Study Abroad Program

Santiago, Chile; Universidad Mayor-Spring 2013



The Basics

Universidad Mayor is a private higher education institution, founded in 1988.
The institutional mission statement reads: “Universidad Mayor is a higher education institution, open and independent, committed to the training of professionals as educated citizens and entrepreneurs, as well as to the preservation and dissemination of scholar knowledge, within the context of a global world, all of which is geared towards the benefit of society and the progress of the nation.”  Within this frame, Universidad Mayor takes on the responsibility to:   

 *Provide high quality education to its students at the undergraduate level

*Encourage an attitude of innovation, leadership, international insertion and respect for           cultural diversity in the educational experience of its students

*Implement activities which contribute to the national community, respecting regulations of   scientific rigor, within the cultural, educational, social and economic areas

Website for La Universidad Mayor:

Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile. It is located in the country's central valley at an elevation of about 1,706 ft. above mean sea level.  Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America’s most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. It has a very modern transportation infrastructure, including the steadily growing underground Santiago Metro.  Santiago is the regional headquarters to many multinationals and a financial center.

Program Description:

Participants must register for a full program of courses (15-16 credits).  Their registration process will take place in Missoula and will be closely planned by the student in consultation with the Program Director to insure that all credits earned in Chile will count towards the student’s study and graduation plans.  Participants do NOT need to be Spanish majors or minors.


Director 2010: Professor Clary Loisel

Languages & Literatures The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812

Office: L.A. 428, phone 243-2150.


Application Deadline: Wednesday September 5th, 2012.

Appllication for Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad Information


*Students MUST have completed a minimum of three semesters of Spanish or the equivalent prior to departure with a grade of B or better.

*ALL students MUST present proof of Health Insurance verifying effective and appropriate abroad coverage.  Students not registered in the UM Insurance Plan MUST provide a copy of their insurance.  Insurance plans MUST comply with UM minimum coverage requirements.

*All students MUST sign a student contract which defines the Director’s and the UM expectations in terms of academic and ethical responsibilities while abroad.

*All students MUST participate in regular group activities but ample time will be made available for pursuing individual interests.  During February students will be given free time to travel on their own.

Orientation course:

Orientation Courses: All students MUST register for MCLG 391 Tuesday/Thursday 2:10-3:00 AND SPNS 191 Tuesday 3:40-4:30 for fall 2012.  Both courses are taught by Professor Loisel and will prepare students to maximize their study abroad experience.

Other UM courses typically credited in Spanish

Spanish 202 Intermediate Spanish (4 cr)    Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Spanish 331 Intro. to Latin Amer. Lit (3 cr)

Spanish 301 Written/Oral Expression (3 cr)  Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â    Â Â Â  Spanish 391 Special Topics (up to 9 cr)

Spanish 308 Intensive Spanish Abroad (up to 9 cr)  Â Â Â Â Â  Spanish 408 Advance Grammar (3 cr)

Spanish 321 Advanced Conversation (3 cr)    Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Spanish 450 Latin American Lit.  Â  (3 cr)


Courses (offerings may vary):



Student’s Health Insurance: Proof of health and accident insurance is required, verifying effective coverage. Students not on the U.M. insurance plan need to provide letters from their companies guaranteeing that they are covered while studying abroad.


All students participating in UM-sponsored study abroad programs are required to maintain health insurance coverage valid internationally throughout the entire study abroad period. UM's minimum coverage requirements are as follows:


  • Medical Expense Benefit: $ 100,000
  • Medical Evacuation: $ 50,000
  • Repatriation: $ 15,000


Information about how students may meet the insurance requirements can be found on the Office of International Programs website at:


Student contract: Defines conditions for remaining in good standing. Students agree to pay the tuition and fees as defined, come through with the formal responsibilities of the program, and so on.

Included is an agreement not to arrange visits by family and friends in Chile during the program.


Travel to and from Chile

Group departure: .


Program fees apart from air fare and UM tuition

Estimated Costs: $3850

*This estimate is based on 10 students participating in the program; every effort will be made to keep the estimate from increasing.  If enrollment is over 10, the total estimate should decrease.  However, possible fluctuations in market forces may affect the estimated total upward.

*This amount covers Universidad Mayor tuition, transportation services, program coordination, honorarium for Universidad Mayor staff for weekend field trips, and homestays (2 meals per day).

*In addition, all students MUST pay their regular UM tuition.  Regular fee waivers, scholarships, and financial aid apply.  In some cases the Financial Aid Office can work with students to increase their aid.  *Students will also make their own arrangements for transportation to and from Santiago, Chile.  Moreover, there is an entrance fee of about $140 to enter Chile.  Students must pay their own entry fees into museums and other places of interest during an excursion.  Students should also expect to be assessed a fee to transfer funds between Missoula and Santiago.  All incidental expenses are the student’s responsibility.

*Students should plan to pay $3850 to UM Financial Services in December 2012 who will then wire the money to the Universidad Mayor in Santiago. 


Available Scholarships:

  • Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures scholarships
  • Latin American Studies scholarships (for LAS Minors)                          


For the program calendar, the University will require full deposit around December 15th.

* This can fluctuate up or down due to the instability of the dollar.