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

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Explore Chile’s recent political and social history and how Chileans are reconciling with the past to create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society.Chile has undergone monumental political, economic, and social changes over the past fou... read more

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I became so much more comfortable speaking Spanish, but overall I think my biggest takeaway was how much my confidence grew. I interviewed strangers, lived with a new family, navigated a new city, made new friends, and experienced new cultures. - Bethel University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of confidence and self assurance. So so worth it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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
Past Review 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
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
I developed a lot of independence, self-awareness, and Spanish language proficiency. This program was absolutely worthwhile. - University of Puget Sound View Entire Review
July 19, 2022 Valparaíso, Chile
How to rely on others, the importance of putting personal issues with other students aside for the sake of the program, how to advocate for myself - Brandeis University 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
Past Review 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
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
Past Review 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

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Explore Chile’s recent political and social history and how Chileans are reconciling with the past to create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society.

Chile has undergone monumental political, economic, and social changes over the past four decades—including transitioning away from a 17-year dictatorship. Studying in Chile, you will explore how Chileans today are building a more equitable and inclusive nation and you will become part of a larger intercultural movement yourself. You’ll witness the struggle for justice and reconciliation related to the military regime’s human rights violations, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship or conduct independent research.


During your excursions, you will spend two weeks with Mapuche and Aymara communities to understand the longstanding challenges Chile’s indigenous peoples face. In addition, you’ll work on a community project with an NGO and learn about the development strategies local communities are using to confront their unique challenges.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science and Government
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships. SIT scholarships are not available for online courses or virtual internships. Your scholarship application is created when you select your interest in SIT need-based scholarships when asked in the drop-down section of your SIT Study Abroad program application. Your application is then reviewed separately, on a rolling basis, when complete. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

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Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs November 1 for spring programs

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