• Chile
    • Valparaíso
    • Santiago
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Anthropology Global Studies Hispanic Studies Latin American Studies Sociology
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
SIT Study Abroad is committed to ensuring that international education is within reach for all students. Our Scholarship awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000 for semester programs and $500 to $3,000 for summer programs, reflect our dedication. Applying for a scholarship is easy: simply express your interest in a scholarship when completing your admissions application and follow the provided instructions.

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What's Included
Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Visa
Apr 23, 2024
Aug 02, 2023
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About Program

Chile has undergone monumental political, economic, and social changes over the past four decades—including transitioning away from a 17-year dictatorship. Studying in Chile, you will explore how Chileans today are building a more equitable and inclusive nation and you will become part of a larger intercultural movement yourself. You’ll witness the struggle for justice and reconciliation related to the military regime’s human rights violations, and you will have the opportunity to complete an internship or conduct independent research.

During your excursions, you will spend two weeks with Mapuche and Aymara communities to understand the longstanding challenges Chile’s indigenous peoples face. In addition, you’ll work on a community project with an NGO and learn about the development strategies local communities are using to confront their unique challenges.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Program Highlights

  • Explore how Chile’s political and social history impact cultural identity.
  • Spend two weeks with Mapuche and Aymara indigenous communities.
  • Rapidly improve your Spanish through coursework, excursions, and homestays.
  • Work on a community project with an NGO in Valparaíso.

Program Reviews

4.88 Rating
based on 16 reviews
  • 5 rating 87.5%
  • 4 rating 12.5%
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  • Academics 4.1
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.25
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Yes, I recommend this program

My Spring 2023 SIT Valpo Experience

My favorite things about this program were the location in Valparaiso and the week-long excursions we did in both the northern and southern regions of Chile. The opportunity to spend time with and learn from the Aymara people in the north of Chile and the Mapuche people in the south of Chile was what initially drew me to this program over other programs in South America. I believe that there is room for improvement in the structure of some of the classes and the administration of the program, but overall I had a great experience.

  • Northern and southern excursions
  • Spanish classes
  • Location in Valparaiso
23 people found this review helpful.
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La Perla del Pacífico

I had a wonderful time! Valpo and Viña are beautiful cities with a lot to do. There are museums, nightclubs, artisan bars, national parks, and even the National Congress.

The SIT team is responsive, patient, and compassionate. I needed medical attention two separate times and each time, each team member checked on me multiple times and helped me navigate the local medical system. I'm also a celiac and finding gluten-free food was hard - but when we traveled, the team always had food I could eat and I could tell that lots of attention and detail had been given to our accommodations and itinerary.

This is an excellent program for folks who are looking to practice Spanish in a safe environment, explore and develop their academic skills in a different language, and conduct research. My host families are wonderful and I'm still in contact with them. Take advantage of whatever you can!!

  • SIT Team
  • Host Families
  • Opportunities to have support and be independent
  • The repetitive content of the lectures
  • Navigating the (occasionally unreliable) bus system
55 people found this review helpful.
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People and Memories to be Grateful For!

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 I was. It gave me the knowledge I needed to be aware, the support system I needed to feel comfortable, and the uncertainty I needed to be more empathetic. Experiential learning is a big part of this program's academic approach, and it made the experience of learning that much more memorable and meaningful for me. I know that the friends, lessons, and memories that I took away from this program will stay with me long into the future.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have taken more advantage of the time I had there and not put off the things I wanted to do until later. The end of the semester went by like a blur with all of our final assignments and presentations, so I would've done my best to do all of my last trips and activities before then.
77 people found this review helpful.
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A new and amazing time!

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 indigenous communities. I learned about the unity and power of the people to resist oppression in the country and the fight for equality and justice. was able to go out of the country for the first time and learn so much more about Chile. I feel like I really learned about myself and was able to get a non-western perspective of life and social conflicts. I'm so grateful for this opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
More interactions with local students in the city.
70 people found this review helpful.
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Finding confidence and building meaningful relationships!

