SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment

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  • Location(s): Arica, Chile
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Learn about public health through traditional medicine and intercultural health practices, indigenous customs, community welfare, and social justice.Live in ethnically diverse Arica, Chile, home to many cultural worldviews and health practices as ... read more

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¡Sípo! Reflecting on my time studying abroad in Arica, I can confidently say that it was worth every moment and effort. This experience has broadened my horizons, enhanced my academic and professional skills, and shaped me into a more globally aware and culturally sensitive individual. I am immensely grateful for the opportun... - University of Richmond View Entire Review
I learned that its okay to be uncomfortable in new spaces. I learned a lot more about being independent and managing my money. I learned different perspectives on latinidad compared to that of the U.S. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile. I learned all about the health system in the country, advantages and disadvantages, the culture, and the people! - Macalester College View Entire Review
Past Review A Quick Glimpse
I learned that I was capable of going to an unknown country and making everlasting relationships and friendships, something I thought I'd struggle a lot more with. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and gained confidence in my speaking abilities in a foreign language as well as how to navigate in a completely new place. I have such an appreciation for traditional medicine and cultural practices that have existed for centuries that is still so prevalent ... - The College of Wooster View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
All in all, it was worthwhile. It was one of the best experiences an aspiring doctor could have. You are forced to meet strangers and discuss intimate details of their life (in another language nonetheless), just like a doctor does when she/he opens the door of an exam room. You become aware of your vulnerability fluctuating, bu... - George Washington University View Entire Review
I gained the sense of wellbeing while living in a new place, learned content about public health in Chile, gained the experience of designing and executing my own anthropological research project. It was worthwhile! - Whitman College View Entire Review
Firstly, my spanish skills improved a lot. Second, I think it was really great to be able to spend so long in one country (I had considered other programs that included more travel); I feel like I got to know Chile very well. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Chilean culture and improved my Spanish skills. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
My experience abroad was incredible. I completely fell in love with Chile and with learning in Chile. I learned so much about what I was interested and how to interact and be independent in a completely new culture. - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I learned independence, confidence, the importance of making mistakes, open-mindedness. - Trinity University View Entire Review
My semester abroad in Chile utilized lectures, discussions and shadowing to fully understand the topics of public health, traditional medicine, and community empowerment in the Chilean, Peruvian, Aymará, and Mapuche populations. Throughout the semester our program traveled to the towns of Temuco in southern Chile, Putre in the h... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Confidence in the language, an amazing second family, life long friends and travel companions, and an understanding of Chilean culture and public health. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was more than worthwhile. This is an experience I will remember forever. I learned how to love people I differ from in many ways. I discovered where my passions lie in my career path. And, I found a home in a whole new country. - Washington University in St. Louis View Entire Review
I gained confidence, coping and life skills, personal growth, a different perspective. Was completely worth while - George Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review Bacán, No Más
Beyond the mountain of new information I learned about the public health system and the Mapuche and Aymara cultures, I also learned about interacting with people. I learned how no amount of book knowledge can beat meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, and learning about their lives. I how to approach new experi... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
So much insight into the Chilean culture. - Tulane University View Entire Review
I improved my Spanish skills and gained enough confidence to go up to strangers and start conversations. I also learned about the Chilean healthcare system, which added to my understanding of our own healthcare system. - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with SIT Study Abroad: Chile - Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
I learned how to be a balanced person. I realized that there is more out there than just schoolwork! It was extremely worthwhile!! - Davidson College View Entire Review
I learned about the culture and Spanish and I learned a ton about myself. It was absolutely worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
People, more than places, will shape how you view things and the world at large. Chile is a great place to live and learn and has an interesting model for intercultural health. There are problems society faces everywhere due to historical events and there are lots of different solutions that can be used to tackle them. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was incredibly worthwhile. I got the chance to travel all over Chile and become fully immersed in the culture. I grew more confident in my ability to speak Spanish and navigate all kinds of situations. - Washington University in Saint Louis View Entire Review
I learned how to relax and value what is actually important in life. Chileans have a way of investing their time in things that are actually important, like food and family. I had the opportunity to make many close and wonderful chilean friends and to travel with them and visit their homes and families after the program, and fr... - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained a loving family who I miss very much and want to go back and visit. Also, I loved learning the spanish specific to Chile and I despite the challenge of never knowing what was going on because of the language barrier I feel like I learned, grew, and changed so much. The best 4 months of my life. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Unforgettable
I really can't put it into words. Everyone who has the opportunity to do this program should. I'm so so inspired. - Brandeis University View Entire Review

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Learn about public health through traditional medicine and intercultural health practices, indigenous customs, community welfare, and social justice.

Live in ethnically diverse Arica, Chile, home to many cultural worldviews and health practices as well as unequal access to health services. From this strategic location near the borders of Peru and Bolivia, you’ll learn about transnational issues such as infectious disease management and examine healthcare from international perspectives at health centers and government offices. You’ll also learn how to collect, analyze, integrate, and report social and public health data, and use that knowledge while completing independent research or an internship.


You will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the work carried out by public health teams of Chilean Health System to combat COVID-19, their successful vaccination programs, challenges, and lessons learned.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Health Professions
  • Health Sciences General
  • Medical Administrative Services
  • Public Health
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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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

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

Guidelines/Requirements:
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 (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu 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.

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