Program Overview

In the Comparative Education and Social Change program you will examine the powerful relationship between education and social change and the ways in which educational politics, strategy, and pedagogy influence society in Chile and Argentina. You will engage in rigorous academic coursework and research on the educational systems in urban and rural areas in Chile and Argentina, and observe first-hand the application of popular education as a tool for social change.

The program consists of three main phases: a five-week homestay in Santiago, a three-week period during which you will study educational systems in Temuco and Buenos Aires, and a four-week period during which you will focus on their Independent Study/Practicum Projects. Each phase of the semester will expose you to different perspectives on education and social change through interactions with a broad range of stakeholders – from students and teachers to policymakers and social activists.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Comparative Education and Social Change

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.
  • Previous college-level coursework in education, Latin American studies, or development studies.

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.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to an SIT program, 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.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fal Semester20194/15/2019Mid AugustEarly December
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Late FebruaryEarly June

Travel Advisories

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