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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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 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
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


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:
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SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

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.

$500 - $5000

April 1 for summer programs May 15 for fall programs 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: 1) Once your scholarship application is started, you will be asked to provide SIT with the name and email address of a financial aid counselor at your home institution, or the general email address of your financial aid office. This is very important as it allows SIT to consider any financial aid that may be available from your home institution when reviewing your scholarship application. 2) Add SIT’s school code (008860) to your FAFSA form. 3) Your scholarship application is complete and ready for review when SIT has your FAFSA and the financial aid information from your home institution. Confirm receipt of all required financial aid information with the SIT Study Abroad Scholarship Office ( or 802.258.3503). 4) If you do not receive an award decision notification from SIT before the billing due date, please know that your scholarship application was not complete.