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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:
  • 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 IPS T380 / IPS 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 2019: 1 hour Synchronous Class Zoom Welcome
  • August 2019: 2 hour Pre-Departure Orientation

Program CalendarICA_SantiagoChile_Street

Arrival Date: September 8, 2019 (Depart US on Sept. 7th)
Departure Date: September 15, 2019 (Return US on Sept 16th)
Students are responsible for independent travel before or after program dates.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1: Arrival & Welcome: Group meeting and orientation
Day 2: Overview of Aging in Chile

  • Morning: Aging in Chile & the US – Symposium, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: La Catolica colleagues present on aging in Chile and CNHP Dean Gitlin and faculty will present about aging in the US. 
  •  Lunch meet and greet at La Católica
  • Afternoon: Participatory Walk Audit on Age-friendliness in Santiago: Walking Tour of area around La Catolica; the group will assess the age-friendliness of the community using AARP’s Walk Audit Tool 
  • Evening:  Dinner debrief.  At “dinner debriefs” two students will be asked to lead a discussion about the day.  Students pay their own meal. 

Day 3: The Collective Memory in Chile & Intergenerational Relations

  • Morning: Museum Visits
    • 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. 
    • Museo Historia Nacional: exists to educate the people of Chile and visitors about the country’s history and heritage. 
  • Afternoon: Free time for lunch and sightseeing with list of suggested sites (ie. Violeta Parra and Pablo Neruda Museums etc.) 
  • Evening:  Traditional Music at Los Adobes De Argomedo 

Day 4: An Innovative Model for Dementia Care: The Kintun

  • Day trip to the Kintun: Co-developed by CNHP Dean Gitlin, The Kintun program is the first public health strategy specifically designed for dementia care in Chile. 
  • Evening:  Dinner debrief (format above), students pay for their own meal. 

Day 5: Implementing Health Policy in Santiago

  • Morning:  Joint Meeting #1: Ministry of Health,  Coordinator of the National Aging Plan & Coordinator of the National Dementia Plan: Drexel Faculty will present their work; discussion with students about presentations
  •  Afternoon: Joint Meeting #2: Health Promotion and Prevention: “More Autonomous Older Adults Program”
  • National Service of the Elderly – how does this interact with health (Adult Daycare, nursing homes)?
  •  Evening: Debrief (format above). Students pay for their own meals. 

Day 6:  Age-friendly Health Care

  • Morning: Breakfast Debrief (format above). Students pay for their own meals.
  •  Midday: Hospital or Health Center Visit or Primary Health Care –Tour and discussion with faculty & clinicians
  •  Afternoon/Evening: Free time for sightseeing & dinner on own 

Day 7: Climate Change and Aging:  Day Trip to Cerro San Cristobal

  • Morning/Afternoon:  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.
  •  Evening: Dinner debrief (format above). Students pay for their own meals. 

Day 8: Wrap up & Departure: Check out of hotel. Goodbye Breakfast (students pay for their own meals) and departure for US.

Program Fee - $1,015

Due May 1, 2019 - $500 Advance Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due July 1, 2019 - $515 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

  • Accommodations
  • 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 $1550
  • Meals $200
  • Passport $145
  • Spending money $200
  • Airport transfers $55

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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/01/2019
05/15/2019 09/08/2019 09/15/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.