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UMD-Winter: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change (ARHU)
Pucón, Chile; Santiago, Chile; Valparaiso, Chile
Program Terms: Winterterm
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Costs Winterterm
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Credit Type: Resident Credit
Engagement Opportunities: Service Learning Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Prerequisite(s): None
 Minimum GPA:
3.0 Non-UMD students eligible to apply: Yes
 Interview required?:
No EA Advisor: Kyle Sturges
 Visa process required for US citizens?:
No but entry fee applies
Program Description:
Machupe protest

Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy and Social Change

Priority Deadline for short-term programs is September 1st, 2013. Programs may fill by this date and be closed.

Students will visit numerous sites included in the readings: major governmental and cultural institutions (La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, Cementerio General, The National Cathedral) as well as former detention centers and other places of repression which have recently been transformed into museums, theaters and parks for reflection and the preservation of collective memory (Villa Grimaldi, Pablo Nerudas houses in Santiago and Isla Negra, The Museum of Memory and Human Rights, etc.).

Students will participate in a Service Learning program where they will run a week-long summer camp for 20 to 30 elementary school children in Valparaiso. Along with the fun activities: games, sports (especially soccer), music, dance and art projects, we will do work on the school premises. Toward the end of the trip there will be a few days of unscheduled time in Pucón, a beautiful lake town in the south of Chile, known for its volcano and for its abundance of outdoor sports and activities.

The program will be located in Santiago, Valparaiso and Pucon.


Highlights include:

  • Service Learning project with local kids
  • Free time in Pucon
  • Visits to important cultural and historical sites
  • Our stay in the capital coincides with one of the two largest theater festivals in Latin America

All students will be in shared accommodations in hotels or local hostels.

To apply, verify the minimal course requirements, then click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

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Host family

Education Abroad will enroll committed students in one of the following courses for three (3) credits from the University of Maryland:

  • ARHU 369C Special Topics in Study Abroad III: Chilean Literature, Democracy, and Social Change
  • CMLT 498C Selected Topics in Comparative Studies: Chilean Literature, Democracy, and Social Change
  • GVPT 309F Topics in International Relations: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy, and Social Change
  • HIST 329N Special Topics in History: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy, and Social Change
  • HONR 349C Honors Colloquium: Chile: Chilean Literature, Democracy, and Social Change

Students will be expected to participate in several pre-departure meetings and do preparatory reading prior to departure.

The Requirements
Applicants must be in good academic standing. Please refer to the Fact Sheet area at the top of this page for information on other basic eligibility requirements for this program. There is no language prerequisite.

Program Director: Vivianne A. Salgado, Assistant Director, Jimenez-Porter Writers' House, is a native of Chile, and studied fiction for four years with Pia Barros at Ergo Sum, one of the most prolific literary workshops during Pinochet's dictatorship. Vivianne received an M.A. in Contemporary Latin American Literature from University of Maryland and is currently working toward her Ph.D. Vivianne is a fiction instructor at The Writers' House as well as the Young Scholars Program.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact the appropriate Regional Advisor in Education Abroad.

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Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), must be paid by applicant online via MyEA at the time of application.

Program fee for Winter 2014: $3,750
Please see the "Program Costs" link above for an estimate of the total cost including airfare, personal expenses and other items not included in the program fee.

The program fee is collected in two installments:
  • $250 deposit (non-refundable) - Must be paid by applicant online via MyEA.
  • Early Deadline Deposit: Due by September 22nd
  • Winter Deposit: Due by October 22nd or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted after that date.
  • Remainder of program fee - Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration.

Withdrawals and refunds: Refer to our Withdrawal and Refund Policy for information about withdrawing from the program once the deposit has been paid.

NOTE: All University of Maryland faculty-led study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Last Day to Apply Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winterterm 2014 10/15/2013 
Rolling Admission 01/03/2014 01/24/2014

Admission is on a competitive basis, and application review will take place between the October 1 deadline ("last day to apply") and the October 8 decision date. Admissions notifications will be sent on or after the decision date.

This program has a priority application deadline of September 1. Applications that are complete by that date will be reviewed early, and notifications will be sent on or after September 8. Some programs may fill by this priority deadline.

** Admissions for the program are made on a rolling basis and applications will be reviewed in the order that they are completed. Early application is advisable.

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