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Universidad de Talca
Curico, Chile; Santiago, Chile; Talca, Chile (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Year (SH)
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Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Requirement: 2 years Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Universidad de Talca



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Universidad de Talca (UT), was founded in 1981, and it has expanded significantly since then with a main campus in Talca, and satellites in Curico, and Santiago.  There are 7,000 students studying a multitude of subjects.
 
Academics
The language of instruction at UT is Spanish.  Students at the Talca campus study Legal and Social Sciences, Forestry, Agriculture, Business, Health & Psychology, and Music, Architecture, & Design.  The Curico campus, just  50 kilometers north of Talca, specializes in Engineering, and the Santiago campus houses the Faculty of Social and Judiciary Sciences.  Course plans can be found through each degree icon at:  http://admision.utalca.cl/#/.
Graduate programs include International Business, Educational Management and Policy, Natural Science Education, and Horticulture. 

Housing & Meals
There are no university residences at UT, however the housing office helps students to find housing (either apartments or hostels) through the following website: http://pensiones.utalca.cl/ .
Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board in Talca, Curico, or Santiago.  The average cost for accommodations range at each campus, however CLP100,000 per month is a good estimate.  Food costs about CLP210,000 per month. A visa to study in Chile costs US$100 and requires an FBI background check that takes up to 3 months to process before applying for the 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 UT.  The minimum full-time load is 180 hours of class per semester (four to five classes), which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester. 

Program Dates
Program dates reflect UT’s southern hemisphere schedule.
Semester 1: March to July
Semester 2: August to late December


Talca, Curico, and Santiago, Chile
The Cities
Talca:
The city of Talca, located in central Chile, is the capital of the Maule Region.  It has great historical importance as the site where Bernardo O’Higgins proclaimed independence for Chile in 1818.  The area is also famous for its delicious fruits. 
Curico:
Located just 50 kilometers north of Talca, Curico is a progressive small city in Chile, nicknamed, “city of cakes”, for its delicious sweet specialty.  There are many beautiful attractions inside the city.  Don’t miss the Iglesia San Francisco, or the many cherry and apple orchards.  
Santiago:
Santiago is the capital city of Chile, and one of the biggest South American cities.  Museums, arts, and food are never in short supply in this exhilarating city.  The unique Chilean cuisine of the Bellavista area is a taste not to be missed.  The Andes mountains, nearby all three cities, provide outdoor activities galore, including trekking, kayaking, climbing, horseback riding, and skiing.  Chile offers the best of all worlds, beaches and mountains, volcanoes and glaciers, and more!  
    
Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Spanish
Language Requirement: Two  years college-level Spanish prior to exchange
University website:  www.utalca.cl
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Talca and Curico at a Glance
Population
Talca: 193,755
Curico: 120,000
Santiago: 7,200,000

Climate
Warm summers and cold winters.  Temperatures vary from 0°C to 28°C throughout the year. 

Proximity to
Valparaiso: 340 km
Santiago: 269 km
Cencepción: 234 km
Curico: 50 km

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 03/01/2015 07/20/2015
 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 03/01/2015 12/20/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.