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SIT Study Abroad Chile: Comparative Education and Social Change
Study educational policies and pedagogies in Chile and Argentina and explore the relationship between education, society, and diversity in both countries.
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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.
Contact SIT Study Abroad
To apply to this program, you must complete two main steps:
- Submit a UMD approval application - start by clicking “apply now” at the top of this page. This application allows UMD Education Abroad to approve your study abroad program selection so you may earn credit in a program outside of UMD.
This application will require you to meet with your EA advisor, who will communicate important details related to participating in this program. If you do not complete this application by the stated deadline, you may not receive credit for your study abroad program and will lose your student status for the time you are not studying at UMD.
- Apply directly to the program provider. After receiving UMD approval, you should submit the program application directly to the program sponsor by their deadline. Your program sponsor will determine your official acceptance to a program. You must adhere to the provider's timeline, eligibility standards, and application requirements.
After being accepted to your program, your EA advisor will guide you through the course pre-approval process where you will determine which credits you will fulfill abroad.
UMD partners with SIT to offer affiliate program options to UMD students across the globe. You will maintain your UMD student status while abroad and you will work directly with SIT program staff as a participant on their program. Your EA advisor will assist you with this process and can answer questions you may have about the application process.
Academics on an SIT program
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Browse UMD course evaluations in the Study Abroad Course Database:
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
Costs & Billing for an SIT program
The affiliate program costs apply to this program. Once accepted into a program by SIT, you will pay a $400 deposit to SIT directly to confirm your participation. The remaining SIT fees, including housing, will be billed directly to your UMD student account. You will be able to apply any financial aid you receive from UMD towards these charges.
All UMD students studying abroad with SIT are automatically eligible for the $1,500 Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) scholarship. Please see below for additional information about scholarship opportunities.
Scholarships for this program are available through the UMD Education Abroad Scholarship and for up to a maximum of $6,000 in SIT Scholarships & Grants, including need-based awards, and automatic SIT scholarships and awards for UMD students.
- *Guaranteed* $1,500 SIT-UMD scholarship - no application needed. Scholarship will reflect as a discount on the program fee charged to your UMD account.
- SIT Pell Grant Match Award- For students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding for the term of study abroad with SIT, SIT will match this funding amount dollar for dollar and apply this as a discount to your program fee. You must complete the scholarship/financial aid portion of the SIT program application to receive this award. For more information, review the SIT scholarships and financial aid web page.
- $3,000 SIT-UMD scholarships - must submit the UMD Education Abroad Fund form in your program application in MyEA.
- Applies to non-Europe semester-length programs only.
- Students must have a completed FAFSA on file.
- Awards based on financial need. Preference given to students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, specifically first generation college students and minorities.
- Additional SIT scholarships - students with unmet financial need can be considered for additional SIT scholarships. You must complete the scholarship/financial aid portion of the SIT program application to receive this award. For more information, review the SIT scholarships and financial aid web page.