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  • Locations: Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program OverviewChile

Chile is “a country of startling contrasts and extreme beauty, with attractions ranging from the towering volcanic peaks of the Andes to the ancient forests of the Lake District”.  This long, thin country sits on the west coast of South America and reaches from the Atacama Desert – the driest on earth, to the southern glacial ice fields of Antarctica.    
In this two-and-a-half-week International Faculty-Led (IFL) Junior Custer course, we will immerse and explore cities and regions in Chile; the bustling and energized capital city of Santiago, the Pacific coast in Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, and the Lakes District of Northern Patagonia: Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Chiloe and Pucón.   
Course work will interrogate past and current events that shape Chile and our globalized world.  In our studies and experience abroad, we’ll investigate sociopolitical events in Chile like the constitutional referendum and massive protest in Santiago, participate in immersive activities like cooking classes, guided tours, and enjoy classroom conversations with faculty from one of Chile’s premier universities: Universidad Aldofo Ibañez.  Students will participate in a community service project in Chile – addressing social justice issues and gaining a connection and experience to the role of global citizenship. 
We’ll delve into the powerful concepts of identity and place, both abroad and at home.  In a rapidly shrinking world, when an appreciation and empathy for the diversity of thought and culture is more important than ever, this class offers a creative, engaging concentration into self and our world. 
PSU students will be required to attend five mandatory pre-departure sessions scheduled before the trip to Chile.  The time, place, and duration of these sessions will be determined post-acceptance into the program and arranged as schedules allow. 
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Faculty Leader Suzanne Savaria, Music
Travel Dates Summer 2022
Areas of Study While this program is designed for most majors, the following fields of study are particularly relevant:
  • Anthropology
  • Capstone
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • English
  • Film
  • History
  • Music
  • Music History
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
Course & Credit UNST 399: Discovering Chile - A Sense of Place
4 credits

This course satisfies the Global Perspectives Junior Cluster requirement!
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Hotel / Hostel / Shared Apartment
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Previous Coursework None required
Language Requirement No previous language study required, 
though some Spanish will help
Application Process  
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
  • $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
  • Tuition for 4 credits
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Most lunches
    • 2 dinners
  • Excursions 
  • Transportation between cities
  • International Health Insurance
  • 24/7 student support
  • Education Abroad Fee
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1200)
  • Additional meals (estimated at $200)
  • Additional transportation to/from the airport (estimated at $25 each way)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 

This program is currently not accepting applications.