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Universidad Mayor
Santiago, Chile; Temuco, Chile (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Year (SH)
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Requirement: 2 years Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Universidad Mayor




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Universidad Mayor (U Mayor) is a young university, founded in 1988.  There are six campuses located in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, as well as a campus located in Temuco in the forested region of southern Chile.  15,000 students are currently studying at U Mayor, 500 of which are international students.        

Academics
The language of instruction at U Mayor is Spanish. Students may take courses in any of the school’s departments:  Medicine, Dentistry, Forestry & Agriculture, Architecture, Psychology, Engineering, Art, Economics and Business, Education, Communications and New Technologies, Biotechnology, and Design. 
Course details can be found through each degree at:  http://www.umayor.cl/catalogo/carreras.php?img=k.  4 week long intensive Spanish courses are available at either campus. 

Housing & Meals
Exchange students may choose to live with a Chilean family, in an apartment, or in one of several student lodging houses (not affiliated with U Mayor). Meals are included with the home stays, and other lodging choices come with kitchens.  
  
Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board to U Mayor.  Home stays cost CLP265,600/month, 3 meals/day included.  Apartments  and student lodging houses cost about CLP139,000/month.  Food costs about CLP210,000.  Visas to study in Chile cost US$100 and requires an FBI background check that takes up to 3 months to process before applying for your visa.  UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program. 

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival at U Mayor.  The minimum full-time load is 180 hours of class per semester (four to five classes), which transfer to 12 UM credits per semester. 

Program Dates
Program dates reflect U Mayor’s southern hemisphere schedule.
Semester 1: late February to July
Semester 2: late July to  December

Santiago and Temuco, Chile
The city
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is located on the Mapocho River.  It is the political, commercial, and financial heart of the nation.  The city was founded in 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia between the hill of Santa Lucia and the Mapocho River; today the city has spread over a broad valley plain and is one of the largest cities in South America.  The snowcapped Andes form a spectacular backdrop to the East.  Buildings from the colonial era remain, but the atmosphere of Santiago is modern.  Spacious parks, plazas, gardens and wide avenues allow for peaceful strolls.  The city is also home to several major sports stadiums, hotspots during the soccer season.
Temuco
Temuco is located 430 miles south of Santiago, and is found in a beautifully forested region of Chile.  The region has a high population of Chile’s indigenous people, the Mapuche.   
The Andes provide outdoor adventures galore, with choices including hiking, trekking, climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, and skiing.  Chile offers the best of all worlds, beaches and mountains, active volcanoes, fjords, and glaciers.      

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Spanish
Language Requirement:  Two  years college-level Spanish prior to exchange
University website:  www.umayor.cl
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Santiago and Temuco at a Glance
Population
Santiago: 7,200,000
Temuco: 300,000

Climate
Warm days and cool nights most of the year (altitude of 1,700 ft)

Proximity to
Valparaiso:  60 miles
Talca: 239 miles
Buenos Aires:703 miles
Temuco:433 miles

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/20/2015 07/01/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.
Year (SH) 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/20/2015 12/01/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.