Program Details

This program combines topical seminars and discussions with field-based learning, around the themes of culture identity, social justice, and community development. These themes are divided into modules so that students can contextualize the Chilean realit
Location:
Valparaiso, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Explore Chile’s recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past while struggling to create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society. Chile's return to civilian rule after 17 years of military dictatorship has generated international interest. Efforts to prosecute human rights violations that occurred during former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's rule have met with mixed results. Chile's relative political and economic stability has drawn worldwide attention. Recent elections, economic policies, and the actions of increasingly vocal indigenous groups have fueled further debate about democratic participation, social equity, and multicultural identity.

This program combines topical seminars and discussions with field-based learning, around the themes of culture identity, social justice, and community development. These themes are divided into modules so that students can contextualize the Chilean reality, taking into account historical elements, current realities, and emerging trends. Theoretical perspectives are provided through academic seminars and are reinforced through the Spanish language classes. Subsequently, academic excursions and community work experiences serve to contextualize theories and provide opportunities for critical reflection around programmatic themes. The topic of human rights is intertwined with the programmatic themes of social justice and development as part of an expanded concept of social, economic, political, and cultural rights within Chile.

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:
The program is based in the engaging seaport city of Valparaíso and neighboring Viña del Mar. Local excursions to nearby Isla Negra and Santiago, intensive Spanish courses, field study activities, and a homestay with indigenous families provide a deeper appreciation of the attitudes, behaviors, practices, and values encompassed within the diverse Chilean landscape. Excursions focused on the indigenous Mapuche (southern Chile) and Aymara (northern Chile) communities explore the unique needs of Chile's indigenous populations.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Please see our website for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 10 Reviews

  • People and Memories to be Grateful For!
    5.0
    01/21/20

    Before studying abroad, I had no idea what to expect. I knew very little about Chile or what it would be like to live and study in a country I'd never been to before. That being said, I think this program was the best one I could have chosen for where

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Chile! A new experience!
    5.0
    01/11/20

    The experimental learning offered by SIT gave me a wonderful and rewarding educational experience. The classes and excursions helped me learn about the neoliberal system, non-western perspectives into the social, cultural, and economic situations, and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A great program in an interesting country
    4.0
    01/06/20

    SIT Valparaiso is an interesting program that combines traditional classroom learning with excursions to the north and south and a final independent project/internship that pushes students out of their comfort zone. The emphasis of speaking Spanish means

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Best Experience of my life
    5.0
    09/03/19

    When I look back on my time in Chile, I can think of 3 major things. The first and most important to me was my host family. I cannot describe what they have done for me in making my experience one that I will never forget. I truly believe that I will

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • SIT Chile Review
    5.0
    01/28/19

    My experience with SIT study abroad was life changing. The particular program that I found myself in: Cultural Identity, Community Development, and Social Justice was exactly what I was provided. The professors involved in this program are well educated,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, Community Development
    5.0
    01/27/19

    I loved my semester abroad! The coursework was perfectly manageable. The home stay families were all welcoming and it felt like we were part of the family. My favorite parts were the excursions! Chile is such a beautiful country! I am looking forward

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great overall experience
    4.0
    08/08/17

    This program takes place in an incredibly cool city, with a really accommodating staff and fun and passionate students. The excursions that you go on to the North and South are beautiful and the independent study was a really great time for students to

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A challenge to fully explore your sense of adventure and ability to enjoy
    5.0
    02/18/17

    By my title I mean that this program and experience in Chile is one that if you allow it will challenge you to fully explore your sense of adventure and ability to truly sit and revel in the moments that make up the fullness of life. It allows you to

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An incredibly memorable abroad experience
    5.0
    02/15/17

    This program was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I met such amazing people – host family, program staff, other students, etc. Valparaíso is such a fun and vibrant city, and I had a great time living in the city and learning about Chilean culture

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Surreal Experience
    5.0
    02/15/17

    I would recommend this program to anyone studying a humanity, but especially to those interested in human rights work and social justice movements. This program connects you to some powerful folks in the community, and you create some meaningful connections

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend