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  • Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: CMC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 11/14/2018 02/26/2019 06/10/2019
Fact Sheet:
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Housing: Home Stay Language Pre-Requisites: Spanish 33
Language of Instruction: Spanish CMC GPA Requirement: 9.0 for Fall Study and 8.5 for Spring Study
Program GPA Requirement: Must meet CMC minimum GPA Internships Available: Internships or practicums are not approved. Do not enroll in an internship or practicum.
Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Subjects Offered: Anthropology, Culture, Education, History, Independent Study, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies
On-site semester-long required language course: Spanish Additional Pre-Requisites: Coursework in Area of Study
Program Description:

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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.

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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