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Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment

Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment

Gain unique insight into healthcare policies, politics, and delivery within the Chilean context, with a special emphasis on indigenous peoples and traditional medicine practices.

This program examines public health within the context of both official national healthcare policies and intercultural and alternative healing practices in urban and rural Chile. You will consider different conceptions of health, disease, and wellness, including beliefs and health practices of the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous peoples. The program will give you the opportunity to experience Chile's health system firsthand with guided, insightful visits to public and private health centers, as well as direct dialogues with biomedical and ethnomedical practitioners.

Major topics of study include:

  • Chile's national and indigenous healthcare systems
  • The specific health needs and practices of indigenous populations
  • Social, economic, political, structural, and ideological determinants of public health planning, practices, and outcomes
  • Diversity of healing and spiritual beliefs
  • Health of women, children, teenagers, the elderly, and other potentially vulnerable populations
  • Public health, community participation, and community empowerment 

Based in Chile's northernmost city of Arica, the Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program gives you the opportunity to examine theoretical and existing approaches to healthcare delivery in diverse communities across Chile, including urban and rural areas, with a notable focus on national indigenous populations. Through interdisciplinary coursework, field study, and meaningful site visits to government public health centers and community-driven health delivery systems, you will scrutinize both "modern" and traditional medicine practices and delivery methods.

Gaining global perspectives from Arica

health center in Arica, Chile

From the program base in Arica, you will enjoy excellent access to urban and rural health centers and hospitals, learning from academics, practitioners, and community experts in both Arica and the greater region. Arica is historically home to a multitude of ethnic communities including, first and foremost, indigenous peoples, but also including groups of African descent, and a wide array of immigrant populations from throughout Latin America and the world. You will discover that despite these communities’ shared locality, extraordinary differences and differentials in cultural worldviews, health practices, and equal and equitable access to health services continue to exist.

Given Arica’s strategic location on the borders of Peru and Bolivia, you will be able to examine healthcare from unique international perspectives. You will learn about cross-border issues and initiatives concerning health policy on topics including primary healthcare and infectious disease management (for example, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis). 

Exposure to multiple sources of knowledge

On this program, you will learn from and engage with:

  • Faculty members at the Universidad de Tarapacá
  • Medical health professionals
  • National and local government health officials and policy makers
  • Intercultural medicine practitioners
  • Communities and health centers where traditional medicine is practiced
  • Local university students in both urban and rural settings

Close interaction with academic, professional, and community experts allows you to develop a comprehensive, up-close understanding of health and community welfare in the Chilean context.

Public Health Research Methods and Ethics

indigenous medicine

Through the program's Public Health Research Methods and Ethics course, you will receive instruction in research methods in both the social and health sciences. You will learn how to collect, analyze, integrate, and report social and public health data to understand and assess public health and intercultural issues. Field studies may include designing a research project, writing a research proposal, interviewing, conducting surveys, and maintaining a field journal.

Specific public health field study methods could include concepts and objectives of scientific research, basic techniques used in public health research, data collection and analysis, epidemiology and considerations in the Chilean context, ethical issues related to public health projects and research, and the World Learning / SIT Human Subjects Review Policy. Through this course, you will frequently observe and participate in community health projects. The course also serves as an introduction to the Independent Study Project. 

Independent Study Project

Potentially conducted in Arica, Putre, Temuco, Santiago, Valparaíso, or other appropriate and approved locations in Chile, the Independent Study Project offers you the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of your choice within the program’s thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. You may choose to incorporate a guided practicum experience into the project as well.

In the past, representative topic areas have included:

  • Indigenous health practices
  • Traditional and intercultural health
  • Chilean health policy
  • Women’s and children’s health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Community outreach
  • Mental health
  • Drug and alcohol HIV/AIDS treatment promotion and prevention policies
  • Local epidemiological variables


Previous college-level coursework in public and/or global health, development studies, anthropology, community and or social sciences, or other related fields. At least four recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent, and the ability to understand and follow coursework conducted in Spanish (as assessed by SIT).

