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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice & Community Development

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Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Location: Valparaiso, Chile


Students take field-based, experiential program courses, along with intensive language courses and complete an independent study project. Through these courses, excursions, and a homestay with indigenous families, students explore Chile's recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past while struggling to create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society. Classes are taught in Spanish.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Spanish majors and minors must discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an SIT application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

1.5 years or the equivalent of recent Spanish and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.


Urban and rural homestays, hostels, and hotels
Meals included

Program Costs: 

Fall 2016: $26,300

Billed by Northwestern: $22,870

Estimated additional costs: $3,430

  • Airfare: $730
  • Local travel: $125
  • Books & supplies: $75
  • Personal expenses: $2,150
  • Visa: $200
  • HTH: $150

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid for study abroad is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Schedule an Appointment

  • Schedule with Sara McGuinn for advising appointments before January 3rd

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