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University of Magallanes, Chile (Exchange)

The Program

The Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG) is located in the Magellan and Chilean Antarctic Region of Chilean Patagonia. UMAG has relationships with over 30 universities and institutes from around the globe. Many scholars come to UMAG umagwith interests in marine scinces, natural resources, and glaciology. Scholarship and research at UMAG focuses on the extreme austral tip of the Americas, inlcuing Patagonia, the Sub-Antarctic Archipelago, and Antarctica. The University works with the Institute of Patagonia, the antarctic Programs Center, the Center for Quaternary Students in Fuego-Patagonia, and the Omora Ethnobiotanical park.

The main campus is located in Puerto Natales. Puerto Natales is the capital of the Province of Ultima Esperanza (“Last Hope”), one of the four provinces that make up the Region de Magallanes y de la Antartica Chilena, in the southernmost part of Chile. A city of aproximately 20,000 people, the area is home to a growing eco-tourism trade.

The Academics

Students will enroll as a visiting student. Students typically register for 12 credits. With the exception of some classes within the Education school, all courses are taught in Spanish.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title  Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Date of Accreditation
ENVE 3995 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering n/a Gestion Ambiental 3 5/3/13
HIST 3993 Foreign Study n/a History of Chile 3 5/7/13
MARN 2002 Coastal Systems Science I n/a Ciclos Biogeoquimicos Marinos 3 5/8/13

The Experience

UConn students will will receive assistance from the international office at the University in finding off-campus accommodations. There is amble housing close to campus that is very affordable.

The Department of University Extension at UMAG sponsors community service and citycultural activities at the loval elementary and high school that students may which to participate in. There are numerous cultural activies held on campus throughout the semester. In addition, there are university choral groups and a folk-dance and theater company. The University Student at the Universidad de Magallanes normally live at home or find their own accomodations near campus.

In the region one can visit The Magallanes Forest Reserve, Ski Cerro Mirador, Isla Magdalena Natural Monument, and the Seno Otway Penguin Colony.


Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Engineering, History, Humanities, Kinesiology, Latin American Studies, Nursing, Sciences, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Education
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3