The Federico Santa Maria Technical University, also called Santa Maria University, is one of the most famous engineering universities in all of Latin America. The educational approach at the university melds technical expertise with economic and business coursework to graduate students with the expertise to approach the job market creatively and practically. It is located in Valparaiso, Chile, which is not far from the beach at Vina del Mar.
Students must have completed 45 credits overall. Students must also meet the following requirements:
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure
- Discuss with the GEO program administrator and major adviser if they want to do the program the last semester of their senior year
- If a transfer student, it must not be your first semester at Mason. This does not include if you started classes in the summer (the first semester must be a Fall or Spring semester).
|UTFSM University Grade
|6.00 - 7.00
|4.50 - 5.99
|4.00 - 4.49
|0 - 3.99
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time UTFSM. 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 above regarding how grades are converted at UTFSM.
Choosing Courses Abroad
Below are a list of English courses taught at Santa Maria University. You may also be eligible to take classes in Spanish.
UTFSM English Courses
You may also be eligible to get internship credit from a research assistantship. Check for more information here
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 participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
UTFSM does not offer on-campus housing. They have a robust team ready to help you find housing with another international student, an apartment near campus, or a homestay. Check here
for more information.
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.
A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $325 (for semester length programs) or $525 (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.
Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
Students with financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Aid) will automatically be considered for a travel grant up to $750. Students will be contacted by their program officer after the application deadline to let them know if they have been selected.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships
. All Mason students are welcome to apply.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits:
Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Refund and Cancellation Policy.
Fall/Academic Year: Early/Mid March
Spring/Calendar Year: Early/Mid October
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. Students will be informed about the procedure after submitting their application.