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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Drexel Fall Break in Chile: Sites of Remembrance 


Program Overview

This course will explore Chilean literature about the violence and repression sparked by the military coup d’etat of 1973; the “disappearance” and death of thousands of Chileans during the ruling of the Junta throughout the 1980s; and the exile and displacement experienced by thousands of others.
The main objective of the program is to make students aware of the relationship between literature and history through the exploration of actual sites of remembrance in Santiago; a related objective is for the students to connect their readings and cultural experiences of Chile to their own lives through daily writing.  Some of the class discussions will take place at the Pontifical Catholic University.
Students will visit three major institutions in Santiago: Villa Grimaldi Peace Park, a site of remembrance where Chileans were interrogated and tortured; the new Museum of Memory and Human Rights, which offers a trove of artifacts and exhibits documenting repression and violence during the period; and the Salvador Allende Foundation, which promotes social justice and human rights. In addition, tours of the historical center of Santiago; visits to the capital’s rich pre-Columbian and historical museums; a day trip to a town in the surrounding Andes; and a day trip to the coastal area of Viña del Mar and the port city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO site.

Read The Triangle's article on the inaugural Fall Break in Chile program!

* Please note this program is offered every other year and is next scheduled for Fall 2017.


Students will be registered for ENGL 325 - Santiago de Chile: Sites of Remembrance, 3 credits as part of their fall 2015 course load. Students will meet with Dr. Ibieta both as a group and individually throughout the fall quarter to continue their course work and to prepare their final projects.
Spanish language is not required for this trip. However because Dr. Ibieta is fully bilingual, students have the option of doing their reading and writing in either English or Spanish.

ENGL 101, ENGL 102 and ENGL 103

Gabriella Ibieta, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Dept. of English and Philosophy, CoAS,

Program CalendarChile lit tour

* Please note this program is offered every other year and is next scheduled for Fall 2017.

Prior to departure, students are required to attend an introduction/preparatory session during summer term. Session may be conducted online. Details TBD.

Departure for program: September 6, 2015
Arrival Date: September 7, 2015
Return from program: September 15, 2015
*Final dates to be confirmed

Itinerary Overview

  • Pontifical Catholic University
  • Villa Grimaldi Peace Park
  • Museum of Memory and Human Rights
  • Walking Tour, Historic Center of Santiago
  • Museum of Pre-Columbian Art
  • National History Museum
  • Cultural Center Gabriela Mistral
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Santa Lucia and San Cristobal Hills (Andes)
  • Day Trip 1: Guided Tour of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar (on the coast)
  • Day Trip 2: Guided Tour of Pablo Neruda Museum in Isla Negra   

Program Fee - $750 for 2015; 2017 program fee TBDPUC chile

Due May 1 - $25 application fee + $500 Advance Payment
Due June 1 - $250 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
*CoAS majors may be eligible for up to $1000 CoAS subsidy toward their program fee after completing all acceptance materials

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accomodations (double or triple occupancy)
  • In-country transportation, including airport pickup
  • Entrance fees, tours, related program activities
  • Two group dinners

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Roundtrip airfare $1200**
  • Meals $250
  • Passport $140
  • Spending Money $150

More Information

  • Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa
  • Students must book their own flights with arrival into Santiago. A suggested flight itinerary will be provided. 
  • Accommodation: The Andes Hostel is located in the vibrant Bellas Artes neighborhood, within walking distance of the city center, and across the street from a Metro stop. The rooms are comfortable and well-kept, and the common areas, including a full kitchen, are well appointed. There are several cafes, restaurants and a supermarket nearby.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.