Students at some universities in Chile have been on strike since early May, demanding lower tuition costs and other education reforms. These strikes have been relatively peaceful, but are expected to last into semester 2 (fall semester). Click here to read our FAQs about university strikes abroad.
Strikes have been much more widespread in Santiago than in Valparaíso, so our office in Valparaíso has been coordinating academic options for our students with university partners. Because of these strikes, our semester 2 students in Valparaíso have been informed of the following updates:
- Students will still take courses at our host institutions, but these courses will likely be taught for international students only.
- IFSA-Butler program courses, including the internship option in Valparaíso, will not be affected by these strikes.
- As it appears that students will not be able to take classes with Chileans, we will be focusing on additional ways they can get involved in the community, including volunteering and local cultural activities.
- It is illegal for non-Chilean students to take part in student demonstrations or protests.
- We believe that even with the challenges presented by these strikes, students will have a full study abroad experience, and at the same time gain a unique perspective on history in the making and the way democracy unfolds in Chile. However, we are also giving our Valparaíso students the option of changing to IFSA-Butler programs in Santiago, Lima, Peru, or in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Students, parents and advisors are welcome to contact Erika Ryser-Garcia, Director for Programs in Latin America and Spain, about this situation. She can be reached via email or at 317-940-4220.