Program Details

Explore Chile’s recent political and social history, delving into issues of human rights and social justice through the lens of indigenous land rights, education, and community empowerment.
Arica, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Chile has undergone monumental political, economic, and social changes over the past four decades with a recent resurgence in the struggle for social and economic rights. From the program base in Valparaíso—with an extended period in the capital city of Santiago—you will explore how Chileans today are working for a more equitable and inclusive nation. The program will take an in–depth look at education as a human right. You will have the opportunity to study a variety of education models including schools for underprivileged, bilingual, and intercultural populations. You will also learn about indigenous and immigrant populations and their struggle for identity and recognition. You will have educational excursions to Temuco to learn from the Mapuche communities about their cosmovision, struggle for land rights, and educational models to better understand the longstanding challenges faced by Chile’s indigenous people.  Additionally, you will go on an educational excursion to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to do a brief comparative study of Argentina’s history and struggles for social justice and human rights.


  • Explore how Chile’s political and economic history impact their current struggle for social justice and inclusion.
  • Study human rights through the lens of education, investigating different educational models in Chile and in Argentina.
  • Spend time in an indigenous community to experience diverse cultures and lifestyles.
  • Rapidly improve your Spanish through coursework, excursions, and homestays.

This program has been modified with a later in-country start date preceded by one to two weeks online. The online portion will include: program orientation; introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; faculty-led sessions; guest lectures to provide the theoretical frameworks for the course and historical background to the sites and partner organizations; readings; preliminary assignments; and discussions about independent study projects and, if applicable, internship opportunities. We will also have online discussions to debrief sessions and prepare you to join faculty, local team, and peers in country.

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Additional Program Information

3 semesters Spanish; Relevant previous coursework
Scholarships Description:
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