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SIT Study Abroad Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
Arica, Chile (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
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Spring 2019 05/01/2018
Rolling Admission 02/26/2019 06/10/2019
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
Rolling Admission 08/27/2019 12/09/2019

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

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Program Adviser:
Amy Suelzer
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SIT Pell Grant Scholarships, SIT Scholarships
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Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad Chile
Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
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  Gain unique insight and exposure to health care policies, politics, and delivery methods in a multicultural and rapidly changing region of South America.Central to the program is an analysis of health reform intended primarily to improve health conditions of disadvantaged groups, particularly those in Chile, while also improving health care access for the population at large.
Students carefully examine intercultural health and alternative healthcare practices in the context of Chile as well as southern Peru. Students consider different conceptions of wellness and healing, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous groups. The program gives students the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers.
Learning is conducted through thematic lectures, field study, and educational excursions, which challenge students to consider topics such as: 
  • Chile's national and indigenous health systems
  • Economic, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning and practices
  • Alternative treatments of psychiatric and other mental health issues
  • Healing and spiritual beliefs
  • Health of women, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly
  • Public health and community empowerment
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA. Major or minor in WU department that approves program. Additionally, students must satisfy SIT’s language and/or content area preparation requirements.

Program Dates:
Term Application Deadline
Fall February 1
Spring May 1
Please See SIT website for program dates
  Approved Departments:

International & Area Studies
Latin American Studies

Coursework: Students typically earn 16 WU credits (6 for the core seminar, 4 for the independent study project, 2 for the field study seminar and 4 for language study. Language study on SIT programs is awarded general WU credit or, with the language department's approval, elective credit for the major or minor).
  Arica, Chile
The program is based in the beautiful city of Arica located on Chile's northern coast. Arica is home to Universidad de Tarapacá, which contains the most extensive and complete library in the north of Chile and is where the program's classes are held.  Many of the program's lecturers are drawn from the University's faculty, and students enjoy access to the University's facilities, including its sports facilities.
  Housing: Students in the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program experience an eight-week homestay with carefully selected families in an urban area of Arica. Host families warmly welcome students into their homes and help them become further immersed in Chilean culture and society. The homestay provides students with an excellent opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills by sharing daily conversions and activities with host family members. Host families come from different social and cultural backgrounds. It is customary for students to enjoy breakfast and lunch with their host family. On weekends, students may enjoy sharing family activities together, which could include birthday and anniversary celebrations.

It may be possible for students to live with an indigenous host family in Putre or Temuco, depending on the student’s ISP topic, during the Independent Study Project period.

Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

Excursions: Excursions to the nearby city of Putre, across the border to Tacna, Peru, and to Temuco (in southern Chile) help students better understand health policy issues within different indigenous contexts.  The program is designed to provide future professional health practitioners, policymakers, social activists, and others with an essential understanding of Latin American cultures within the health services field.

On-Site Support: SIT Study Abroad Support

  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.

Scholarships: SIT Scholarships
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.

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