Chile: TRiO (Che Guevara, Revolution & The Motorcycle Diaries)

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2022. Details below are subject to change.

Follow the journey of revolutionary leader Che Guevara through Latin America in his memoir, The Motorcycle Diaries. Through field trips and discussion, students will explore the question: “What does it mean to be American?" Students will explore the city of Chillán, Chile, with its vibrant central square and vast open-air market, and connect with students from GVSU's partner university, Universidad del Bío-Bío. The group will take a trip to the Andes Mountains, where students will have a chance to relax in a hot springs, hike to some incredible views of the Andes, and experience the kind of Chilean hospitality that Che Guevara described during his time in the mountains.  TRiO staff will be co-directing this program. 


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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

4 weeks online followed by 2 weeks in Chile 


Students will register for a total of 6 credits: 


LIB 100: Reflect Connect Engage (3 Credits) AND 

Fullls General Education Foundations - Philosophy and Literature. 

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives. 


LIB 401: Visionary Thinkers - Che Guevara (3 Credits) 

Fulfills (1) General Education Issues course. Reflection required.

Fulfills General Education U.S. Diversity. 


Students will be staying in hostels. 

Cost and Scholarships


Program Fee: $3,832


  • Round-trip air fare
  • Group meals
  • Housing
  • Field trips
  • Ground transportation

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition (6 credits = $3,396)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Additional meals- ($200)
  • Passport/Photos ($150)
  • ISIC card ($28 - optional)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $7,906


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

TRiO STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP ($1,000): The first 10 eligible GVSU TRiO students will automatically receive this scholarship. Questions? Contact Dr. Gaines ( or Justin Pettibone (

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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