TFAS Santiago

Start the new year at TFAS Santiago with young leaders from throughout Latin America and the United States studying economics, political philosophy and the basis for the rule of law and institutional governance. Accredited through Universidad de los Andes, the two-week long academic program offers a unique opportunity for young leaders to learn about the political and economic necessities of a free society while exploring the vibrant metropolis of Santiago, Chile.

TFAS Santiago Students at the top of San Cristobal Hill
TFAS Santiago students at the top of San Cristobal Hill, overlooking downtown Santiago.

The program’s academic goal is to engage students in a thorough and philosophical examination of government and economics in order to shed light on the political and economic necessities of a free society. This is done through two course components, divided between week one and week two. Students will receive 6 ECTS credit hours (equivalent to 3 U.S. credit hours) from UANDES upon successful completion of the program.

The first week’s curriculum examines the theories, structures and principles governing the American system of constitutional government. Lectures will focus on the structure, role and relationship of constitutional government, as well as the role of political parties, media and civil society in developing and enforcing the laws that allow societies to prosper or fail.

Students gather together in small groups to discuss a case study.

In week two, participants examine the structure and functions of a market economy in the context of such fundamental issues as competition, trade policy, fiscal and monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, and international financial markets. The course will explore the benefits and challenges of globalization as well as the impact of government intervention in the economy. The economics component will examine the case of Chile’s economic performance, compared to other countries in the region, to illustrate the differences between current economic systems.

Juan Ignacio Brito, Universidad de los Andes


Juan Ignacio Brito is a professor in the School of Communication at Universidad de los Andes and served as dean of the department from 2013 – 2020. He is also the Associate Opinion Editor at the newspaper, La Tercera, and previously worked at El Mercurio and Qué Pasa.

Brito is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Carlos Budnevich Le-Fort, Universidad de los Andes


Carlos Budnevich Le-Fort is a professor of Finance at the ESE School of Business at the Universidad de los Andes. He is the author of several academic publications in specialized magazines and books in Chile and abroad.

Budnevich previously taught at the Institute of Economics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and at the Faculties of Administration and Economics of the University of Chile and Finis Terrae. He worked as an Economist in the Department of Studies of the Superintendent of Banks, CIEPLAN and then in the Central Bank of Chile, of which he became Manager of Financial Analysis. Budnevich also served as Coordinator of the Capital Market Commission of the Tantauco Groups.

He graduated as a Commercial Engineer from the University of Chile, and did his postgraduate studies in the United States, reaching the degree of Doctor of Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Luis Alejandro Silva, Universidad de los Andes


Luis Alejandro Silva is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Postgraduate Studies for the Faculty of Law at Universidad de los Andes. He has previously served as Director of Studies, and as well as General Secretary of the university.
Silva is a lawyer of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a Master and Doctor of Law from Universidad de los Andes, in addition to William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life Visiting Fellow of Princeton University, United States.

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C. Bradley Thompson, Clemson University


C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the department of political science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism.
Thompson has published six books, including his most recent work, America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration that Defined it which explains the principles and significance of the Declaration of Independence as the embodiment of the American mind. His other works include the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty, Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea, The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams, Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860 and Freedom and School Choice in American Education.
In recent years, Thompson has also published essays on a range of topics such as children’s rights, natural law theory, Marxism, Progressive education and free-market education. He has lectured around the country on education reform and his op-eds have appeared in scores of newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. His lectures on the political thought of John Adams have twice appeared on C-SPAN and he has been a guest on television programs hosted by John Stossell and Glenn Beck.
Thompson earned his doctorate at Brown University and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.

As a TFAS Santiago participant, you will have many opportunities to see the sights and sounds that make Chile such a special place, including excursions to enjoy the history, heritage, and natural beauty of Chile.

Tour of Santiago
Over the first weekend of the program, participants will enjoy a tour of historic downtown Santiago, where they will visit the historic La Moneda presidential palace as well as other well-known sites.

Students in front of La Moneda Presidential Palace
Stopping in front of La Moneda Presidential palace during the Santiago city tour.

Cultural Presentations
During this annual event, students showcase their countries or cultures through traditional dance, costumes, songs, poems and cuisine. This is a unique opportunity for students to share their traditions and provide information for others to come and visit their homelands. Each group is given 5-7 minutes to present something entertaining for every student to enjoy.

Chilean Asado (Barbecue)
At UANDES, TFAS Santiago participants will have a chance to enjoy a Chilean “asado,” or barbecue, which features authentic Chilean food and folk dancing. This event allows students a chance to experience the country’s culture and history with staff, university personnel and fellow students.

Trip to Valparaiso
Students will spend a whole day in Valparaiso, the beautiful coastal city that is home to Chile’s government. While in Valparaiso, participants are given a guided tour of the Chilean National Congress, a visit La Sebastiana (the former home-turned-museum of Pablo Neruda), and a chance to explore the city’s bustling shoreline, where shops and restaurants overlook the Pacific Ocean.

Accommodation + Meals
Students participating in the program will reside at the Hotel Diego de Velazquez in the Providencia neighborhood of Santiago. Each double occupancy room has free WiFi and air conditioning units. TFAS staff will assign same-gender roommates from different countries to promote cross-cultural exchange.

4 Women hiking in Santiago
Students hiking the hills behind campus as the sun sets.

Breakfast will be served daily at the hotel and lunch will be provided during the week at the dining facilities on the UANDES campus. Every effort will be made to include alternatives for students with special dietary requirements (kosher, vegetarian, etc.) due to religion and/or lifestyle. Students are responsible for dinner throughout the program, as well as lunch on the weekends.

Participants will ride a private bus between Hotel Diego de Velazquez and the UANDES campus, as well as to other scheduled events. Students also have convenient access to explore the city using public transportation, as the hotel is just steps away from two metro stations (Metro Los Leones and Pedro de Valdivia Metro) and multiple bus stops.

The hotel is located in downtown Santiago in the bustling Providencia neighborhood. Providencia has a variety of shops, restaurants, parks, and other attractions within walking distance for participants to enjoy in their free time.

Please note this schedule is only meant to give an idea of the program’s general structure. It is subject to change according to events and lectures. Participants will receive schedule prior to the start of TFAS Santiago.

2:00PM – 6:00PMRegistration
6:00PM – 7:00PMWelcome Orientation
9:00AM – 1:00PMWalking Tour of Historical Santiago
8:15AM – 8:45AMBus Ride to Campus
9:00AM – 11:00AMWelcome Activities & Campus Tour
11:15AM – 12:40PMIntroduction to Chile
1:00PM – 2:00PMLunch
2:00PM – 3:30PMPolitical Phil. Lecture 1: Ideas Have Consequences
3:45PM – 5:00PMProject Orientation
5:15PM – 5:45PMBus Ride to Hotel
8:15AM – 8:45AMBus Ride to Campus
9:00AM – 11:00AMPolitical Phil. Lecture 2: Ideas Matter
11:15AM – 12:45PMPolitical Phil. Lecture 3: Marxism, Socialism, Liberalism, and the Totalitarian Impulse
1:00PM – 2:00PMLunch
2:00PM – 4:00PMCultural Presentations Preparation
4:15PM – 4:45PMBus Ride to Hotel
5:30PM – 7:30PMOptional Outing to Costanera Center
8:15AM – 9:30AMBus Ride to Valparaiso
10:00AM – 12:30PMVisit to Chilean National Congress
1:00PM – 2:00PMLunch
2:15PM – 4:30PMVisit La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda’s Home and Museum
5:00PM – 6:00PMExplore Harbor Marketplace
6:15PM – 7:30PMBus Ride to Hotel