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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Gain unique insight into healthcare policies, politics, and delivery as well as traditional medicinal practices in Chilean communities.This program examines intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile and sout... read more

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I cannot fully describe what I learned in words. One must have to go on the program and experience it for themself to completely understand what I learned from my experience on this program. I learned an immense amount about Chilean culture, family, and of course Spanish. I learned how to live and integrate into a language and c... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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Past Review The Real Chile
I learned so much about the indigenous populations of Chile from within the populations. It was an experience that not just any tourist, or even Chilean, could have. I learned a lot about myself and my ability to cope with unfamiliar situations. It was completely worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I was able to learn about an indigenous culture and participate in shamanic ceremonies and I made some wonderful friends. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much I couldn't possibly write it all here, or even write it anywhere for that matter. Would recommend this program to anyone!! - Villanova University View Entire Review
I have a strong desire to continue travelling and learning about other cultures and hope to live abroad again one day. - Tulane University View Entire Review
Absolutely! - Carleton College View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I'm presently continuing the research that I began during my time in Chile-- namely, how poor diets and insufficient levels of physical activity are making the children of today likely to have shorter, lower quality lives than their parents. I'm also now able to apply my Spanish during research-related a... - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review I'd Do It Again!
I learned that study abroad programs are really catered towards a particular student. I also learned that a lot of Americans are ignorant about global issues regardless of how much they learn inside the classroom. This particular study abroad program really tried to integrate the American students into its culture and I also saw... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I had so many unique, once in a lifetime experiences that I think I could have only experienced through this program. Love Chile to the fullest. It is an incredible country with such a youthful energy. I am fascinated by this country and inspired by everyone I met, including my American classmates. - Brown University View Entire Review
So much. It was definitely worthwhile, and I would do it all over again. - Ithaca College View Entire Review
Definitely increased my cultural awareness, taught me skills about going our and experiencing and documenting on my own, but mostly gave me the time and resources to do it. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself, a lot about how others view Americans, and about the universality of people. - Tulane University View Entire Review
It was amazing overall. There were some bumps and the Spanish program was seriously lacking, but if you take initiative and are interested in the program's focus areas you'll do great. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review
My study abraod program was worthwhile!! I feel that I have a better understanding especially of how another functioning health care system can work. In addition I feel as though I have become more confident in talking to people that I do not know and putting my self into situations that are unknown. - Simmons College View Entire Review


Gain unique insight into healthcare policies, politics, and delivery as well as traditional medicinal practices in Chilean communities.

This program examines intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile and southern Peru. You will consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives you the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.

Major topics of study include:

- Chile's national and indigenous health systems
- Economic, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning and practices
- Alternative treatments of psychiatric and other mental health issues
- Healing and spiritual beliefs
- Health of women, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly
- Public health and community empowerment

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