- Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Study educational policies, strategies, and pedagogy in Chile and Argentina. The program offers students the opportunity to engage in rigorous academic coursework and research on educational systems in urban and rural areas of Chile and Argentina. Students spend time in a diversity of schools, gaining insight on the workings of public, private, voucher, underprivileged, coed, and single sex institutions. Students consider the application of popular education as a tool for social change. Live in a country known for sustained government engagement in educational policymaking and implementation. With a long history of innovation in educational approach and delivery, Chile provides students a dynamic social and political environment in which to study education and social change. The program is based in Chile's capital, Santiago, the focal point of protests involving high school students seeking education reform in 2006. The protests mobilized nearly a million people and underscored the importance of education for the Chilean populace as well as the controversies surrounding education funding, content, and distribution. Students examine the social contradictions and tensions manifested in the recent election of a right-wing president twenty years after the end of Pinochet's dictatorship and a period of progressive center-left governments. The 2006 protests reflected the difficult transition from the educational mandates of a dictatorship to the progressive ideas available in a democracy.
The interdisciplinary coursework in the Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change program explores the political, social, and economic factors affecting educational systems and social change in Chile and Argentina. Students examine these effects firsthand through field studies and interactions with urban and rural communities throughout Chile and in Buenos Aires. During the final month of the semester, students leverage their accumulated knowledge and research experience to complete an Independent Study Project or participate in an educational practicum.
Please inquire for costs: Fees include tuition, full room and board, all field trips and related fares, health and accident insurance, and other direct program expenses. Participants pay for international airfare and domestic travel to the point of departure from the USA.
- Setting Description:
- Program components The program consists of three main phases: •Five-week homestay in Santiago during which students have lectures and intensive language instruction •Three-week period studying educational systems in Temuco, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina •Four-week period when students complete an Independent Study Project or practicum Each phase of the semester exposes students to different perspectives on education and social change through interactions with a broad range of stakeholders – from students and teachers to policymakers and social activists.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
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Based on 6 Reviews
- An Unforgettable Experience12/29/19
My study abroad experience was unique, to say the least. The plan was to study abroad in Santiago, Chile, spending the majority of my time there. However, due to a massive social uprising in Chile, the plans changed, and I ended up spending about half
my time in Santiago and the other half of my time in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It ended up being fine, as I was happy to have more time to explore Buenos Aires, but I did lose a significant amount of time with my host family in Santiago, with whom I was very close with. Despite the fact that my study abroad experience was not at all what I expected it to be, it was worthwhile, nonetheless. I learned more about the education system of Chile and Argentina than I ever thought I could. Since my program was experimental, we spent a lot of our time visiting schools and talking with various teachers and students. I found this more beneficial than anything I would have learned in a classroom. I now have an in-depth understanding of an education system, that is very different from my own, that I can apply to my own studies of our education system in the United States. I also got to practice and significantly improve my spanish-speaking skills. I had never really put myself in a situation where I had no choice but to speak spanish, and while it was hard at first, I am so glad that I did it. I am now much more confident in my spanish-speaking abilities and would be able to travel to any spanish-speaking country on my own. I met people that I will remember for the rest of my life, that I never would had met had it not been for this program. Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend anyone considering abroad to go out of their comfort zone, even if it's not what the rest of your friends are doing, because it will prove to be very valuable for the rest of your life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- SIT in Chile: Hands on academic and cultural exploration09/03/19
This program is awesome! It is an excellent look into key issues in educational equity in Chile and even globally -- it also provides a great basis of knowledge of Latin American history and international relations. Hands on research and many school visits
gives great experience to people interested in various aspects of education. The staff was really supportive and present for everyone on the program, despite some instances where they could've communicated better about logistics or assignments. The classes and homestay allow for a lot of improvement in Spanish.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Lots of support, invaluable experiences03/01/18
I participated in this program in Fall 2017. Overall, my experience was very positive. As someone working toward teaching licensure and with a background in education, I think that I very much benefited from the cross-cultural experiences that this program
afforded--through school visits, interactions with students at different institutions in a variety of contexts and locations, exposure to bilingual-intercultural education with the Mapuche people, and, for me personally, an internship at a School for the Deaf in Santiago. There were struggles and at times I felt isolated from other people, but I did receive a lot of support from program staff in many forms, and the value I have taken away from this program is very high.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Amazing academic and personal growth!08/07/17
I had an incredible experience abroad through SIT Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change. The staff and all our professors were knowledgeable, caring, and enthusiastic about the program and helping us learn and grow. I found that most of our academic
and personal learning happened outside the classroom—SIT’s emphasis on field experience was one of the main reasons I chose to go abroad through their program. Through the vast range of school visits, tours of museums and human rights sites, and political and social marches and demonstrations, I was able to immerse myself in the culture, history, and current events of the country and learn in a way that would have been impossible to do in a university classroom in the U.S. One of the most important parts of my abroad experience was living with a homestay family. I had the most amazing family who truly made me feel welcome, loved, and cared for during my entire time there. It was also the best way for me to practice and improve my Spanish in a low-pressure environment where I constantly felt supported and encouraged. I really felt like a part of my family, and we still have a group text where we write and send each other pictures regularly! Some of the most unique and valuable parts of the SIT program were our group excursions to Valparaiso, Temuco, and Buenos Aires. Not only were we able to compare education systems and key social movements first-hand among the different regions, but we also got to connect with incredibly thoughtful, brave, and dedicated students, teachers, and activists. Our homestay experiences in Temuco and Buenos Aires allowed us to have closely personal relationships and intimate insights into the unique cultures and current challenges facing different communities we had learned about in a classroom context. I feel extremely grateful that I was able to travel to these different places and learn from so many amazing people—opportunities I probably would never have had outside of this program. The ISP period at the end of our program was one of the most intense, challenging, and valuable academic, social, and personal experiences I have ever had. I had to make huge leaps in my confidence in my Spanish language skills and social capabilities in order to conduct effective research that I felt was truly beneficial to the communities I was so generously welcomed into. Ultimately, I built strong connections with members of the educational community in Santiago, and felt a sense of pride for what I had accomplished through my ISP. This project is something I hope to continue on in the future, and hopefully I have the chance to return to Chile and re-connect with some of the amazing educators, students, and administrators I worked with!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Great experience abroad!!08/04/17
The three months that I spent abroad were some of the best months of my life. In this program i was challenged academically and given the opportunity to explore deep issues within education and social change. The staff, the students and the professors
are all amazing individuals and contribute so much to the program. All of the SIT staff were loving and eager to make us feel comfortable at all times. Despite the rigor of the program you do have enough time to get to know the city of Santiago if you decide to do so. Everyone that I came across was really friendly and would help me get to my destinations whenever I asked for help.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Living the Life in Santiago09/29/16
I truly enjoyed my experience living in the active, busy city of Santiago. I feel incredibly lucky to have met all the amazing people I am still in touch with from when I was studying there. I would have liked to have spent more time with Chileans than
my American group there, but still had a blast and learned a ton.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend