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Social Welfare Policy & Practice in the Latin American Context: Chile
Concepcion, Chile (Outgoing Program)
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English Housing Options: Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
APA Program Type: Summer Programs Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
APA Advisor: Marissa Baham
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Social Welfare Poilcy & Practice in the Latin American Context: Chile

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Let's geaux to Chile!

Join Dr. Jennifer Scott on a journey to engage in learning about social welfare policy and practice in Concepcion, Chile.  You will learn about the structure of the Chilean social welfare system and see how Social Work is practiced in Latin America.  Weekday mornings the group will focus on building Spanish vocabulary and exploring Chilean culture. Afternoons will attend presentations by Universidad de Concepcion professors and social workers at nonprofit agencies and state organizations. You will also take excursions to social welfare agencies in the city and surrounding areas, as well as  an excursions to learn from an indigenous community.  Not only will you expand your understanding of social work in the Latin American context and your Spanish skills, through comparative analysis and experience you will also develop a deeper understanding of social welfare policy and innovative approaches to practice in the United States.

Regardless of your Spanish language skills, this program is open to all Masters of Social Work students who have successfully completed SW 7000:  Social Welfare History and Policy, and graduate students from other disciplines if space is available. 

Dr. Scott is fluent in Spanish and has lived in Peru and Mexico and traveled extensively throughout Latin America.  She joined LSU Faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work after earning her PhD in Social work from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Scott's research focuses on the experiences of people in poverty, and particularly Latino immigrants, in navigating their economic and social lives, as well as on the broader trends and sociopolitical determinants of poverty, inequality and migration.


Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees (6 hours)
May  23 June 16 $2,700 instate: $3,131
out of state: $7,379

Program Fee Includes

  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Ground transportation in Chile
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance

Housing: Students will have a homestay with a local Chilean family.

Meals: Meals will be provided by homestay families or the university.

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Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Do not purchase airfare until you are told to do so.  Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare. 

Once you have been told you can purchase airfare, you should plan to fly out of the US on May 23, arriving at Concepcion airport on May 24.  Your return flight should be scheduled for no earlier than June 16.

Spending money:  You should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.



Course Description Instructor
SW 7807 Chilean Social Welfare Policy and Practice Seminar (3 hours) Dr. Jennifer Scott
SW 7906 Immersion Lab and Integrative Seminar (3 hours) Dr. Jennifer Scott
Please contact Dr. Scott if you have questions or concerns regarding the 6 hour requirement.


May 23 Depart USA 
May 24 Arrive in Concepcion, Chile
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June 16 Program ends.  Students can return to the US or explore Chile on their own

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department  
Dr. Jen Scott
Program Director
Social Work Dr. Scott

Eligibility & Withdrawal

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of  3.0 (graduate students).
  • Social work graduate student who has completed SW 7003 or graduate student from other discipline with prior approval of the program director.
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 11, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in late May (specific dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 11, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 11, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

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