TFAS 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.  The challenging coursework will give students the academic background necessary to become influential policymakers and global leaders of tomorrow.

The academic program includes course components covering political theory, American government, and economics.  The lectures and readings connect scientific, theoretical, and philosophical analyses with the hope that students will apply what they learn at TFAS Santiago when they return to their home countries.

The pace of the program is intense and demanding.  In addition to attending classes and guest lectures, formal and informal extracurricular events are planned to encourage students to share ideas and cultures outside of the traditional classroom setting.

The course is accredited by the University of the Andes and all classes are held on their beautiful campus in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.

"The program was the best academic opportunity that I could have hoped for, and because of the program I am now prepared to defend the ideas of a free market and a free society in a country that has completely rejected them. Hopefully I will soon have the opportunity to help construct a new country with new ideas about principles, rights, morality and freedom. Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to prepare myself academically to return to my country to do my best to change it."

Claudia Rodriquez

Course Descriptions

Political Theory and American Studies

This  course component allows students to explore historical and cultural aspects of American society. The course 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.


This component of the course examines 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 course will utilize the special case of Chile's remarkable economic performance to illustrate the differences between current economic systems.


Political Theory and American Studies

Dr. Brad Thompson
Clemson University

Dr. Brad Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has also been a visiting fellow at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London. Professor Thompson is the author of the prize-winning book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty.

Dr. Thompson has also edited The Revolutionary Writings of John Adams, Antislavery Political Writings, 1833-1860: A Reader and was an associate editor of the four-volume Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment. His current book project is on “The Ideological Origins of American Constitutionalism.” Dr. Thompson is also an occasional writer for The Times Literary Supplement of London. He has lectured around the country on education reform and the American Revolution, and his op-ed essays have appeared in scores of newspapers around the country and abroad. Dr. Thompson's lectures on the political thought of John Adams have twice appeared on C-SPAN television.


Dr. Ricardo Leiva
University of the Andes

Dr. Leiva received his Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Navarra, Spain. He served as professor of Marketing and Marketing Research at the Business and Economics School of the University of Navarra and now serves as a professor of Communication at the University of the Andes.

Dr. Juan Ignacio Brito
Universidad de Desarrollo

Dr. 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. He now serves as a professor of Communication at the University of the Andes, and is also the Associate Opinion Editor at the newspaper La Tercera.