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Chile & Argentina Winter Program

 Faculty Leaders: Dr. Lola Norris & Dr. James Norris

Program Dates: December 27, 2013 – January 15, 2014

Program Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is offering a two and a half week study abroad program in Chile & Argentina.  The program will focus on Spanish literature, Spanish Culture, and Political Science.  Students studying literature will develop a deeper analysis of Chilean and Argentinian authors through lectures and guided site visits. For students studying political science, they will experience firsthand political democratic systems of Chile and Argentina. Students attending this program will gain greater knowledge of global issues that face the world by exploration and examination of lives, culture, history, politics, political institutions, language, and literature of Latin America.

During the program, students will study in classrooms in Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Among other sites of interest, field excursions include a variety of boat and city tours, Archealogical Museum Fonck, Parliament, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, a guided tour of the Presidential Palace, National Museum of History and Paseo Ahumada, La Chascona, and a vineyard tour with lunch in Barrio Vellavista. Included in the program estimated cost of $3,500 are all scheduled program activities, housing, 3 meals/day while with host families and breakfast daily while at hotels, transportation, admissions fees and guide fee. (Program Flyer)





Detailed Program Information

Saturday, December28


Arrive to Santiago, Chile in the morning

Transfer to hotel in Valparaiso

Chile orientation

Sunday, December 29


Valparaiso City Tour, including: La Sebastiana (Neruda’s House & Open Sky Museum) Walking tour of cerros and graffiti (Paseo Gervasoni, Cerros Alegre and Concepción)

Monday, December 30

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Class meeting

Tour of downtown Viña Archealogical Museum Fonck

Visit beach of Reneca and Sand Dunes

Tuesday, December 31

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Class meeting

Wednesday, January 1

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Free Day

Thursday, January 2

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Class meeting

Parliament Building

Plaza Sotomayor, Boat tour and Cerro Artilleria

Friday, January 4


Vineyard tour and lunch in Barrio Bellavista

La Chascona

Sunday, January 5


Central Market

Plaza de Armas, Precolombian Art Museum (if open)

National Museum of History and Paseo Ahumada

Monday, January 6



Class meeting

Guided  tour of Presidential Palace, La Moneda

Museum of the Memory and Human Rights

Tuesday, January 7


Class meeting

Cerro Santa Lucia

Wednesday, January 8


Bus transportation to Santiago airport

Fly to Buenos Aires

Transfer to hotel in Belgrano

Argentina orientation

Thursday, January 9

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Museo del BicentenarioMadres de Plaza de Mayo – Palacio Barolo

Friday, January 10

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Plaza San Martin

Saturday, January 11

Buenos Aires

Free day

Sunday, January 12

Buenos Aires

City Tour of Recoleta , Congreso, Nacional, San Telmo, La Boca, & Puerto Madero.

Free afternoon for Shopping in the fairs of San Telmo or Recoleta.

Monday, January 13

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

El Ateneo BookstoreMuseo de Bellas Artes

Tuesday, January 14

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) and Rosedal Farewell Dinner

Wednesday, January 15

Buenos Aires

Free morning

Early evening transfer to airport to return to U.S.



Students will stay in hotels and with host families.

Program Cost

The estimated program cost is $ 3,500. This excludes the roundtrip airfare, Visa fees and TAMIU tuition/fees.

Timetable for Applications and Payment

October 15

Deadline for study abroad application and $200 non-refundable fee

November 22

Mandatory Orientation: Travel, travel documents, culture, health, safety and tips

December 1 Program Payment Due

Application Process

  • Turn in your TAMIU study abroad application and process the application fee by the stated deadline
  • Apply for any of the TAMIU study abroad scholarships for which you qualify
  • The financial aid budget form will be sent to the Office of Financial Aid
  • Complete and turn in your Waiver and Liability Packet by Friday, November 22nd

Study Abroad Scholarships

TAMIU/OSA offers two scholarships for study abroad.  Qualified TAMIU students may complete their application and supporting documents and submit them to OSA together with their study abroad application.  You will be notified via email of your award and the award disbursement date.

Course Information

Students will enroll in one or two courses:

Undergraduate students –

SPAN 3390: Spanish and Culture for the Professionals

SPAN 4173-4473: Undergraduate Research

SPAN 4340: Special Topics in Spanish American Literature and Culture

SPAN 4371: Hispanic Culture

HUM 4173-4473: Undergraduate Research

PSCI 3308: Latin American Political Systems

PSCI 4390: Undergraduate Research in Political Science


Graduate students – 

SPAN 5347: Topic in Spanish American Literature

SPAN 5350: Professional Paper

PSCI 5373: Advanced Seminar in Latin American Politics

PSCI 5310: Directed Research in Political Science


Program Requirements

Students must have been approved by Dr. Lola Norris (SPAN and HUM) or by Dr. James Norris (PSCI) for acceptance into the program.


Withdrawal from a study abroad program must be made in writing to OSA. The application fee of $200 is non-refundable, unless TAMIU cancels the program. After this, TAMIU will refund recoverable tuition and costs as determined by OSA. Refunds will be calculated from the date OSA is notified in writing of your intent to withdraw. TAMIU is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by students, including but not limited to passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.

*TAMIU reserves the right to make changes to this itinerary as deemed appropriate by the program director due to unforeseen circumstances. However, every effort will be made to adhere to the itinerary as closely as possible

**TAMIU reserves the right to adjust program fees or cancel any program without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide information on cancellations in a timely manner. In the event of cancellation, TAMIU will refund application fees and recoverable program fees.




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