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  • Locations: Arica, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
02/25/2020 06/08/2020
Fall 2020 03/02/2020
09/14/2020 12/22/2020

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted by: School for International Training

Academic Focus:
Global Health, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Anthropology

This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: late August to mid-December
Spring: late February to June

Eligibility Requirements:
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing; 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or its equivalent (SPAN 202).  Previous college-level coursework in public and/or global health, development studies, anthropology, community and/or social sciences, or other related fields.

Program Information: 
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:
* The economic, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning and practices in Chile
* Questions of social exclusion in relation to public health outreach
* Chile's Indigenous Health System
* Alternative treatments of psychiatric and other mental health issues
* The connection between healing and spiritual beliefs
* Health of women, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly
* Issues of access related to alternative methods of health treatment
* Linkages between public health and community empowerment
* Chile's national health system compared to private health systems

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 the library and sports facilities.  Excursions to the nearby city of Putre; across the border to Tacna, Peru; and to Temuco (in southern Chile) help students better understand health policies and 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.

The courses include:
Public Health in Chile (GHCS 300R)
Traditional Medicine and Community Health (GHCS 300R)
Public Health Research Methods and Ethics(GHCS 390)
Independent Study Project (GHCS 390) or Internship and Seminar
Intensive Language Study: Spanish for the Health Sciences (SPAN 210)

Credit and Grade Translation - SIT Chile

Detailed course information is available online at:

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this blanket approved list: Blanket Approval List.

*PLEASE NOTE: Courses in this program with the Emory equivalent of SPAN 210 cannot be used to fill a HAL requirement and do not count for either the Spanish major or minor.

Living Arrangements:
Students experience an eight-week home stay 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 home stay provides students with an excellent opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills by sharing daily conversions and activities with host family members.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet (Fall, Spring).

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Scholarship, Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), NSEP Boren Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.

Kate Dawson, Study Abroad Assistant Director,
Peter Brown, Anthropology and Global Health,

This program is currently not accepting applications.