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  • Locations: Concepcion, Chile
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Host Family, Hotel Program Lead Faculty: David Madrid
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:
Program Overview  

Program Overview

Join us on a 2-week cultural immersion experience in Chile during Winter Break 2018! Since Chile is in the southern hemisphere, it will be their summer during this trip, so we will be enjoying good weather along with plenty of exercise and exploration! From our home base in the modern University of Concepción, we will visit culturally significant sites, such as nearby towns and beaches on the Pacific ocean such as Dichato and Lota, areas of the indigenous Mapuche people and culture, take a hiking tour around the lakes and accompanying volcano of Villarica, visit and bathe in the geometrical thermal hotsprings of Pucón and have the once in a life time opportunity for guided cultural tourism in the cities of Valparaiso and the capital Santiago, home of Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda. You will also partake in campus life, homestays with Chilean families, as well as activities to gain knowledge of Chilean geography, culture and learn more about their particular dialect of Spanish. This is the time to experience the longest country in the world with an incredibly diverse geography and people, home to the Andes Mountain Range and thousands of years of history and culture.

No knowledge of Spanish, spoken or written, is needed to enroll in this course or participate in this study tour!

Please follow this link for a tentative schedule: Chile Tentative Schedule.docx

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The home base for this program will be Concepcion, Chile, which is about 300 miles from the capital and has a population slightly smaller than Cincinnati. Concepción is the third largest city in Chile. Located on the coast of the Biobío Region and surrounded by large evergreen forests, the climate there is similar to the coastal areas of Northern California. The Universidad de Concepción, founded in 1919 and a partner university to UC, is one of the most significant universities in the country and will be our home base for the trip!

In addition to activities in Concepcion, the group will take numerous day trips to nearby communities and culturally significant sites in Dichato, Lota, Lacustre, Las Trancas Valley, Pucón, Villarrica Volcano, Temuco, Santiago, Valparaiso and Cañete. The program also includes two longer trips to experience larger portions of the country; this will allow students to directly experience a vast stretch of Chile, including the indigenous Mapuche areas, from the seaside city of Pucon and the Lake Region to the south to the Metropolitan region near Valparaiso and Santiago, the capital.
The program has tutors and guides who speak English that will accompany the students from the beginning to the end of the experience.


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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate students

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Academic Program and Course Information

This program is an on-site experience of Chilean and Latin American culture and history, with an interwoven focus on the indigenous culture of the Mapuche. Through first-hand observation and attendance at the Universidad de Concepción, students will expand their knowledge of cultural themes, including family, education, economy, religion, literature, and customs of daily life in Chile. The study abroad component will aid students to develop confidence in navigating a foreign setting, sensitivity to cultural differences, and greater awareness of their own cultural make-up through the guided exploration of a wide range of beautiful destinations and historic institutions within Chile, all while getting to meet the locals. This study abroad course also consists of “survival language” and interculturality classes, attendance at local spectacles, a multi-day experience in the surrounding indigenous areas, visits to the major metropolitan centers and a full cultural immersion with a home-stay. At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate greater understanding of the cultural, geographical and historical issues that have shaped Chile and its indigenous peoples into the twenty-first century and provide evidence of their own growth as a global citizen. 
There is no pre-requisite for the course associated with the program. Students will register for SPAN 1061, which is a 3-credit hour course that counts towards fulfilling breadth of knowledge requirements and includes a study abroad component. This course consists of four meetings before departure and will fulfill the remaining contact hours on-site. Upon their return, students will complete a post-trip reflection portfolio on their study abroad experience. 

All students must participate in the four mandatory course meetings prior to the study abroad travel.

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Faculty Leader - Dr. David Gomez-Cambronero Madrid is a professor of Spanish language and cultures at UC Clermont. He a native of Spain and is extremely passionate about the unique and diverse hispanophone cultures around the world. He has been traveling abroad since he was young and wants to give students the incredible opportunity to visit other countries to get to know more about our world and ourselves.

Faculty Co-Leader - Dr. Isabel Parra is a professor of Spanish language and cultures at UC Clermont. She grew up in Chile, actually near the city of Concepcion, which will be the home-base of our upcoming international study program. In both Mexico and Chile, she has had the opportunity to work with several groups of students who participate in study abroad classes. She is excited to have students discover her beautiful home country.


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Living Arrangements

Each student will stay with a Chilean host family for six of the 12 nights in Chile. The University of Concepcion will oversee these home stays. During the other nights, the program will have accommodations in modest hotels and hostels near our scheduled activities.

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Getting There

The program will schedule group travel round-trip from Cincinnati to Santiago to to Concepcion. From that point, all in country travel will be by bus or van.

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Program CostsChili Uni

 2018 Program Cost:  $4400

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded a $600 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  After being awarded the scholarship, the final program cost will be $3500. UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

An additional $1200 scholarship will be awarded to the first 5 Clermont students accepted.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given. Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process. Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Dr. David Madrid
Phone: 513-732-5245

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This program is currently not accepting applications.