Program Details

Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) has campuses in both Santiago, the capital city of Chile, and Concepción, the most important city in the south of Chile. Each campus has a unique character and an important presence in the community.
Location:
Concepcion, Chile; Santiago, Chile
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) has campuses in both Santiago, the capital city of Chile, and Concepción, the most important city in the south of Chile. Each campus has a unique character and an important presence in the community. Students can choose to study at either city. Santiago is a large cosmopolitan city in privileged geographic location. Just a bit more than an hour away you can be skiing at one of the famous winter resorts or surfing on one of Chile’s renowned beaches. The Santiago campus also has more options in English. If you're interested in a more laid-back experience, you should consider Concepción which known for having an intense artistic and cultural environment and is a very walkable city. 

 

Program Details

Universidad del Desarrollo is a Bilateral Exchange Program - Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. 

Eligibility

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
  • Students are required to have taken SPAN 309 or equivalent prior to departure.

Credits Offered

  • Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester
  • Letter grade received must be equivalent to a "C" or above
  • Courses are transfer credit; will not factor into the GPA of the participant
  • Passing Grade for UDD: 4 

Choosing Courses Abroad

This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that 1) you will have to be enrolled full-time while abroad, and 2) similarly to Mason, course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

  • Course Catalog
  • Spanish Language Course (only available in Santiago Campus)
    • This course has a cost of approximately $300 USD. It comes with 8 UDD credits and lasts the entire semester.

Housing

The International Relations Office at UDD provides information, contacts, and advising for students, assisting them in finding the best housing in either Santiago or Concepción during their stay. Students may live in university residence halls, shared apartments, or family housing.

  • Housing at UDD

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Chile's website for further information. Please note that the process for acquiring a visa for Chile is a lengthy and detailed one. You will need to get a background check so it is important that you begin this process immediately upon acceptance into your program.

  • Embassy of Chile's website 

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes

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