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Chile: Comparative Education & Social Change

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Sponsor: School for International Training (SIT)

Location: Santiago, Chile


Students take field-based, experiential program courses, along with intensive language courses and complete an independent study project or internship. Through these courses students have opportunity to engage in rigorous academic coursework and research on educational systems in urban and rural areas of Chile and Argentina. They will spend time in a variety of schools, gaining insight on the workings of public, private, voucher, underprivileged, coed, and single-sex institutions. Throughout, they will consider the application of popular education as a tool for social change. Classes are taught in Spanish and a background in education, Latin American studies, or development studies is required.

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 a Northwestern 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 2017: $25,210

Billed by Northwestern: $22,675

Estimated additional costs: $2,535

  • Airfare: $735
  • Local travel: $225
  • Books & supplies: $75
  • Personal expenses: $1,150
  • Visa: $200
  • GeoBlue: $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.

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