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The program’s coursework combines topical seminars and discussions with field-based learning around the themes of public health, traditional medicine, and community empowerment. These themes are divided into modules so that students can contextualize the Chilean reality, taking into account sociocultural and historical elements, current political realities, and emerging trends.

Theoretical perspectives are provided through interdisciplinary seminars and are reinforced through the Spanish language classes. Subsequently, educational excursions and community work experiences complement classroom work and provide opportunities for critical reflection around programmatic themes.

The topic of public health is intertwined with the predominant programmatic themes of traditional and alternative health practices, indigenous peoples, community welfare, and social justice within Chile.

Spanish is the primary language of instruction throughout the program. Students will be expected to follow advanced readings and conduct conversations with health professionals, in addition to writing all assignments in Spanish.

Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

Public Health in Chile – syllabus
(IPBH3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Through this interdisciplinary seminar, students examine theoretical and practical approaches to healthcare delivery in Chilean communities that include both urban and rural contexts. Students explore the relationship between public health, social justice, and community welfare; reproductive and sexual health; HIV/AIDS; mental health issues; dental health; and differences between national and private health systems. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

Traditional Medicine and Community Health – syllabus
(IPBH3005 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this second seminar, students learn about traditional healthcare practices in Chile and analyze the role of these practices in overall community health. The course focuses on the Mapuche and Aymara peoples in particular. Students explore these indigenous conceptualizations of health and healing, the connection between healing and spiritual beliefs, and indigenous cosmovisions. Intercultural health and challenges to “legitimizing” and “mainstreaming” traditional indigenous healthcare are studied. Disparities in healthcare access among diverse populations are also analyzed. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

Spanish for the Health Sciences I – syllabus
(SPAN2000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Spanish for the Health Sciences II – syllabus
(SPAN2500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Spanish for the Health Sciences III – syllabus
(SPAN3000 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
Spanish for the Health Sciences IV – syllabus
(SPAN3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this course, students hone their speaking, reading, and writing skills through classroom and field instruction. Students read professional health science literature as they learn the formal terms and local expressions needed to discuss health policy issues, to conduct field research, and to interact in settings (e.g., clinics and community health centers) related to the program themes. Students are placed in small classes based on an in-country evaluation that tests both written and oral proficiency.

Public Health Research Methods and Ethics – syllabus
(IPBH3500 / 3 credits / 45 class hours)
In this research methods course designed to prepare students for the Independent Study Project, students learn how to organize and conduct a research project. Through lectures, readings, and field activities, students study and practice a range of methods appropriate for researching health topics. They examine the ethical issues surrounding field research related to public health issues and are guided through the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review process, which forms a core component of the course. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, selected appropriate methods, and written a solid proposal for an Independent Study Project related to public health, traditional medicine, and community empowerment in Chile. All coursework is conducted in Spanish.

Independent Study Project – syllabus
(ISPR3000 / 4 credits / 120 class hours)
Conducted in Arica, Santiago, Valparaíso, Temuco, or other approved locations appropriate to the project, the Independent Study Project offers students the opportunity to conduct field research on a topic of their choice within the program's thematic parameters. The project integrates learning from the various components of the program and culminates in a final presentation and formal research paper. Students may choose to incorporate a guided practicum experience into the project as well. Sample topic areas: women's health; community outreach; drug and alcohol treatment; traditional and intercultural health; Chilean health policy; AIDS treatment promotion and prevention policies; indigenous health practices; epidemiology.

Browse this program's Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Educational excursions are an important component of the Chile public health program, and provide different contexts in which to examine national healthcare delivery. Program excursions may include field visits to public health centers throughout Arica and the surrounding valleys, including community medical centers, hospitals, public health centers, rural health facilities, mental health centers, and women's health centers.

