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Chile & Argentina Winter Program

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

Program Dates: December 27, 2014 - January 15, 2015

Program Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is offering a two and a half week study abroad program in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.  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 the 3 countries. 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 $3,900 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 cost excludes airfare, visa fees and TAMIU tuition and fees. (Program Flyer)





Detailed Program Information

Saturday, December 27


Arrive to Santiago, Chile in the morning

Transfer to hotel in Valparaiso

Chile orientation

Sunday, December 28


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 29

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Class meeting

Tour of downtown Viña and Mapuche Ruca

Visit beach of Reñaca and Sand Dunes

Tour at Teatro Municipal de Viña

Tuesday, December 30

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Class meeting

Parliament Building

Plaza Sotomayor, Boat tour and Cerro Artilleria

Wednesday, December 31

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Free Day

Thursday, January 1

Valparaiso/Viña del Mar

Free Day

Friday, January 2


Class Meeting

Cerro Santa Lucia

Saturday, January 3


Vineyard Tour Cousiño Macul

Lunch at Barrio Bellavista

Museum of the Memory and Human Rights

Sunday, January 4



Plaza de Armas, Precolombian Art Museum

National Museum of History and Paseo Ahumada

Guided  tour of Presidential Palace, La Moneda

Monday, January 5

Santiago/Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Depart to Argentina

Transfer to hotel in Belgrano

Argentina orientation

Tuesday, January 6

Buenos Aires

Class Meeting

Wednesday, January 7

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Museo del BicentenarioMadres de Plaza de Mayo – Palacio Barolo

Thursday, January 8

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Plaza San Martin

El Ateneo Bookstore

Friday, January 9

Buenos Aires

Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA)


Saturday, January 10

Buenos Aires/Colonia

Excursion to Colonia, Uruguay

Sunday, December 11

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

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 12

Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Recoleta, MNBA and Floralis Generica

Tuesday, January 13
Buenos Aires

Class meeting

Museo del Bicentenario, Plaza de Mayo, & Metropolitan Cathedral

Farewell Dinner

Wednesday, January 14

Buenos Aires

Free morning

Transfer to airport to return to U.S.



Students will stay in hotels and with host families.

Program Cost

The estimated program cost is $ 3,900. This excludes the roundtrip airfare, visa fees and TAMIU tuition/fees.

Timetable for Applications and Payment

October 1

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

November 5 Program Payment Due

November 21

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

Application Process

  • Turn in your TAMIU study abroad application and fee by October 1st
  • Apply for any of the TAMIU study abroad scholarships by October 15th
  • The financial aid budget form will be sent by OSA to the Office of Financial Aid
  • Complete and turn in your Waiver and Liability Packet by December 1st

Study Abroad Scholarships

TAMIU offers two scholarships for study abroad. Qualified TAMIU students may complete their application and supporting documents and submit them to OSA. 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 4371: Hispanic Culture

PSCI 3308: Latin American Political Systems

PSCI 4390: Undergraduate Research in Political Science

Graduate students – 

LLTR 5382

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. Refunds will be based on the dates stated on your Study Abroad Program Payment Form. 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.