Concepcion, Chile - Universidad de Concepcion

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"Por el Desarrollo Libre del Espiritu"

This program offers students the opportunity to live and study for approximately four months in a Latin American country whose culture is significantly different from their own. It is designed to enable students to become more proficient in both written and spoken Spanish. The program also provides students with both a historical and contemporary view on Latin American perspectives.


Known as the ‘string bean’ country, Chile has a wide array of features from the Andes Mountains to the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Chile is fascinating in every way- geographically, ecologically, politically, socially and culturally. Concepción is located in the central part of Chile known as the Eighth Region. This region holds 13 percent of the population with approximately 2 million inhabitants. The climate of the region is well defined seasons with a dry summer and a chilly, wet winter.

Academic Program

The Chile-Concepción program is composed of five courses: three in Spanish, one in Latin American Studies, and one in Social Sciences. An optional independent study course is also available, for a total of 18 semester credits (3 credits each). Most courses are taught in Spanish which will include practical application of the language. A listing of the available courses can be downloaded and reviewed. All classes are SCSU courses and the course descriptions can be found on the undergraduate course bulletin.

All program and perquisites courses can be used towards your degree to satisfy major, minor or general education requirements or university electives (see your advisor).

Living Accommodations

Students live with Chilean families, receiving two meals daily. Living with Chilean families provides the students with a unique living and learning environment. This opportunity permits students to be immersed in the Chilean lifestyle and culture, allowing for the sharing of cultural experiences. As the student’s stay progresses, ties with the family members grow stronger, often leading to lifetime friendship.


In order to be admitted to the program, students must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Completion of four semesters of university level work in Spanish (SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202 & 220) or equivalent. 
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in Spanish classes.
  • The program is limited to 10 students.
  • A committee will review the applications and make final decisions on the selection of applicants.

Program Costs and Financial Aid

The program fee includes room and some board, homestay costs (two meals daily), round-trip transportation, instruction, program administration, various other costs for program activities and cultural events. SCSU tuition will be added to the program cost.  Personal expenses such as food, laundry, extra travel, books, passport costs and some visa fees are not included in the estimated cost. All financial aid, except work study, is available to students on this program. The comprehensive fee is subject to change without notice. The program fee is never prorated nor is any part refundable.

Orientation and Calendar

The program is offered Fall Semester only. The application deadline is March 1.

Orientation meetings for the program are conducted on the Saint Cloud State University campus during the semester preceding the program. All orientation programs are mandatory. In addition, there will be orientation meetings upon arrival in Concepción.

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Field Trip Bus Excursions:
"some slept, others told stories about their home-stay families, the boys compared their home-stay mothers' cooking skills, and up and down the aisle were students conjugating Spanish verbs in a wild, impromptu face-off."

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