University of Oregon

SIT: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development in Valparaíso

Program Overview

In this program you will examine the political history of Chile in a contemporary cultural context. You will gain insights into the forces at play as Chile works to reconcile with its past while moving forward politically, socially, and economically.

Chile’s return to civilian rule after 18 years of military dictatorship has generated international interest. Recent efforts to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet have spurred worldwide debate on human rights and social justice, while economic policies and the actions of increasingly vocal indigenous groups fuel further debate.

The engaging seaport city of Valparaíso and neighboring Viña del Mar serve as program bases. Excursions to nearby Santiago, intensive field study, and a homestay with indigenous families will provide  you with a deeper appreciation of the attitudes, behaviors, practices, and values encompassed within the diverse Chilean landscape.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development 

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, we strongly advise you to meet with a program coordinator prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. Applicants should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts:

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

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

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/15/2017Late AugustMid-December
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Late FebruaryEarly June

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.