Longer excursions include traveling to the rural area of Putre in the high plains (altiplano), the region from which the Aymara population of Chile originates; and Temuco in southern Chile, home to the indigenous Mapuche nation.

PutrePutre (Northern Chile)

A ten-day excursion to the Chilean highlands will expose you to the health practices and beliefs of the Aymara people. The excursion will introduce you to a rural health system, Chile's intercultural health practices, alternative medicine, and the Aymara native cosmovision. During this excursion, you will also experience northern Chile's impressive natural beauty through visits to Chungara Lake, Lauca National Park, and the Lauca Biosphere Reserve.

Temuco/Makewe (Mapuche Territory)

two women in Mapuche RegionYou will experience the unique Chilean intercultural hospital located in the town of Makewe. Over the course of twelve days, you will explore health beliefs and practices of the Mapuche people, while considering issues of access related to alternative methods of health treatment. This excursion sparks debate on the topic of multiculturalism in relation to healthcare. You will have the opportunity to learn firsthand how policies and politics surrounding healthcare affect indigenous people in Chile. You will also have the opportunity to experience the region's beautiful volcanoes, valleys, and forests.


During a five-day visit to the national capital, you will have the opportunity to visit the Chilean Ministry of Health, speak with health policy makers at the national level, meet with social organizations engaged with improving health access to marginalized and vulnerable populations, and get a close-up look at the work of community-based and advocacy groups focusing on the rights of indigenous Aymara and Mapuche indigenous migrants to the urban area.

Brian B. Johnson, PhD, Academic Director

Brian JohnsonDr. Johnson is a cultural medical anthropologist whose academic and professional specializations include critical perspectives on health, medicine and healing; traditional medicine and intercultural health; violence and social suffering; political and social movements; and indigeneity in the Americas, primarily the Andean region. He holds a PhD in sociomedical sciences and anthropology from Columbia University, and master’s degrees in public health and Latin American studies from UCLA. Brian has lived and worked for over 20 years in numerous Latin American countries—primarily Bolivia, where he has collaborated with national governments, nongovernmental organizations, and indigenous social organizations on both technical and academic projects for primary health care, community health, and social development. These include positions of senior leadership (e.g., health coordinator and national director) in differing organizations, and numerous independent consultancies. In the US, Brian has worked with community programs promoting healthcare access for underserved populations in Los Angeles and New York City; and as a visiting professor at Trinity College (Hartford, CT), where he taught medical anthropology, the political economy of health and disease, and introductory classes in sociocultural anthropology. From 2014–2015, he was traveling faculty with the SIT/International Honors Program “Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care,” conducting courses focused on medical anthropology, public health, and research methods in Brazil, South Africa, and India.

Norma Contreras, Homestay Coordinator

Norma holds a professional degree in public administration and has provided administrative support for various institutions in Chile. She currently works as the homestay coordinator for the SIT Chile: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment program. In this role, Norma interviews and selects appropriate homestay families, orients families prior to the students’ arrival, and is in constant communication with the students, families, and SIT Chile staff.

Spanish language study staff:

Clara Salinas, Language Coordinator

Clara holds a master’s degree in intercultural bilingual education and a bachelor’s degree in language and communication from the Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, Chile. She has worked as a teacher in higher education and as an instructor at the Universidad de Tarapacá, teaching classes in oral and written expression, mass media, and oral and written argument. She has worked with SIT since 2014.

Faculty and lecturers typically include:

Fresia Caba Burgos, PhD, MPH

Dr. Caba received her doctorate in public health with a specialization in epidemiology from Mexico's National Institute of Public Health. She also holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Chile; degrees in biological sciences and health management from Galille College in Israel; and several degrees in epidemiology and qualitative methods. She has more than 20 years' experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students at institutions such as the University of Chile, the University of Tarapacá, and the University of Santiago. Dr. Caba has published articles in several magazines, including ISI and SCIELO, as well as chapters in books on the subjects of reproductive health, intercultural health, biology, obstetrics, gender, adolescence, and sex education.

