Chile: Advanced Spanish Language Immersion with UBB

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With two primary campuses, Concepcion and Chilian, UBB offers a wide-range of curricular options. UBB has approximately 13,000 students and two primary campuses: Concepcion and Chillan. The Concepcion campus houses Engineering, Architecture, Business and Sciences. The Chillan campus houses Health and nutrition, Education, graphic design, and English. UBB is most suitable for Spanish majors and minors, but it is also a great location for those interested in English education. The vast majority of courses at UBB are taught in Spanish, with the exception of the courses taught in the English Department. Students must have a minimum of 5 semesters of college-level Spanish to participate in this program. UBB is a premier regional University in the Bio Bio region. Students typically stay in homestays which offers students a full immersion into the host culture.

This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility. While there are basic support services available through this program, participants should not expect to receive the same level and types of support they are accustomed to at GVSU.

 

 

Partnership
2.5 GPA Required
Spanish Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter 2021-Fall 2021)

Estimated Program Dates: March 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020 (Closed)

Fall 2021

Estimated Program Dates: July 2021 - December 2021
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (Closed)

Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter 2022-Fall 2022)

Estimated Program Dates: March 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

Winter 2022

Estimated Program Dates: March 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

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NOTICE SEMESTER DATES MAY FLUCTUATE: During the past several years, UBB has occasionally experienced student strikes which caused delays in the semester start or completion in several faculties. Due to these delays, the UBB calendar has been affected, and now operates with different semester start and end dates based on the faculty you plan to take courses in. Participants will be required to exercise a great deal of flexibility while UBB continues to regularize operations after the disruption of the strikes. Dates listed above are all estimates and subject to change. The Padnos International Center will keep students abreast of any necessary schedule adjustments.

During the 2017 academic year, several faculties began their semester 1 in April and ended semester 1 in mid-August. This is an example of an adjusted schedule. The Padnos International Center will keep students informed of any updates on calendar changes.

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Students attending UBB during the Fall semester may be eligible to return home in December provided they are passing all of their classes and have approval from their instructors. Otherwise, students will be expected to stay until the end of the semester which is in January. In past years, GVSU students have been approved to return home in December; however, this is not a guarantee.

Courses

Chile

UBB offers a wide range of course options in Spanish for undergraduate students. 

Concepcion and Chillan Campuses

Students will select a campus based on the type of coursework that they want to take. The list below indicates which subjects are available at each campus.

Undergraduate programs on the Concepcion Campus include: Architecture, Building Engineering, Industrial Design, Statistics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Wood Sciences Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Business Administration, Informatics Engineering, Computer Science and Informatics Engineering, Accountancy & Auditing and Social Work,

Undergraduate programs on the Chillan Campus include: Graphic Design, Early Years Teacher Education, Primary Studies Teacher Education, Language and Communication Teacher Education, Mathematics Teacher Education, Natural Sciences Teacher Education, History and Geography Teacher Education, English Language Teacher Education, Physical Education, Social Work, Psychology, Natural Resources Engineering, BA in Sciences, Business Administration, Computer Science and Informatics Engineering, Accountancy and Auditing, Food Engineering, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Speech Therapy

Available Courses at UBB:

Chillan Campus - Castellano y Comunicacion

Chillan Campus - Malla Curricular Ingenieria Comercial

Chillan Campus - Castellano

Chillan Campus - Pedagogia en Historia y Geografia

Concepcion Campus - Formacion Integral (General Studies)

 

Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE  NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.

Pre-Approved Courses 

Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process 

For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education 

Housing

Students studying at the UBB will have the option of living in home stays or shared houses that are off-campus

Concepcion campus: homestay, shared house with other international students, or a pension (renting a room in a local home). 

Chillan campus: homestay or shared house with other international students.

*Most housing placements are in walking distance to campus or within a short bus ride. All payments for housing is paid directly to landlord or family.

Cost and Scholarships

Chile

Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $7,442

  • GV Tuition, 12-15 credits ($6,954) based on upper-level, in-state rates for 2020-21.
  • IS 380 registration fee ($336)
  • Health Insurance CHUBB ($152)
    • Estimated cost based on 120 days ($1.27/day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details

Other expenses (estimate): $5,605 - $7,155

  • Passport/Visa ($355)
  • Flight ($1,400—$1,700)
  • Housing ($2,500- $3,250) paid directly to homestay family each month
  • Food ($100) most meals included in homestay cost
  • Books & Supplies ($250)
  • Personal expenses ($1,000 - $1,500)

Total Estimated Cost: $13,047 - $14,597 (per semester)

NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed above are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.

Cost Breakdown     

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Questions? Contact studyabroad@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3898 

 Additional Scholarships

Eligibility

Open to all majors: 

Students must be degree seeking and have completed a minimum of 5 semesters of college-level Spanish. 

2.5 GPA required

All applicants must have completed at least 1 semester at GVSU at the time of application.

Additional Information

Host University Website

http://www.ubiobio.cl/w/

Culture

When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.

For information on music, food, language, history, news and more; view Cultural Information

UBB link on Culture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYqAi6EC2F8&t=3s(Atacama)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imb1sqLgZwE (Viña del Mar)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsDsOTVYRFA&t=3s (Villarica)

Chile in 6 Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHLRRo-zQUI

Videos on the Bio-Bio Region and the Nuble Region

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpJxPw2x7Yc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC5z-zyJfyg

Campus Info / Campus Life

UBB's academic year begins in March. Students attending UBB during the Fall semester may be eligible to return home in December provided they are passing all of their classes have have approval from their instructors. Otherwise, students will be expected to stay until the end of the semester which is in January.  

For students who have a choice on which semester to participate, winter semester is highly recommended.  During the 2017 academic year, some of the faculties started the semester in April and ended in mid-August.

Campus Life

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Visa Requirements

Students applying for one semester (or more than 90 days) at Universidad del Bio Bio will be required to secure a student visa from the Chilean Consulate in Chicago. The student visa guide provides information regarding the application process. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

Students applying to study at UBB for a semester or year will be required to secure an FBI background check in order to apply for the student visa. The FBI background check may take any where from 2 - 10 weeks for processing. We recommend that students apply for the FBI background check at least 5 months prior to your intended departure.

CDC Report

CDC Report

US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (Chile)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in Chile

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Security Report

Guides

Application Timeline

UBB Credit System

UBB Travel Information

Grand Valley in UBB News

UBB Virtual Map of both Campuses

Resources for Emergency Situations

Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

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

"While in Chile I learned Spanish in classes and I applied it into the real world. As weeks went by I was able to communicate with my host family and learned so much about Chile, their lives, and their culture. They also learned a lot about me which made leaving them heartbreaking. Now I still continue to talk to them and take Spanish class with the hopes of returning back soon" -Nyasha Juta

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