During the 2017-2018 school year graduate students will travel to Chile in South America for 10 days from Thursday February, 22nd to Sunday, March 4th, 2018.  Our faculty trip leader Tom Hanson, along with our professional trip guide and interpreter Sheila Overson Schiller are excited to talk with interested students about the trip. If you are interested in the trip, contact Tom Hanson at 651-248-1805 or hanson@csp.edu as soon as possible.  Chile Itinerary (Draft)

CSP students at SGS - Chile Laboratory - World's leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification labs.

CSP students at SGS – Chile Laboratory – World’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification labs.

Listening to a presentation on Chile's economy at Principal Financial

Listening to a presentation on Chile’s economy at Principal Financial

Trip Highlights:

We will fly to Santiago, Chile, the capitol city, and spend most of the trip there visiting businesses, governmental, and cultural sites. Visiting the historic coastal city of Valparaiso will be part of our itinerary. Side trips to mountain hot springs and famous Chilean vineyards also are planned.

You will be visiting several U.S. and Chilean companies to learn how business is done there and to broaden your perspective on the global economy. Business visits will reflect the interest of the students and we will incorporate your field of study into the trip. The trip will be a great mix of business, culture and pleasure as we explore this beautiful part of South America. You will come home with a broader global awareness and great memories as well.

We will be taking 15 students and students will be accepted for the trip in the order they fill out the application and upon receipt of the trip deposit. Additional students will be placed on a waiting list. (We reserve the right to gender balance in order to fill rooms with double occupancy.)

Quotes from Chile participants

CSP group on graffiti steps in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

CSP group on graffiti steps in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“The study abroad trip to Chile that included visiting both local and global businesses was a key turning point in my leadership growth and helped me better realize the global impact that we as leaders can have. Substituting this trip for the Topics in Global Management class was an easy decision, as the businesses we visited offered key learning experiences that we wouldn’t have received in class.”  -Julie Marti (MBA, ’16)


“Once we arrived, I began my journey with a whole new paradigm. I no longer saw a poor country with an odd infrastructure. I was able to see it from a cultural, economic and historic point of view and instantly appreciated its people, culture and environment.”  – Mike Walz (MBA, ’14)

Academic Credit Information

See the Graduate Travel Course Equivalent page for more information about the course substitution specific to your graduate program. Our travel courses are multi-disciplinary and we encourage students from a diverse set of programs to travel and learn together. The emphasis of the trip reflects the faculty who are co-teaching the course.

Students should register for their Global Study Travel seminar by registering for GST 597 Chile (CRN 26276).  Students will need to work with academic advisors to drop the current non-travel course for which the Travel Course replaces. Once registered for the course, students will be billed for the additional course during the semester the travel occurs.

Program Cost

$2,500.00 per person (does not include cost of academic course or airfare; estimated airfare cost is $1,100-1,400 round trip departing from MSP) 

What’s included in the program fee?

  • All in-country transportation
  • Accommodation in double occupancy rooms
  • Many excursions/entrance fees
  • Breakfast each morning and four group meals
  • iNext International Insurance
  • Faculty leader support

This cost does not include the cost of the academic course or airfare.  You are responsible for purchasing your own airfare. Please wait to purchase your airfare until you receive the departure and arrival information sheet from the study abroad office. You are also responsible for most lunches and dinners, optional excursions, spending money, and free time activities.

Additional Details

  • Deposit of $500 (non-refundable) and a completed online registration form reserves your place on the trip. All deposits and registration forms are due no later than December 15th, 2017.
  • The balance for the trip must be paid by January 12th, 2018.
  • You MUST have a valid passport before leaving. Your passport must be current for 6 months past the date you return from the trip.
  • Please wait to purchase airfare until you receive a departure and arrival information sheet from the study abroad office after the deadline passes.
  • The dress code for visiting with institutions is business casual.  As we travel, we are ambassadors not only of the United States, but also Concordia, therefore the necessity to present ourselves in a professional manner.

There are 2 mandatory meetings (on campus or via WebEx)

  • Pre-Trip Meeting – specific date TBD
  • Approximately one month after return: Post trip reflection, specific date TBD

Required paperwork

  1. Online registration form filled out by December 15, 2017
  2. Passport copy (after acceptance)
  3. Assumption of Risk, Release and Participation Agreement (after acceptance)
  4. Health and Safety Information Form (emergency contact information and health insurance information) (after acceptance)

Complete all required paperwork in your study abroad applicant home page. We look forward to visiting with you and helping you sign up for this trip!  Feel free to contact Professor Hanson or the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions about the process or the trip.

Tom Hanson
Faculty trip leader
or 651-248-1805
C.A.L.L. Center
Study Abroad Office