Spring 2018

Offered in spring semesters of even numbered years, next offered in Spring 2018

The faculty director for the Spring 2018 Chile program is Professor Mark Bates.UCSC-_SAH0676

Simpson College’s Spanish-language semester-long study abroad experience for students is based in Concepción, Chile, a metropolitan area of nearly 1 million people approximately 300 miles from Santiago, Chile’s capital city. Chile is a very eclectic country with diverse climates, geographical features and foods. From the Atacama Desert in the north, to the lakes and volcanoes of Patagonia in the south, from the impressive Andes Mountains that run the length of country to the culture of the charming city of Santiago in the center, there is no shortage of intriguing places to explore.All Simpson students, regardless of major, are welcome to participate in this program. Given that Spanish is the language of communication in Chile and the language of instruction at UCSC, participation in the program carries a prerequisite of SPAN 111 (two semesters of college-level Spanish). Even this minimal language background will prime participants to make faster linguistic progress in country.

Program_13171_Photo__2b26Students on the program take Spanish language courses which help students improve their abilities to communicate in Spanish, both orally and in written form.  They also take a Latin American Culture course which will likely carry a GP designation in Simpson’s ECC.  All of these courses will be taught by instructors at UCSC.  In addition, for 2018, Professor Bates will offer the course, “Green-go!  The history of the U.S. presence and interventions in Latin America” which will fulfill the Historical Perspectives (HP) requirement of the ECC, pending approval.  The director will also lead a 2-credit reflection course (required of all Simpson students in the program), which will allow the Simpson group to debrief and help each other better understand the cross-cultural experiences they are having.  These class will be offered Monday through Thursdays each week, with Fridays set aside for studying and/or exploring.  Simpson students will also be permitted to enroll in regularly offered classes at the University with the instructor’s permission, as per their language level, academic interests, and curricular needs.

Students will live with local host families.  Additionally, this program offers field trips, excursions, and cultural activities throughout the semester which provide students the opportunity to learn even more about Chile and Chilean culture.

Cost of the program 

To participate in the program, students pay their regular Simpson tuition, room and board (as if they were living on campus) plus a program fee of between $2,500 and $3,000.  In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Concepción at a cost of approximately $1,600 from Des Moines.UCSC campus buildings with sign


Students must take a one-credit preparation course during the fall semester preceding the semester in Chile. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 2.5 both at the time of application for the program, and at the time of departure in order to be able to study abroad. And as mentioned previously, students must have successfully completed SPAN 111.

To apply for admission into the program, students should complete the online application, and upload all of the required documents by midnight on Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017.  An application includes:

  • Creating an account on the new online application system, and then completing the online application process on that site.
  • Writing a one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
  • Providing the names and contact information for two people who could serve as references (neither of whom are related to you and at least one should be a Simpson professor) on your skills, abilities, and character.

UCSC field tripsThen, upload the following to your Simpson SC Connect account:

  • a copy of your Simpson College degree audit.  Once you’ve obtained your degree audit on your SC Connect account, right click within the web browser and “Select All”. Then right click again and select “Copy”. Open a new document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to Landscape. Then Right click in the document to “Paste” the Degree Audit into the new Word document. Save this document as a .pdf file by selecting “PDF” from the “Save file type” drop down menu which is located below the file name.  Then upload the file
  • a copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then upload a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out). Please note: you are not required to submit that completed passport application, the supporting documentation or the associated processing fee to the Warren County Recorder’s Office or any other passport application processing site until you’ve received notification that you have been accepted into a travel course.
  • Proof that you’ve made a $200 non-refundable deposit to the Simpson College Business Office.  This deposit is applied to the program cost, upon acceptance to the program, and will be credited back to the student’s account should they not be accepted into the program.concepcion-02

When you complete your application materials, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the Director of International Education, which will take place soon afterwards.

Students will be notified of their status in the Chile program during the week of April 10, 2017.   A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by October 16, 2017.

Final program payment is due to be paid with Spring Semester tuition, room, and board by January 2, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Mark Bates
Professor of Spanish
(515) 961-1827


Jay Wilkinson
Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-1288
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288