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.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
- Students planning to take courses taught in Spanish are required to have taken SPAN 309 or equivalent prior to departure.
UDD offers courses in Spanish and English. The university offers a Spanish language course (approximate cost of $300USD) on the Santiago campus. When using the Course Catalog below, be sure to search by the campus you intend on attending and note the language of instruction of each class offered
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
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 course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at UDD. The range of equivalence of 30 ECTS is between 45 to 50 UDD credits approximately.
2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Universidad del Desarrollo.
|6.0 - 7 Muy Bueno (Very Good)
|5.0 - 5.9 Bueno (Good)
|4.0 - 4.9 Suficiente (Sufficient)
|0 - 3.9 Insuficiente (Insufficient)
The academic calendar at UDD varies slightly from the Mason academic calendar. Fall semester courses begin in early August and ends in December; spring semester courses begin in early March and end in July.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
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.
This 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. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
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.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.