SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice & Community Development

Language of Instruction: Spanish
Multiple Locations,
Term: Spring, Fall

Learn about Chilean Cultural Identity, Social Justice and Community Development in a field studies program.

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Please note that this program is not currently being reviewed for spring 2021. Please explore the list of spring 2021 programs that UGE is currently reviewing with campus partners and overseas institutions. You should also actively consider back-up options at Columbia. If you are looking for options for fall 2021 or after, applications for this program will be open for those terms later in the fall semester.


The SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice & Community Development program examines the political history of Chile in a contemporary cultural context. Chile's return to civilian rule after 18 years of military dictatorship has generated international interest. You will gain insights into the forces at play as Chile works to reconcile with its past while moving forward politically, socially, and economically. The engaging seaport city of Valparaíso and serves as a program base. In order to participate, you need to complete through Intermediate Spanish I, or the equivalent, prior to departure.


You will take courses that focus on the following themes:

  • Culture and Society in Contemporary Chile
  • Socioeconomic Development in Chile
  • Spanish
  • Research Methods and Ethics
  • Independent Study Project (ISP)

The ISP gives you the unique opportunity to apply what you have learned over the semester in an independent field based research project supervised by a local adviser.

Program Features

SIT strongly believes in learning through experience and therefore you will participate in several educational excursions to locations such as Santiago, Arica, or Temuco, among others.

Because of the mobile nature of the program, you will live in both homestays as well as in hostels, private homes or small hotels. The homestay in Valparaiso will last for a number of weeks while the homestay in more rural areas are just a few weeks in length in order to get a glimpse into domestic life in both urban and rural areas.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Junior, Senior, Study Abroad
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
3 semesters of language, or equivalent
Multiple Locations,
Latin America and the Caribbean
Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines