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Chile: Academic Year Advanced Spanish and Integrative Studies with UBB
Dual-Degree Opportunity for Integrative Studies or Spanish Majors: UBB and GVSU have created a dual-degree option for students at both institutions. Upon completing degree requirements at GVSU, and after completing program requirements at UBB in Chillan, GVSU students will be eligible to earn a Bachelor's degree in Humanities from Universidad del Bio Bio, in addition to their GVSU bachelor's degree. Students will be required to have a strong proficiency in Spanish (minimum of 5 semesters of college-level Spanish required). This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence and flexibility .
The Bachelor in Humanities at Universidad del Bio Bio focuses on the study and analysis of different areas of the humanities with an emphasis in the language, culture, history and tradition of the Latino American culture in a social Latino context.
UBB has two primary campuses, Concepcion and Chilian, UBB offers a wide-range of curricular options, however, applicants for this program will be required to take a specific set of courses in order to meet the requirements for the dual degree. UBB has approximately 13,000 students. 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. 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.
The academic year begins in March and runs through December. It is ideal for students to begin their studies at UBB during GVSU's winter semester. The semesters will be from March - July and August - December. NOTICE: During the past several years, UBB has occasionally experienced student strikes which caused delays in the semester start or completion in several faculties. It is not uncommon for strikes to last several weeks. During the strikes, classes are not in session and campus buildings are barricaded. Due to these strikes, the UBB calendar may be affected. 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 are all estimates and subject to change. The Padnos International Center will keep students abreast of any necessary schedule adjustments
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)
Non-Traditional Academic Year (Winter 2022-Fall 2022)
Estimated Program Dates: March 2022 - December 2022
Application Deadline: September 1, 2021
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 2018 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.
Dual Degree Participants will be required to complete two semesters of exchange at UBB. Most students will take courses in their Area of Emphasis during their year in Chile. Click here for a list of course requirements.
Available Courses at UBB:
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.
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
Students studying at the UBB will have the option of living in home stays or shared houses that are off-campus
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
Cost per Academic Year
Tuition & Registration (paid to GVSU): $14,732
- GV Tuition, 12-15 credits per semester ($13,908)
- IS 380 course fee ($672)
- 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): $8,955- $11,655
- Airfare ($1,400-$1,700)
- Homestay ($4,500-$6,500)
- Meals ($200, most meals included)
- Passport/visa ($355)
- Books & supplies ($500)
- Personal expenses ($2,000-$2,400)
Total Estimated Cost: $23,687 - $26,387 (per academic year)
NOTE: 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.
Open to liberal studies majors:
Minimum of 5 semesters college level Spanish.
2.5 GPA required.
Host University Website
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imb1sqLgZwE(viña del mar)
Chile in 6 Minutes
Videos on the Bio-Bio Region and the Nuble Region
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.
US State Department Information
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Security Report
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