Currently, she is a professor in the Medical Sciences Department of the University of Tarapacá and also serves as director of the University's Postgraduate Public Health Department.

Roxana Gálvez, Lic

Roxana completed her studies at the University of Tarapacá, Arica, graduating in 1998 with a BA in midwifery, obstetrics, and neonatology. In 2000, she entered the Health Service of Arica directing HIV/AIDS prevention projects. In 2001, she joined the Dr. Juan Noé Hospital as the head midwife in charge of the Center of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (presently UNACESS), a position that she holds today.

Roxana holds a degree in logistical management within health and has a postgraduate degree in HIV/AIDS education. She coordinated the regional working group of HIV/AIDS advisors from 2000 to 2006, and is still an integral member of that committee. She is also a member of the committee for the prevention of drug and alcohol consumption at the Health Service of Arica. Roxana teaches a course on sexually transmitted infections at the University of Tarapacá. She is currently a graduate student of care management and serves as president of the Regional School of Midwives in Arica.

Patricia Huber, MD, MPH

Dr. Huber studied medicine at the University of Concepción and completed postgraduate work in public health at the University of Chile. She also obtained a master's degree in epidemiology and occupational health from the University of Chile. Additionally, Dr. Huber has a certificate in social management and public policy from the Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Chile.

Between 2005 and 2008, Dr. Huber was head of the Health Service of Arica's Epidemiology Unit and later head of the Department of Information in Health and Production Services for Health, Arica (Departamento de Información en Salud y Producción del Servicio de Salud Arica). From 1997 to 2005, she worked as a research officer in the Department of Decision Support Fraser Health in British Columbia, Canada where she directed efforts involving health diagnostics for the region, score card indicators, and the assistance network.

Dr. Huber was the assistant director of welfare management for the Health Service of Arica, in charge of the Department of Coordination Network and Information in Health and Production. In that role, Dr. Huber's work includes: contributing to the fulfillment of the Health Service's sanitation objectives; modernization of welfare networks; implementing the Health Service's strategic plan; and a patient attention model included in current health reform. She was also responsible for managing and coordinating the Health Service's welfare network and is responsible for the health needs of the target population.

Dr. Huber is now medical director at the TELETON Foundation.

Jerka Krstulovic, MD

Dr. Krstulovic specializes in pediatrics. She has worked in both the public and private sectors in Santiago and Arica as a treating physician, in management of healthcare facilities, and in academic research activities. From 1998 to the present, she has worked as a doctor in both the endocrinology and nutrition urgent care units of Dr. Juan Noé Hospital. She has convened commissions focused on nursing mothers, undernourishment, and health and education. Dr. Krstulovic has worked as a collaborator in the Undernourishment in Indigenous Towns program; as a clinical manager in pediatrics; and as a member of the regional vaccine table PAI. She has directed the Children's Health Program in Santiago, as well as the Health Service of Arica, and has also led various research efforts in the area.

Currently, Dr. Krstulovic is head of the Children's Health Program for AUGE plan for Mellitus Diabetes type I, the Nutritional Cycle, and PKU-HC program of the Health Service of Arica. She is an active member of the Chilean Society of Pediatrics and a collaborative partner of the Chilean Society of Nutrition.

Ester López, Ps, SW, MHR

Ester obtained a degree in social work from the University of Valparaíso and a degree in psychology from the University of Tarapacá. She also holds a certification in rationalist mental psychotherapy from the Institute of Mental Therapy of Santiago. She graduated with a certificate in family mediation from the Technological University of Chile. She holds a master's degree in human resources management from the University Arturo Prat and the University of Valparaíso.

Ester is a member of a number of work groups addressing topics such as: intra-family violence, alcohol and drug treatment and prevention, and quality of life. Additionally, she was involved in developing the Health Service of Arica's strategic plan.

