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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 1000 level Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: Homestay, Hotel, With program group Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Field Study/ Experiential, Internship, Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: Program Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Liz Wellbeloved Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Education, Foreign Affairs, Global Studies, History, Independent Study, Internship, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Women, Gender & Sexuality
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change

NOTE: SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, SIT may have to modify programs. Visit the SIT website for more details.

Study educational policies and pedagogies in Chile and Argentina and explore the relationship between education, society, and diversity in both countries.

Program Highlights

  • Research education in urban and rural areas of Chile and Argentina.
  • Consider popular education as a tool for social change.
  • Live with host families in Santiago while you attend lectures, seminars, and field studies.
  • Immerse yourself in Spanish.
  • Compare regional and national differences in educational systems.
  • Compare different systems of education and social change.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study Project

You have the option to spend the final four weeks of the program on an Independent Study Project (ISP). This gives you the opportunity to critically analyze a topic or situation related to the educational and social dynamics in Chilean, Mapuche, or Argentine communities. You will receive guidance from the academic director during the ISP period.

Sample Topics:
 
  • Identity issues and intercultural education in rural Mapuche schools
  • Education and cultural identity through children’s arts
  • Structural aspects of education
  • English language practicum in a primary urban or rural school 
  • The Penguin Revolution and its effects
  • School reentry in Buenos Aires
  • Ethnicity in childcare in marginalized areas of Santiago and Buenos Aires 

SIT internships are hands on and reflective. In addition to completing the internship, you will submit a paper processing your learning experience on the job and analyzing an issue important to the organization you worked with, and/or you will design a socially responsible solution to a problem identified by the organization.

SIT partner institutions in Chile and Argentina are well-known in the fields of education, politics, and economics. They include social and community organizations, teachers’ unions, universities, schools, and others. 

Sample internship sites:
 
  • Supporting school administration, students’ movements, gender studies, public health, and human rights at a public school in Buenos Aires, a public school in the Municipal Department of Education in Santiago, or a private school in Fundación Súmate
  • Learning pedagogy, school administration, and the relationships between school and community at a public school in Valparaíso
  • Providing intercultural bilingual education and promoting intercultural health at a private school in Chol Chol or a public school in Chapod, both in Mapuche territory
  • Supporting human rights and historical memory at Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos
  • Focusing on economy, social welfare, and industrialization of natural resources at Cenda, an alternative development study center
  • Training, teaching, and learning educational demands at Colegio de Profesores de Chile, a teachers’ union
  • Assisting university administration and learning the demands of higher education at Alberto Hurtado University

Key Topics of Study

  • Chilean educational system and the country’s current education crisis
  • Regional and national differences in educational systems
  • Popular, intercultural, and bilingual education
  • Role of ethnicity and diversity in educational practices
  • Educational policies, equity, gender, and human rights 

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

All educational costs, including educational excursions

  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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SIT ChileCultEducation and Social Change

Current Program Information


As migration and demographic shifts are changing the cultural composition of US society and schools, it is imperative that tomorrow's educators, policy makers and social activists gain an understanding of Hispanic cultures and the role of education in promoting social change. Based in the self-declared international educational capital of Santiago, Chile with an extended excursion to Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as Southern Chile, these two nations provide an ideal window upon which to view how educational politics, approaches and strategies influence, and are influenced by, society. Both countries have long been renowned for their high educational levels, sustained governmental engagement in educational policymaking and implementation and solid cadre of committed educators and intellectuals, albeit they have each pursued different policy approaches towards education in recent decades. Various types of innovative approaches to educational delivery have been the hallmark of both nations' school systems and non-formal instructional networks, ranging the gamut from privatization to popular educational programs of various types.

These days, the forces of globalization, on the one hand, and local and ethnic voices, on the other, are presenting new challenges, especially in regards to meeting the needs of marginal and/or disenfranchised sectors of the population. The Spring 2006 massive wave of protests in Chile regarding the nation's educational system unexpectedly mobilized nearly a million people, underscoring the importance of education for the Chilean populace as well as the controversy surrounding educational funding, content and delivery. During the course of the program, participants will learn more about the issues and passions surrounding education and engage in topics such as education and equity, popular education, intercultural education, and education and human rights. Extended visits to Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Mapuche community in Southern Chile provide opportunities to compare differing educational policies and approaches. Engagement at local primary and secondary schools shed light on the actual educational realities for the nations' citizens.