SIT Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, fieldwork, and independent study; courses are taught in Spanish. Students earn four Scripps courses. On-site orientation and educational fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Jennifer Wood
  • Fields of study: Hispanic Studies, Social Sciences, Independent Study on program topics (e.g., memory and political violence, migration and ethnic minorities, social class)
  • Eligibility: 7.5 cumulative GPA; completion of Spanish 44 or higher; college-level coursework in the social sciences, sociology, anthropology, gender, and/or cultural studies and ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.
  • Number of program participants: 15-30 students from other liberal arts colleges in the US.

Living Arrangements

Students live for seven weeks with a Chilean host family located either in the city of Valparaíso or Viña del Mar; students also spend almost two weeks living with a Mapuche family in the southern region of the country.

Term Dates

  • Fall: late August through early December
  • Spring: late February through early June


  • Advising Tips: This program requires a faculty reference. Faculty referees may use the Scripps form or the student can provide a link to the online reference form. An additional language evaluation is only required if the student's average Spanish is less than a B.
  • Visa Information: All students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the program’s end date to study in another country. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. Students may need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated. SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program. The SIT admissions counselor can answer passport and visa-related questions and concerns. Non-US citizens should consult with SIT early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin. SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Valparaiso and Los Angeles.
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