Study Abroad


Chile: Land of Contrasts

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4655
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 5-26, 2016 (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 20)
Location: Chile (Santiago, Concepcion, Temuco, Valdivia, Puerto Varas, Valparaíso, Curicó, Larimer, La Serena)
Price: $6,675-$6,975 (subject to change)

Program description

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 that 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 uncover 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. Students will experience Chile's diverse geography, from the driest desert in the world to glaciers in the south. It has the world's longest mountain range in the East, with historic ports and beaches on the West Coast. Finally, students will explore how the economics of the three main regions of Chile, (North, Central and South), are linked to these diverse geographical and cultural contrasts. Eight of the fifteen administrative regions, each unique, will be included in our journey.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Some additional meals (approximately 7)
  • 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 - estimated cost is $410.
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money

How to apply

Application deadline - October 1, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf).
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • October 1, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.