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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Fall Break in Chile:
Global Aging Santiago


Program Overview

Global Aging: Santiago, Chile will bring both undergraduate and graduate students to an urban metropolis nestled within the Andes mountain range. Chile, South America’s 7th most populous country, is experiencing population aging faster than any other country in Latin America. More than 30% of the population is projected to be over 60 by 2050. This Intensive Course Abroad will introduce students to aging as a global phenomenon, exploring what Chile’s rapid population aging means for families, health professionals, urban planners, and the government as well as parallels with our own country’s aging population. Students will visit community care facilities and talk with Chilean professionals, students and faculty members about how we can make our countries as age-friendly as they can be.  Students of all disciplines are encouraged to attend this trip.

By participating in this program, students will be able to: ICA Chile Hospital Visit
  • Define important concepts in global aging and the terms used to describe the demographic transition and the epidemiological transition.
  • Describe how the trends in aging are different throughout the world.
  • Describe key events and individuals that have shaped the social and historical context of the country of interest.
  • Recognize ethnocentrism and reflect on your own biases before traveling to the host county.
  • Observe key interventions designed to address important aging issues.
  • Reflect on your observations and report on a particular issue linked to aging in Chile.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for HSAD T380 / HSAD T580 Global Aging 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. Undergraduate students must leave room for the credits in their fall credit load when registering for fall term or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum. Graduate students will be billed for 3 Drexel credits at their normal rate.

Instructor: Jesse Ballenger, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration, College of Nursing & Health Professions

Pre-Travel Online Learning Modules required for all participants. Date and time will be provided post-acceptance.

  • July 2020: 1 hour Synchronous Class Zoom Welcome
  • August 2020: 2 hour Pre-Departure Orientation

2020 Program Calendar

Arrival Date: September 6th (Depart US on Sept. 5th)ICA Chile Graffiti Art
Departure Date: September 13th (Return US on Sept 14th)
Students are responsible for independent travel before or after program dates.

Itinerary Overview
Arrival & Welcome: Afternoon group meeting and orientation; Group Dinner


  • Tour of Kintun Municipalidad de Peñalolén. The Kintun program is the first public health strategy specifically designed for dementia care in Chile. 
  • Lunch on your own
  • Class discussion with Dr. Ballenger.
  • Dinner on your own
  • Guided Tour of Valpariso
  • Lunch on own
  • Meet with Geropolis, Universidad de Valpariso
  • Class discussion
  • Dinner on your own 
  • Tour of Geriatric Hospital Unit (Hospital San Juan)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Class discussion
  • Dinner on your own ICA Chile Skyview
  • Tour of Memory Unit (Hospital el Salvador)
  • Class discussion
  • Dinner on your own  
  • Guided Tour Hotel for Museo De La Memoria y los Derechos Humanos: a commemoration of the victims of the human rights violations during Pinochet’s 18-year regime from 1973–1990.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Class discussion
  • Dinner on your own 
  • Walking Discussion & BYO Picnic Lunch. Santiago is Chile’s largest city with the accompanying industry and transportation-related air pollution made worse by its location in a valley. The group will visit Parque Metropolitano, the city’s largest green space.
  • Group dinner

Wrap up & Departure for US

2020 Program Fee - $1,120

Due May 1st - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1st - $620 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • AccommodationsICA Chile Memorial
  • Charter van for site visits
  • Two group meals
  • Program activities and visits
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Round trip airfare $1500
  • Meals $210
  • Passport $145
  • Spending money $200
  • Airport transfers $55
  • Local transport $20

More Information

  • US citizens do not need a visa. Other nationalities should confirm visa requirements on the Chile embassy website.

  • A suggested itinerary will be provided. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare.

    Undergraduate Grading Scale
    Numerical Grade
    A+ 97-100
    A 93-96
    A- 90-92
    B+ 87-89
    B 83-86
    B- 80-82
    C+ 77-79
    C 73-76
    C- 70-72
    D+ 67-69
    D 63-66
    F Below 63
    Graduate Grading Scale
    97-100 A+
    93-96 A
    90-92 A-
    87-89 B+
    83-86 B
    80-82 B-
    77-79  C+
    73-76 C
    Below 73 F

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.