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SIT Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
Valparaiso, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: F&M applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
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Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 08/01/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 12/01/2020 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of F&M approval for this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay, Other Term: Fall, Spring
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SIT Language Pre-Requisite: 3 semesters
Program Advisor: Dean Ali Janicek Area of Study: Anthropology, Government, History, International Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Women's & Gender Studies
Program Type: Field Study, Study Center
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Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

Explore Chile’s recent political and social history and discover how Chileans are working to reconcile with the past and create a more equitable and culturally inclusive society.

Program Highlights

  • Explore how Chileans today are using social, cultural, and political means to achieve representation, communication, and identification.
  • Examine the challenges facing Chile’s indigenous peoples.
  • Work on a community project with an NGO in Valparaiso.
  • Rapidly improve your Spanish.
  • Develop on-the-job skills with an internship or conduct independent research during the final four weeks of the semester.
  • Witness the debate between truth and justice and reconciliation in the context of the human rights violations during the Pinochet regime.

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

During the final four weeks of the program, you can choose to use your new language and cultural skills and the academic knowledge you have acquired to complete an Independent Study Project (ISP) on a topic of interest to you.  You may pursue research that produces a non-traditional ISP, such as a photography exhibit, a video, or another digital or creative platform. Conducted in Valparaíso or in another approved location, the ISP offers you the opportunity to conduct field research under the guidance of an advisor.

Sample Topics:

  • Memory and political violence
  • Social movements
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Indigenous beliefs and culture
  • Migration and ethnic minorities
  • Conflicts, political parties and processes
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.

Sample Internship sites:
 
  • Strengthening vulnerable populations through art, sports, and respect for diversity at School Laguna Verde, a primary school in rural Valparaiso
  • Working on political and international issues at think tank Libertad Institute
  • Promoting on Chilean students’ mobility and study abroad opportunities with Universidad de Valparaíso International Relations
  • Working on human rights issues within vulnerable communities at INCITA Corporation
  • Providing advocacy, education, and support for people living with HIV/AIDS at ACCIONGAY
  • Supporting indigenous populations through methods based on Mapuche cultural practices at Guacolda, an intercultural high school in Chol Chol

Key Topics of Study

  • Chile’s “successful” economic model, development, and social inequalities
  • Community responses to Chile’s socioeconomic changes
  • The Pinochet regime, human rights violations, and Chilean history 
  • Truth, justice, and reconciliation  
  • Current civil socies) 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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Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.



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