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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/08/2018 05/19/2018
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: French, Erin Program Director: Peterson, Carla
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Classification at Departure: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Spanish
Program Description:

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Chile: Human Services and Education Tour
**Special Scholarship: All participants will receive a $500 scholarship, and will be eligible to apply for other CHS International Scholarships **
 
Learn More At:
CHS Study Abroad Fair: Oct 4th from 10:30 - 1:30 in 1009 LeBaron Hall
HDFS / SOE Study Abroad Info Night: Nov 7th at 5:30 PM in 1520 Lagomarcino Hall

 
            

 
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.
 

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
  • Visit a winery to learn more about the famed Chilean wine industry
  • 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
     
           
 

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. (Sophomores may also apply and will be reviewed individually by the faculty leaders)
  • 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 application deadline is December 1, 2017The 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
 
This program has costs that will appear on your U-bill and costs that you will pay for out-of-pocket, and the budget sheet linked below outlines more information about the expected costs.  Please note that ISU budget sheets are estimates and costs may vary.  However, it should give you a good idea of how much you would spend to participate in this program. Other links below provide resources to help you find scholarships and other aid to pay for participating in the program.

Chile: Human Services and Education Tour Budget Sheet

Scholarship resources for this program are located at the following websites:
College of Human Sciences International Scholarships - Scholarships for Summer 2018 will open in January 2018
Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships
Office of Student Financial Aid FAQ

If you are a first time traveler in CHS you can find information here about CHS's Passport Reimbursement program. 

 
           

Insurance
 
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

 
Deadline and Withdrawal Information
 
The application deadline for the program is December 1, 2017. You will be notified by December 15 if you have been accepted to participate. You will have a week and a half to decide if you will commit to the program, a specific commitment date will be in your acceptance letter. If you commit to your offer, you are officially part of the program, and you will be responsible for all program costs listed on the ISUAbroad budget sheet. If you withdraw, you will be responsible for all non-recoverable program payments the college is obligated to make on your behalf. Charges will be applied to your 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 carlapet@iastate.edu and Katherine Bruna at krbruna@iastate.edu. Questions about the application process should be directed to the College of Human Sciences International Programs Office at chsintl@iastate.edu or in 131 MacKay.