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Chille 2014: Land of Contrasts

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4205
SAU Course Equivalency: IS 210 Selected Topics in Culture and Civilization or SPAN 321, Latin America (for Spanish majors and minors) (four credits)
Instructors:  Sam and Cathie Ogdie, Augustana College
Dates: January 7-28, 2014 (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Chile (Santiago, Concepcion, Temuco, Valdivia, Puerto Varas, Chiloe, Iquique, Antofagasta, San Pedro de Atacama)
Price: $7,785 (subject to change)


Program description

To many Americans, Latin America is a mysterious and unfamiliar land. Where would one begin to uncover these mysteries? An excellent choice is Chile. Chile is very representative of Latin ethnic diversity, economic stability and political history; it also offers a relatively safe and unique educational experience for student travelers. This course focuses on Chile as a "land of contrasts." By exploring the historical, political, economic, cultural, and geographic diversity of Chile, students will gain an appreciation for Chile as a modern Latin American country and the role Chile plays in the broader South American region.

The course will provide an overview of the cultural, political, and economic realities of Chile's history and the impact on the current state. In doing so, students will study Chile's indigenous populations and wide cultural (and artistic) diversity. Students will review the 250 years of Spanish domination and engage in a focused study of modern Chilean politics from the rule of Salvador Allende in 1970 to the present day. Finally, students will explore how the economies of the three main regions of Chile (North, Central and South) are linked to their geographical and cultural contrasts.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance


    What is not included

    • Passport fees
    • Transportation to/from airport
    • Fees for textbooks and materials
    • Meals not included in program fee
    • Personal baggage fees


      How to apply

      Priority Deadline:  April 12, 2013
      Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall). 

      Applications will be accepted until October 1.
      Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full. 

      • Follow the application instructions carefully.
      • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
      • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
      • The $500 application deposit is deducted from teh total program cost.
      • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
      • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.


        Payment deadlines

        • November 1, 2013: remaining balance due


          Payment details

          • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
          • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
          • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.