|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Type:||Host University||Language of Instruction:||Spanish|
|Minimum GPA:||3.0||Minimum Class Eligibility:||2-Sophomore|
|Language Prerequisites:||Spanish||Housing Options:||Host Families|
|Language Courses Offered:||Yes||Credit Type:||Undergraduate|
|Program Length:||Long-Term Program|
This program offers students the opportunity to live and study for approximately four months in a Latin American country while improving their Spanish proficiency. Students will be fully immersed in Chilean society by living with a host family and taking classes alongside native Chileans. This unique opportunity allows students an authentic perspective of South American society. Planned excursions are focused on furthering these ideas by exploring the more remote regions of the country. By the end of the program, students will have both a historic and contemporary understanding of Latin America.
Academic Calendar: Fall Semester
Credits: 15 Credits per semester
Faculty & Staff: On-campus faculty
Population of Concepción: 292,589
Housing: Host families
Meals: Two host family meals per day
Language of instruction: Spanish
Students participating in the Chile program will enroll in a total of five classes—all of which are taught in Spanish. Two classes (literature and grammar) are set up specifically for SCSU students and are taught by designated Chilean faculty. This small class size allows for these classes to be tailored specifically to each individual’s language level and provide a high level of one-on-one contact with the professors. The other three classes are electives and will be taken alongside Chilean students in order to give participants an authentic view of a Latin American education system.
Students will receive SCSU credit for three Spanish classes: a core class (SPAN 301 or 302), a literature class (SPAN 331), and the Chile block (SPAN 460). They will also get credit for a Latin American Studies class (LAST 370) and have one elective which could include an additional Spanish class (SPAN 399).
With a combined population of nearly 1,000,000, the Concepción metropolitan area is the second largest in Chile! The city itself is a bustling center of commerce and industry with many clubs, shops, and restaurants to explore. The University of Concepción is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the country, and students are encouraged to take advantage of numerous clubs and events happening daily on campus. Students living in Concepción will be just a short bus ride away from several beautiful beaches and other local attractions. Furthermore, the two excursions included in the program offer participants an authentic view of the harder to reach locations in this unique country.
Students live with Chilean families, receiving two meals daily. Living with Chilean families provides the students with a unique learning environment and immerses students in the Chilean lifestyle and culture, allowing for the sharing of cultural experiences. As the students’ stays progress, ties with the family members grow stronger, often leading to lifelong friendships.
In addition to being proficient and comfortable enough to take classes taught in Spanish, students enrolled in the program must meet the following requirements:
- Completion of: SPAN 201, 202 & 220.
- Comfortable taking classes taught in Spanish.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in Spanish classes.
- Completion of a brief interview with a representative from Concepción.