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Concepción, Chile

Spring 2022

Join us for a Virtual Information Meeting to learn more about the Spring 2022 Chile semester program on Tuesday, March 2 from 4:00 - 4:45pm.  Email Matthew Kaye for the Zoom meeting link and pass code.

Offered in spring semesters of even numbered years, next offered in Spring 2022.

The faculty director of the Spring '22 Chile program will be Spanish Professor Lau Cesarco Eglin.UCSC

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 two semesters of college-level Spanish.  Even this minimal language background will prime participants to make faster linguistic progress in country.


The following two courses will be offered by Program Director Lau Cesarco Eglin for all students on the program:

  • SPAN 290: Issues of Tension in Chile Today (4 credits; ECC: EV & IC)
  • SEA 267:  In-country reflection:  Chile (2 credits)

Students on the program also take several Spanish language courses which will 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.   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 where they will be immersed in Chilean culture and have the opportunity to practice their developing Spanish language skills.  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 $2,000 and $2,500.  In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Concepción at a cost of approximately $1,700 from Des Moines.

Requirements SC students in Chile

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 two semesters of college-level Spanish.

To apply for admission into the program, students should complete the online application, and upload all of the required documents by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021.  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.

CCP SignThen, 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.

ConcepcionWhen you complete your application materials, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview which will take place during the week of April 5, 2021.

Students will be notified of their status in the Chile program during the week of April 12, 2021.   A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by October 15, 2021.

Final program payment is due to be paid with Spring Semester tuition, room, and board by January 10, 2022.

For more information, contact:

Lau Cesarco Eglin
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Matthew Kaye
Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
(515) 961-1288
toll free (800) 362-2454, ext. 1288