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.
- 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
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
A NOTE ABOUT PASSPORTS AND VISAS:
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
It is strongly recommended that students have in their possession by the application deadline a valid passport with an expiration date no earlier than 6 months after the program end date. Due to visa regulations, students should consult their Study Abroad Advisor before making international travel plans prior to the program start date. Students accepted into this program will need to travel to a Spanish consulate here in the United States, with passport in hand, to obtain a visa permitting them to study in Spain.
NOTE About Language Placement Tests:
If you are not taking Spanish at UNC but believe you have the equivalency required, please take the free UNC online language test (this is not the language placement test that you may have already taken). Send your name, PID, and email to Elizabeth Bruno (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will add you to Sakai where the test is set. You will then take the test at any time and will have 40 minutes in which to complete the test. Once you have completed the assessment test, send him the link to the Study Abroad language assessment form and he will complete that based on your results.