following websites:
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid FAQ
Study Abroad Center - Affording to Go


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.31 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Withdrawal Penalties
The application deadline for the Summer 2018 will be due in January 2018, the specific date will be added shortly. Accepted participants will be notified in February 2018.. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system, given to the accepted students. . Those students who commit to their offers are officially part of the program and will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If a participant withdraws, he or she will be responsible for a $200 withdrawal penalty and all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. Charges will be applied to the student’s U-bill.

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Contact and Additional Information
Questions about Chile: Human Services and Education Tour should be directed to Program Directors Carla Peterson at and Katherine Bruna at Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at 



This program is currently not accepting applications.