Since 2000 Ester has taught social work, commercial engineering, and kindergarten education at the University of Arturo Prat. From 1990 to 2005, she worked in Mutual de Seguridad as a social worker supporting patients of industrial accidents and diseases and as a psychologist in qualification and selection. She also provided clinical attention to patients. Currently, Ester is head of the Mental Health Unit of the Health Service of Arica, in charge of mental health teams and community psychiatry (South and North ESSMA).

Luis Galdames Rosas, PhD

Dr. Rosas is a professor of history and geography. He holds a bachelor of science in development with a concentration in sociology from the Instituto Latinoamericano de Doctrina y Estudios Sociales (ILADES) of Lovaina University; a master's degree in history with a concentration in ethno-history; and a doctor of philosophy with a concentration in epistemology of social sciences. He completed postdoctoral studies at the Alcalá de Henares University in Spain. Additionally, he has studied anthropology and journalism at the University of Chile.

Dr. Rosas is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Historical and Geographical Sciences at the University of Tarapacá, giving lectures on American and Chilean history. He has co-authored four books and has also written chapters in books and articles in indexed journals and for nationally and internationally circulated magazines.

Rodrigo Valencia Severino, MPH, MBA

Rodrigo has a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Valparaíso and a master's degree in public health, with a concentration in public health promotion, from the University of Chile's School of Public Health. He received an MBA from the University of el Mar in the management of public health centers and institutions. He also holds a master's degree in participatory management and healthy communities from the Complutense University of Madrid.

He has worked as a clinical nurse at Santo Tomás Hospital and at a primary care clinic in the city of Limache. He has also worked as a nurse in rural areas of the Chilean highlands and in the Azapa and Lluta valleys. Rodrigo has gained experience teaching in the programs of primary pedagogy in education and pre-school at the University of Tarapacá in Arica. Currently he works in the department of coordination of medical networks in the director's office of the Health Service of Arica.

Carla Vaury Tejerina, MBA

Carla holds a master's degree in public health policy from the University of Arturo Prat and the University of Valparaíso. Carla also has a diploma in social participation from the University of Los Lagos, and she studied social work at the University of Antofagasta.  Until recently, she worked at the Health Service of Arica in the area of social participation and user satisfaction. Currently she works part time as a lecturer at the University of Arturo Prat's social work program and full time at  the Ministry of Public Construction.

Dr. Domingo Barrientos Vásquez, MPH

Dr. Vásquez obtained a medical degree and a master's degree in public health from the University of Chile. He also obtained a certificate in geriatrics and gerontology from the University of Concepción. He has extensive experience in the field of public health. He has held senior positions at Chile's Ministry of Health and at other public health institutions and establishments. He is a permanent member of the Ministry of Health in the Council of National Health of Chile. Previously, he worked as a consultant for the development of Nicaragua's health system.

Dr. Vásquez has taught courses at the University Santo Tomás School of Social Work, delivering lectures in public health. He holds several certificates in different medical and management skills. He has served as director of health systems in the regions of Atacama, Rancagua, and Arica. In recent years, he has specialized in complementary medicine from the perspective of synergetics. Currently, he is a geriatrics and complementary medicine doctor at the Dr. Juan Noé Hospital in Arica.

Silvia Zamorano, Lic, MPA

Silvia completed studies in obstetrics and neonatology at the University of Chile, obtaining the title of midwife. Through a joint program at the University Arturo Prat and University of Valparaíso, she obtained a master's degree in public management. Silvia has worked in public service for 20 years in different clinical areas and in management. She has worked in the Province of Parinacota and Commune of Camarones; in management in the Direction of Primary Attention; and later in the Women's Program of Health Service of Arica. When working for the Women's Program, she developed activities to monitor the quality of contraceptives logistics. For eight years, she was in charge of the Unit of Registry and Control of Medical and Paramedical Professions in the Health Service of Arica. Currently, she is the regional secretary of the Ministry of Health.

host family in Chile During your time in Chile, you will have the opportunity to live with three different homestay families. Given the programmatic interest in the relationship between families, health, and well-being, the homestay element provides particular insight here by offering you a place, however temporary, in these support systems. Furthermore, by living with three distinct families, you will deepen and challenge your emerging understanding of family and community in three different sites, comparing urban mestizo to rural indigenous communities, thus allowing you to form a more comprehensive understanding of each.

