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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 16 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework in education, Latin American studies, or development studies
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Cultural Anthropology, History, International Comparative Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies
Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

Chile is currently on Duke's Restricted Regions List - students who wish to attend this program must submit a petition with Duke's Global Travel Advisory Committee, seeking permission to study in a location on the Restricted Regions list:

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Examine the powerful relationship between education and social change. Consider the ways in which educational politics, strategy, and pedagogy influence society in Chile and Argentina.

Students 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 offers students the opportunity to interact with prominent academics, policy makers, activists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to gain a panoramic understanding of the forces affecting Chile and Argentina's educational policies. Students also observe the intercultural dynamics between the Chilean government and the Mapuche, the country's largest indigenous group, and participate in homestays with families in Santiago, the Mapuche region, and Buenos Aires. Intensive Spanish language study and educational excursions throughout the semester improve students' communication and field study skills while also immersing them in the rich cultures of Chile and Argentina.