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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students:
Yes Language coursework offered: No
Field of study: Health Professions, Other, Social Sciences Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Academic Level:
Max credit hours:
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Chile: Understanding Health and Sport

About the Program 

Chile is a Latin American country that boasts a unique cultural fusion between the European influence of 20th-century immigrants and that of deep-rooted, indigenous cultures of South America. As the capital city, Santiago is a modern metropolis that is the literal and figurative center of this geographically and culturally diverse country where health and sport are emerging as current issues. Program courses will examine physiological, nutritional, economic and sociological aspects of Health and Sport in Santiago and greater Chile and will encourage dialogue and discourse around these complex topics. Site visits will expose students to health and sport professions in Chile and allow for both students and faculty to connect course content to the different geographical environments Chile has to offer.

Kim Alison Steinhebel (Summer, 2016)
"This was a wonderful experience. The cultural trips were interesting and I got to do and see a lot of things I've never previously had. The classes were extremely interesting and I really enjoyed getting to know the professors on a much deeper level, not just surface classroom conversation."

Santiago Chile

Santiago Plaza de Armas

Curricular Options

All programs and courses listed are tentative and subject to change, depending on student interest. Students may earn up to 10 credit hours per session, and are required to take 7 credit hours per session.  Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding the eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. University Bulletin.

HSS 295: Nutrition and Health/ HSS 401: Nutritional Biochemistry (3 credits)
In this course students will study the basics of nutrition and behavior from the perspective of the Chilean people and culture. This includes an examination of the macro- and micronutrients and the physiological and psychological aspects of food consumption and behavior. After the physiological function of food is understood, students will study different influencers affecting Chilean food behavior such as socio-demographics, culture, values, attitudes, beliefs, environment and policy. Further, through this course students will be able to determine nutritional needs for different lifecycles and lifestyles. Prerequisites: none
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries-Integrative (HSS 295 only)

HSS 360: Sport and Bodies (3 credits)
Critical examination of the historical and contemporary ways in which the human body is altered/modified, displayed/portrayed, valued/devalued, and included/excluded in terms of gender, race, social class, and ability status within sports. This course will examine how sport and bodies function in the political, social, and economic systems of the U.S. and globally. Using the perspectives of health and sport sciences and sociology, this course examines sport and bodies from macro and micro perspectives. Prerequisites: none
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries - Integrative; diversity and social justice
HSS 428: Research Methods
(3 credits)
Application and practice of research in student’s chosen profession and vocation. Emphasis will be designing and evaluating experimental studies, collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and role of research in professional practice. International collaborations and differences in research regulation will be explored.  Students will collect data as a class that relates to their experiences in the Chilean environment. Prerequisites: MTH 207
CAP Status: Capstone 

UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience (1 Credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded mini-course required of all student participants.


Dr. Diana Cuy Castellanos, Associate Professor, Health and Sport Science (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Corinne Daprano, Associate Professor, Health and Sport Science
Dr. Anne Crecelius, Assistant Professor, Health and Sport Science


Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).

The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Fitz Hall 686
Section Number: UDI 220 – MD
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Additional Information

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Program Ratings:
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Academic Experience:
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Cultural Experiences:
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Program Reviews:
Jessica Gilliam, Summer 2016 Participant
Very awesome

This program is currently not accepting applications.