Chile: Universidad del Bío Bío (Dual Degree Program)

A GVSU Partnership Program

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  • Chile: Universidad del Bío Bío (Dual Degree Program) Photo
  • Chile: Universidad del Bío Bío (Dual Degree Program) Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: Open to liberal studies majors 2.5 GPA required. Minimum of 5 semesters college level Spanish (or equivalent).

Concepción and Chillán, Chile— Students can now earn a Liberal Studies and Humanities degree from GVSU and our international partner, Universidad del Bío-Bío (UBB) in Chile. This unique opportunity will result in a dual degree spanning two universities, two countries, two languages, and two areas of study. This program is intended for GVSU students with intermediate level (or higher) of Spanish proficiency, who have declared Liberal Studies as their major. UBB has approximately 11,000 students and has earned a reputation for high academic standards, a supportive educational environment and a vibrant student culture. UBB offers GVSU students an opportunity to fully immerse into Chilean life and culture.

Partnership Information

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When can I go?

Non-traditional Academic Year 2019-2020 : March—January

Where will I live?

Homestay or off-campus apartments.

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to liberal studies majors 2.5 GPA required. Minimum of 5 semesters college level Spanish.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (Non-traditional Academic Year 2019-2020 Program): 

September 10, 2018 

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the dual degree, students may also choose to do the Summer Program or traditional Partnership Program at Universidad del Bío-Bío (UBB)

What credits will I receive?

Course offered: Liberal studies with intermediate level (or higher) of Spanish proficiency may choose to earn a dual degree in liberal studies and humanities from GVSU and Universidad del Bío-Bío (UBB) Visit the website for more information. *Issues friendly 

All courses are taught in Spanish

How much does the program cost?

TOTAL Projected Cost: $22,727 - $25,199 (per academic year)

Additional Program Cost Information

Detailed Budget 

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 with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid


PADNOS STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP: ($5,000 - $15,000) This scholarship is available only to GVSU students who study abroad for two semesters or more. View the application page for additional eligibility requirements. Learn more or APPLY NOW:

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 2.5 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$1,750/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

PARTNERSHIP GRANT:  The Padnos International Center will be providing (2) $500 Partnership grants for students spending a semester or year at this partner.  If more than two 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 two applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant assistance.  Decisions on awards will be made following the deadline for applications.

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships. 

Who can tell me more?

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
Hours extended on Wednesday until 7pm during Fall and Winter Semesters

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