The educational experience with SIT is so special and unique! I loved learning through experiences and field work. The last month is set apart for internships or independent research projects. I loved stepping outside my normal learning setting (a university) and taking more responsibility for what I was learning and how my Spanish was progressing. My host family was also so precious and a perfect fit! Valparaíso is also so special, living next to the ocean was amazing! If you are Christian, there are lots of great options for churches and Christian community- check out Union Church in Viña Del Mar if you choose this program!

What was your funniest moment?
I accidentally ate another man’s empanada off his plate! At “once”, which is the Chilean meal eaten in the evening, assorted breads, cheese, meat, avocado, and spreads are set out. I didn’t realize the little cheese empanadas were for him in particular so I ate one! He forgave me and we laughed about it :)
70 people found this review helpful.
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A worthy program even under extenuating circumstances

SIT Valparaiso is a great program for those who wish to emerge themselves in learning Spanish and value independence. The first month of the program involved many hours of class time that provide a good foundation of the history of Chile that also combined field trips that were very educational. The excursions of this program are a huge highlight as they expose you to the diversity of lives in Chile, as well as the different geography and climate. The final part of the program, which is either an internship or independent study, is a great way to apply the skills learned in the program and the month SIT gives you is plenty of time to complete the assignment without stress.

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the orientation to be more practical, for example including a walking tour of the city or more information about taking the bus/metro.
72 people found this review helpful.
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My life would not be the same without this experience

My experience was so unique because I feel like I did a program that was very different than the rest of the programs my friends or fellow students had done. As well as the choice to study in Chile. Not many students choose to study in Chile and this is what makes this program so unique. The academics were difficult in my program, but the support from my professors and directors is what pushed me to improve my Spanish tremendously. I went from speaking some beginner level Spanish to an advanced level. Some things that differentiated this program from others in Chile was the fact that I traveled and did excursions with my program. We went on two, two week excursions and then usually had an excursion during the week. During the two, two week excursions we traveled up north and then down south to learn and study the indigenous people of Chile. The aymara and the mapuche people. I learned to much from them that textbooks or online articles could have never taught me. It was nice to have hands on learning and not textbook learning. A lot of my friends who went abroad went to the UK. I've heard from them that their school work and academic rigor was easy and that they rarely had school. If you are looking to slack in school and not take it seriously this program is not for you! For instance, in my program I was never late, never missed a day of school and always had homework. I also was never not speaking Spanish. I don't regret my decision at all because everything you do in the program is to help you. Especially, to prepare you for the end of the program, the ISP and internship section. I highly recommend doing the ISP, it helped me gain a lot of self confidence in my self and in my Spanish speaking abilities and research a topic that I am interested in. I wish I could relive my study abroad experience. This program is truly life changing.

What would you improve about this program?
This program could improve on their organization some things were not organized that well. On another note, I loved my home stay family, but I did not like how old they were...I was jealous of all the students in the program who had host brothers and sisters. I recommend coming into this program with a high level of Spanish. I came in the program with a small amount and I did not practice over the summer and the academics and language was super overwhelming and difficult for me!
85 people found this review helpful.
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The Chilean Lifestyle

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is hoping to improve their Spanish, immerse themselves in the chilean culture, and experience a lifestyle very different than that of the US. One of my favorite parts of my time in Chile was living with my host family and learning how to live the chilean lifestyle as if I was a native. I was stretched in the best way; life in Chile teaches you to slow down, it gives you the opportunity to listen to the experiences of others, to learn from those so familiar to this land, and to humble yourself by asking for help when you don't understand the public transportation system. The program takes you on an experience that forces you to grow, learn, and leave your comfort zone for the better. It was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to go back to this country and visit my chilean family once again.

What would you improve about this program?
I suggest giving more mobility to travel throughout Chile.
87 people found this review helpful.

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