The Republic of Chile is a long and narrow country, bordered on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific. Santiago, 60 miles from the coast and the fifth largest city in South America, is home to over five million inhabitants. This capital city is both modern and dynamic, dominating the political, economic, and cultural life of the country. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains permits many outdoor pursuits such as hiking, skiing, camping, river-rafting, and horseback riding.
School for International Training (SIT): Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
The SIT Study Abroad Chile: Public Health and Community Welfare program offers students unique insight and exposure to healthcare politics in a multicultural and rapidly changing region of South America. This program, which looks at the impact of migration and demographic shifts on the cultural composition of Chilean society, will provide future professional health practitioners, policy makers and social activists with an essential understanding of Latin American cultures within the health services field.
Based in Chile’s northern-most city of Arica, and including excursions to Tacna, Peru and the Mapuche territory in the southern part of the country, this program offers numerous opportunities for engagement and interaction with faculty members at the Universidad de Tarapacá, medical health professionals, local and national government health officials, urban and rural residents, herbalists, intercultural medicine practitioners, and local university students in both urban and rural settings. These interactions will allow students to develop a comprehensive, up-close understanding of health and community welfare.
Program Dates: Semester Only; Fall (late August to late December) or Spring (January to June).
Eligibility: 2.5 GPA; Previous college-level coursework in public health, development studies, or other related fields; completion of two semesters of Spanish at Tulane, including SPAN 204 or higher, within the year prior to the start of the program with a B average or higher.
Academic Program: The courses offered on this field-based program consist of Intensive Spanish (4 credit hours); Public Health & Community Welfare Seminar (4 credit hours); Field Study Seminar (2 credit hours); Independent Study Project (ISP), (4 credit hours). Complete course syllabi are available on the SIT World Learning web site. The program begins with intensive language instruction and ends with the Independent Study Project (ISP).
The ISP is conducted in Arica, Temuco, Nueva Imperial or,with program approval, in other areas of Chile. Students can choose to conduct an Independent Study Project or to participate in a guided, month-long practicum. Sample topic areas: the health situation of adolescent mothers and their offspring; psychiatric illness and community outreach; geriatrics; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; intercultural health; Chilean AIDS policy; health literacy; health policy issues in access; pre- and post-natal care. The ISP is supervised and evaluated by SIT faculty.
Students must submit a copy of their ISP to the OSA no later than four weeks following the completion of the semester in Chile.
To receive Public Service credit for the ISP component of this program, should consult the Center for Public Service for more details before departure.
There is no Pass/Fail (S/U) option for this program. Tulane awards up to 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.
Living Arrangements: Varied throughout the program, housing arrangements include homestay: Eight weeks in Arica and ten days in the rural area of Nueva Imperial/Temuco. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels. All arrangements are made by SIT.
Web links: www.sit.edu/studyabroad/ssa_cih.htm
CIEE Study Center
Located at the foot of the Andes mountain range, Santiago possesses a Mediterranean climate. With a population of four million people, this capital city is Chile's political, economic and cultural center. Modern and bustling with European-style public transportation, it contrasts sharply with many of the towns farther outside of the capital. Chile’s relatively recent return to democracy and the legacy of Pinochet, as well as the ongoing efforts to maintain the nation’s successful economic status remain significant issues for Santiagueños.
The Latin American Studies Program in Santiago is designed for advanced students of Spanish and fully integrates participants into university life. Students select courses at the country’s two foremost universities, the Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. CIEE assists students interested in public service and volunteer opportunities with local organizations.
Program Dates: Academic Year, Fall (mid-July to mid-December) or Spring semester (mid-February to mid-July)
Fields of Study: Spanish language, Latin American and Spanish literature, art, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, chemistry, economics, geology, history, journalism, law, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, theater, theology, urban studies, women’s studies.
Eligibility: 2.75 GPA; Completion of six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including two semesters of Spanish at Tulane with a grade of B or better during the year before departure. Completion of coursework with Latin American content highly recommended.
Academic Program: The program begins with the required CIEE course, Contemporary Chile. Following this course, students take an exam to determine whether they will continue with formal Spanish language study throughout the semester.
During the semester students will typically take one of two programs: a Spanish language course plus three university courses or four university courses. CIEE also offers three optional elective courses taught in Spanish for students on the program: Poverty and Development in Chile and Latin America: Theory and Practice; Historical Memory and Human Rights in 20th Century Chile; and Historical Perspectives of Chile. The Poverty and Development course contains a service-learning component that fulfils the advanced Public Service graduation requirement at Tulane.
The program also includes visits to historical and cultural sites of Santiago and excursions to places of interest in Chile.
Tulane awards 500-level elective credit for coursework completed.
Living Arrangements: Students live and take their meals in homestays with Chilean families arranged by CIEE.
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CIEE Study Center
Valparaíso and its twin city of Viña del Mar are on the Pacific coast, just two hours by bus from Santiago. Valparaíso is a port city, housing the Chilean Congress, and Viña del Mar is a modern resort city with shops, beaches, and recreational facilities as well as residential housing. The two cities each consist of 600,000 inhabitants, of which more than 60,000 are university students.
Founded in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is consistently ranked among the top regional universities in Chile. In 2003, the University received its designation as a “Pontificia,” a distinction given to prestigious Catholic universities and bestowed only by the Vatican. The campuses of the University spread across different neighborhoods in both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, and offer more than 50 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate degrees. Of the nearly 13,000 university students at PUCV, only 3% are international students, allowing CIEE participants a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chilean higher education system.
The CIEE Study Center in Valparaíso began welcoming participants in 1997. The program is intended for students who have at least six semesters of college-level Spanish and desire a program that permits direct enrollment with Chilean university students. Given the array of disciplines and courses available to participants in Valparaíso, the program is suitable for undergraduate students with strong Spanish language skills from a variety of majors.
Academic Year, Fall (Mid-July to Mid-December) or Spring (Mid-February to Early-July).
Fields of Study
Latin American Studies, full range of university course offerings in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
2.75 GPA; Completion of six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including two semesters of Spanish at Tulane with a grade of B or better during the year before departure. Coursework in Latin American Studies recommended.
All students are required to enroll in one of the two CIEE area courses: Chilean and Latin American Identity: The Challenges of Globalization or Contemporary Hispano-American Short Stories. In addition, students enroll in three or four courses offered at PUCV. An optional language course is available for students wishing to strengthen their Spanish language skills.
CIEE students who take the semester language course can take no more than two 2-credit university courses; those who are not taking the semester language course can take no more than three 2-credit university courses. Academic year students are not required to take a CIEE course during their second semester. Continuing students from the CIEE Study Center in Santiago must take one of the CIEE courses during their semester in Valparaíso.
Tulane awards credit at the 500-level for this program.
Students live and take their meals in homestays with Chilean families arranged by CIEE.
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