SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

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Explore Chile's recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past and create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society.This program examines the political, economic, and social changes tha... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.5
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Before studying abroad, I had no idea what to expect. I knew very little about Chile or what it would be like to live and study in a country I'd never been to before. That being said, I think this program was the best one I could have chosen for where I was. It gave me the knowledge I needed to be aware, the support system I nee... - Duke University View Entire Review
I learned who I am and what I really want to do in my studies and career. I learned about the beauty of cities, the unique risks and challenges that Chile is facing, and the joy of living next to the ocean. It was worth every penny, every scary moment, every awkward first encounter, every sacrifice, every second. - Amherst College View Entire Review
I learned about Chile’s History like the Dictatorship, the constitution, its neo-liberal system, privatized system, marginalized groups, issues that oppress citizens. I learned about the indigenous communities: Aymara and Mapuche. I learned about afro descendents, new waves of immigrant groups. I learned the manner in which ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
January 31, 2019 Mejorar Todo!!
I learned so much about myself. I pushed myself academically and excelled more then I ever knew I could. I will never forget this experience. This experience will never not cross mind. - University of St. Thomas - Minnesota View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
I gained confidence in myself. The confidence that I can move to another country alone with a huge language barrier and come out with not only American friends I will have for a lifetime, but a Chilean family who I love with my whole heart. I learned a lot about how I deal with stress and how I deal with challenges that come wit... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I learned a new language and about gender and race politics in other countries. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile! I learned about the connections we have with people from different places and how to learn from one another's values. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
October 10, 2017 A Great Look Back
Language skills, cross cultural communication abilities, greater independence - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was incredibly gratifying to integrate into another culture (and another language!) and learn about the social issues that exist in Chile. I felt like every travel experience was purposeful and taught me something about Chilean culture and society. - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
What I am capable of. How much I can depend on myself and how valuable I am to myself. Independence and how to face what may seem daunting with calm and clarity and proceed. - Claremont McKenna College View Entire Review
A more worldly view and a better grasp of the Spanish language. Definitely worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
My experience was absolutely worthwhile. It was a wonderful learning and growing opportunity, academically and personally. I made great friends, gained a new and wonderful family and had a fabulous experience. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to engage in a new kind of community I had never experienced before; living with an indigenous group really alters the way we understand our roles within the world and especially from the US. I have never been more continually shocked by US involvement in Chilean politics and never been more impressed by the openne... - The College of Wooster View Entire Review
I was able to go out of the country for the first time and learn so much more about Chile. I feel like I really learned about myself and was able to get a non-western perspective of life and social conflicts. I'm so grateful for this opportunity. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My Spanish improved immensely, I went from not feeling comfortable speaking in front of others to being able to have hours-long conversations. It was definitely worthwhile in the context of my academic interests and growing as a student. - Occidental College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
September 03, 2019 Would Do Again
I am now more comfortable in who I am as a person. I learned what my goals are and I was able to do this abroad because of the lack of experience and comfort many have in a foreign place. I had to really reflect and evaluate what I wanted to put out into the world and this opportunity encouraged me to do that. - Bates College View Entire Review
I gained insight in understanding other cultures and their political history. My Spanish skills also improved exponentially. - University of Tennessee - Knoxville View Entire Review
January 25, 2019 Wish I Could Go Back
I gained so many cultural insights, improved my Spanish astronomically, and met really interesting and vibrant people. - Smith College View Entire Review
It was 100% worthwhile, and I'm so glad I chose this program. It was the perfect blend of topics of history, politics, economics, anthropology, social justice, community development, culture, and more. I learned more outside the classroom than within it, and am so grateful for the experiential learning structure that is emphasiz... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
February 26, 2018 Apurate A Chile!
I gained confidence in myself speaking a second language and exploring a new country/city both on my own and with new friends. I will forever be grateful for this experience because while it was probably the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, I learned *so* much about myself and other - Sewanee: The University of the South View Entire Review
I learned not only how to navigate a new city and learn a new language, but I also learned a lot about myself and my identity. I would say that my experience was extremely worthwhile and I would love to do it again. - Colby College View Entire Review
Chile offers something for everyone since it is an extraordinarily diverse country. One can find fast-paced city life in the capital of Santiago, or a more laid-back experience in Valparaiso. We also had the opportunity to travel to rural communities in both the North and South of the country, which offered another special persp... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I became more independent, more go with the flow, and got a broader perspective in seeing the bigger picture. Definitely worthwhile. - Duke University View Entire Review
My Spanish definitely improved, and through the independent project I gained confidence in myself and my research and writing abilities. It was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile! Learned so many life skills and how to juggle everything that it throws at you. - Barnard College View Entire Review

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Explore Chile's recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past and create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society.

This program examines the political, economic, and social changes that have shaped Chile, including its cultural identity, community fabric, and development. You will experience the social, cultural, and political means by which Chileans today are seeking new ways of representation, communication, and identification.

Major topics of study include:

- Chile’s "successful" economic model, development, and social inequalities
- Community responses to Chile's socioeconomic changes
- The Pinochet regime, human rights violations, and Chilean history
- Truth, justice, and reconciliation 
- Current civil society expressions
- Challenges facing Chile's indigenous peoples

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Spanish Language, Literature
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