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A GVSU Partnership Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Having earned a reputation for high academic standards, a supportive educational environment, and a  vibrant student culture, UBB offers GV students an opportunity to fully immerse into Chilean life and culture. With two primary campuses, Concepción and Chillan, UBB offers a wide-range of curricular options including: business, engineering, education, English, psychology, social work, health sciences, social sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, statistics, Chilean culture and more.  This program is most suitable for Spanish majors and minors, but it is also a great location for those interested in English education.

The city of Concepción, where UBB’s main campus is located, offers a lively environment with bustling plazas, pedestrian streets packed with local shops, and restaurants serving a wide range of local and international cuisine  Concepcion is 20 minutes from the coast and is centrally located for those who have an interest in exploring other parts of Chile.

Chillan is an hour east of Concepción and is near the Andes Mountain range.  While Chillan is a much smaller town, it offers a very friendly plaza where people of all ages meet to socialize.  Just a few blocks from the plaza is  one of the areas largest markets with everything from Chilean-made handicrafts  to fresh produce, clothes and more.  Chillan was described as a place that quickly feels like a home away from home.

Partnership Information

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When can I go?

Summer 2015: Mid-June – end of July ( 6 weeks) OR  May - July (9-weeks) For more information on the 9-week program click here

Fall 2015: July - January*

Winter 2016: March - July 

Non-traditional Academic Year: March - January* 

* Students who do well academically will be exempt from exams and can return home in December.

Where will I live?

Students studying at the UBB will have the option of living in home stays or shared houses that are off-campus.  On the Concepcion campus, students have several housing options: home stay, shared house with other international students, or a pension (renting a room in a local home).  In Chillan, students are limited to home stays only.

Who is eligible to participate?

2.5 GPA required. Students must be degree seeking and have completed a minimum of 4 semesters of college-level Spanish.  All applicants must have completed at least 1 semester at GVSU at the time of application.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Summer 2015:                                                            February 1, 2015
Fall 2015:                                                                      February 1, 2015
Non-Traditional Academic Year 2015-16:                  September 10, 2015
Winter 2016:                                                                September 10, 2015

What credits will I receive?

UBB offers courses in many areas of study including: business, Chilean culture, education, English, humanities, social sciences, sciences and Spanish language.
Students participating in a partnership program will either register for courses that have been pre-approved or will go through a Course Approval Process.

List of course options:  Additional Information

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor in the Spanish department to discuss course options available. Both Prof. Laura Fox and Prof. Michael Vrooman have been to UBB and can advise students on course options available.

Business students should meet with Claire Harrison to discuss business course options.

Course Equivalency Guide

How much does the program cost?

Total Projected Cost: $11,149 (with Partnership grant)

Includes
  • GVSU Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation
  • Living Expenses
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Health Insurance/ISIC
  • Books & Supplies
  • Passport/Visa

Additional Program Cost Information

Detailed Estimated Budget

6 WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM
(Based on 2012 estimates) 

Program Fee: $3000 

Included: 

  • Tuition 
  • 6 weeks room and board with host family 
  • Instructional materials 
  • Airport pick-up in Concepcion 
  • Excursions 

Additional costs: 

  • Misc. Living Expenses ($500)
  • Passport/ISIC /Visa ($300)
  • Airfare ($1400)
  • Health insurance ($150) 

Summer Program Total Projected Cost: $5,388

Financial Aid

Students typically pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships/grants and alternative loans. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended.

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid FAQ's

Scholarships/Grants

PARTNERSHIP GRANT:  The Padnos International Center will be providing (4) $500 Partnership grants for the 2015-16 academic year (excludes summer).  If more than four applicants apply for this program, decisions on awards will be made based on the strength of a student’s application and financial need.  Students may be eligible for more than $500, but four applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant assistance.  Decisions on awards will be made following the deadline for applications.

STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT: The average study abroad semester grant award is $500 per semester. Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.8 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$2,500/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships. 

Who can tell me more?

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall
616-331-3898
studyabroad@gvsu.edu

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Hours extended on Wednesday until 7pm during Fall and Winter Semesters

9-Week Summer Program Applicants Contact: Prof. Michael Vrooman at vroomanm@gvsu.edu

Business Students Contact:

Claire Harrison

harricla@gvsu.edu 
616-331-7500 
Seidman - Undergraduate Programs 
1041 L William Seidman Center 

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.