Your host families will warmly welcome you into their homes and help you become further immersed in Chilean culture and society. The homestay provides you with an excellent opportunity to improve your Spanish language skills by sharing daily conversions and activities with host family members and forms a cornerstone of SIT’s experiential learning model by offering you the unique opportunity to take knowledge from lectures and readings to the dinner table as you engage your families in discussions about the topics you are studying.

Host families come from different social and cultural backgrounds. You will typically enjoy breakfast and lunch with your host family. On weekends, you may enjoy sharing family activities together, which could include birthday, anniversary, or other family celebrations.

Homestay locations will include the following:

Urban homestay in Arica

You will experience a seven-week homestay with a carefully selected family in an urban area of Arica, either in an urban or suburban neighborhood. While homestay families are mostly middle class, they are very diverse in terms of occupation, family size, region of origin, and location in the city. As a larger group, the families provide students with a more complex set of life experiences within the same city and general class definition.

Rural homestay in Putre

You will take part in a second homestay for eight days with an Aymara family, in high-altitude Putre. It will be possible to participate in many of the daily activities typical of the small, slow-paced town, including local commerce and cultural celebrations, while learning about traditional medicine practices from such community leaders as shamans and community midwives.

Rural homestay in Makewe

The ten-day homestay in the rural village of Makewe, near the city of Temuco, is with an indigenous Mapuche family. You will have the opportunity to share in local living conditions and daily community life, which might include activities such as farming, animal care, or helping to cook meals. All homestays are in the immediate vicinity of the Mapuche Intercultural Hospital, and health-related activities are common.

A diversity of students representing different colleges, universities, and majors study abroad on this program. Many of them have gone on to do amazing things that connect back to their experience abroad with SIT. Learn what some of them are now doing.

Recent positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • MD/MPH Student, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
  • Bilingual Agricultural Safety Educator, New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, New York, New York
  • Medical Student, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
  • Member of the Healthcare Reform Team, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
  • Maternal Health Birth Doula, AmeriCorps, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, Washington

Program Dates: Fall 2016

Program Arrival Date:  Aug 23, 2016

Program Departure Date:    Dec 5, 2016

The dates listed above are subject to change. Please note that travel to and from the program site may span a period of more than one day.

Student applications to this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening date and the deadline.

Application Deadline:   May 15, 2016


SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.

Tuition: $16,400

The tuition fee covers the following program components:

  • Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
    • Health, society, and culture
    • Public health, community welfare, and social justice
    • Chilean public health policies
    • Alternative health practices
  • Public Health Research Methods and Ethics course and Human Subjects Review
  • Intensive language instruction in Spanish (with a focus on medical Spanish)
  • All educational excursions to locations such as Tacna, Santiago, and Temuco (Mapuche region)
  • Independent Study Project (including a stipend for accommodation and food) 
  • Health insurance throughout the entire program period

Room & Board: $4,475

The room and board fee covers the following program components:

  • All accommodations during the entire program period. This includes during orientation, time in the program base (Arica), on all excursions, during the Independent Study Project, and during the final evaluation period. Accommodation is covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend provided to each student, or through the homestay. 
  • All homestays (seven weeks in Arica, eight days in Putre, and ten days in Makewe, plus an optional rural homestay during the Independent Study Project period, depending on the student’s ISP topic)    
  • All meals for the entire program period. Meals are covered either by SIT Study Abroad directly, through a stipend, or through the homestay.

Estimated Additional Costs:

International Airfare to Program Launch Site

International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.

Visa Expenses: $ 200

Immunizations: Varies

Books & Supplies: $ 50

International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.

Discretionary Expenses

Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.

Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.


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