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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.


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