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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Absolutely worthwhile! Learned so many life skills and how to juggle everything that it throws at you. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Yes! I learned so much. From how to cook, how to use Chilenismos properly, how to avoid natural disasters, and how to set up a doctor's appointment in South America. - Dickinson College View Entire Review
Past Review Vamos A Valpo
Being abroad taught me so much about my ability to navigate a new city independently. I learned a lot about myself, honed my Spanish skills, and developed relationships with an amazing family. I would recommend that anyone that has a chance to study/live/work abroad does so - it is life changing! - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, & Community Development
Because you meet people from all over the world you get a better understanding of the world from multiple perspectives, this gave me time to think about myself and not only will I be learning about my new host country but at the United States. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that when things get hard, the best thing is to keep going and put yourself as deeply in the thick of things as possible. I realized that I could have observed Chile and my host family or I could jump in, make a lot of mistakes, but also get so much more out of it. This program was incredibly worthwhile and special. I ... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worth it, and I only wish I could've extended it to a full year. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned about an entirely new culture and how Chileans live and the things they care about and the issues that they are fighting for. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Chile..Go!
With SIT, you learn a lot inside and outside of the class. All of the lessons are very interactive. For example, when learning about the economy we visited various mines, talked to miners, as well as high level mining engineers. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
SIT does a great job of providing students with family interaction and educating the participants on historical and current issues relavant to Chile that in some ways apply to most of South America. The opportunity increased my interest in international development work, and the ISP played a large roll in my interests there. I... - Tufts 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 learned that my experience is really what I made of it. I also learned that sometimes, many things can go wrong, and to learn to accept that possibility and deal with it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Above all, language skills! International exposure, participation in and knowledge about a new culture, connections and friendships with Chileans… Yes! It was definitely worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Vi Va Chi Le
Absolutely, if only for the Spanish language skills I acquired and the tools to conduct independent research. - Fordham University View Entire Review
yes - Ithaca College View Entire Review
I think I grew a lot as a person because I was alone a lot and had to create my own happiness many times. I definitely learned some about the host country, but I do not think it changed any of my interests/plans/awareness. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My experience abroad confirmed my love of travel, cultures and experiencing new things. I know now that I can live outside of the United States, navigate public transportation in a foreign country, become conversant in another language and have an amazing time doing it! After coordinating meetings, listening to lectures and writ... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I'm going to live in Valpo. - Pacific Lutheran University View Entire Review
Definately. However, I would have liked some more academic interaction with people from my houst-country. One thing that really stands out in this program is the 2 week North/South excursion. I lived with a Mapuche (indian) family, experienced life on their farm, learned about their culture and was able to see a side of Chile... - Rice University View Entire Review


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
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Social Sciences
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school