SIT Chile: Comparative Education & Social Change
95% Rating
(4 Reviews)

SIT Chile: Comparative Education & Social Change

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

Major topics of study include:

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

You can choose to complete an internship during the last four weeks of this program. For this internship, you will be placed with a local organization where you will gain real work experience related to the program’s theme and develop professional skills you can use in your career.

Locations
South America » Chile » Santiago
South America » Chile
South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires
South America » Argentina
Program Type
Provider
Subject Areas
Global Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts
Philosophy
Sociology
Degree Level
Bachelors
Timeframe
Fall
Spring
Accommodation
Host Family
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Starting Price
$0.00
Currency
USD
Other Locations
Santiago

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Academics
    90%
  • Support
    93%
  • Fun
    98%
  • Housing
    95%
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Program Reviews (4)

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Fiona
Female
21 years old
United States
Yale University

Amazing academic and personal growth!

9/10

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!

Overall, this program facilitated an amazing study abroad experience for me. Chile is a beautiful country with so much to explore, and I met so many wonderful people who shaped my experience and influenced the person I am today. I had to acknowledge that I was just scraping the tip of the iceberg with how much I had to learn (and still have left to learn) about the country’s past and present, but this program helped me learn and grow in countless ways and I am very grateful for that!

How can this program be improved?

I think we could have benefitted from more structured opportunities to reflect on our emotional and psychological growth throughout the program. The staff did have us reflect on the academic content of our program occasionally, but we also had a lot of intense new experiences (human rights tours, political demonstrations) that I think would have been worth reflecting on as a group.

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Morgan
Female
25 years old
United States
Bowdoin College

Incredibly immersive, authentic and fun program!

10/10

I participated in this program in the Spring of 2013 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made! SIT Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change was incredibly immersive. I came into it just average at Spanish, and left feeling extremely confident in my speaking availability and very close to fluent. The design of the program is structured so every day is different and you are constantly seeing new schools, speaking to students of all ages and seeing how different the education system can be in different areas of Chile. The group was small which made it feel that much more authentic, and the support by the director and our professors was very strong and they were always available by phone or email. I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in education and wanting to have a very authentic and local experience in Santiago!

How can this program be improved?

The staff of SIT Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change were all great and incredibly supportive, but most of them did not speak much or any English, so at first it was a bit hard to communicate! I think this ended up being a good thing because it encourages you to speak Spanish, but it was a bit intimidating at first!

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Antonia
Female
23 years old
Newton
University of Vermont

Life in the City

9/10

I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to have a study abroad experience in a city that is full of life. I felt that I learned a extensive amount about Chile during a interesting time to be the politically. I am still very connected to many of the Chileans I met there as well a some people in my American group. I highly recommend this program if you are interested in the topic of education. There is also the opportunity to explore more rural areas in Chile as well as Buenos Aires Argentina. The variety within the program was exciting.

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Mariel
Female
24 years old
United States
Occidental College

Journey in Chile

10/10

I stepped off the plan with tons of emotions and quickly felt comforted by the warm smiles on the Staff's faces. This was just the beginning of their kindness and support. I loved the character of this city. Although the neighborhoods were distinct from one another, together this city was inviting and peaceful. Together we accomplished so much and each day we took away another lovely memory. One of the highlights of my trip was my home stay. I had the most wonderful home stay experienced I could have imagined. I could barely hold a conversation in Spanish with my host mother for the first week but she was extremely patient and kind to me. We formed a strong relationship, something that I did not expect at my level of Spanish. Even with all of these wonderful parts and the continuos excitement, there were many moments where I wanted to connect and speak fluently with my host family or new friends and I felt limited. I had to stop worrying about messing up and go with it and this was a lesson for me in many ways.

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SIT has been providing immersive, field-based study abroad programs for undergraduates for more than 50 years. SIT offers more than 70 programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. In addition to

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