I have a dual major in German and Spanish and for each of my majors I have to spend a separate semester abroad. I already fulfilled my study abroad requirement for German and now am on the way to doing the same for my Spanish major. Though the process of setting up a semester in Chile is a bit more complicated than the larger study abroad programs, I chose Chile for a number of reasons. Nazareth has what’s called a “Memorandum of Understanding" with the Universidad de Concepción (UdeC) which makes it easier to transfer credits. I also became friends with a Chilean student who came to Nazareth so I know someone down there. A couple Naz students have already been to UdeC and the one I spoke to said it was a great experience. Throughout high school I had much more exposure to Latin American Spanish than Castillian Spanish and thus am more accustomed to it. Finally, because I've never been to South America and I would like to see what it's like living there for a few months.
At this point I have already been accepted to the Universidad de Concepción, booked a flight and made an appointment at the Chilean embassy in Manhattan to get a Student Visa. The semester starts March 15 but I have to be there the week before to sign up for classes.
Now all that is left for me to do is get my passport stamped, pack my things, and go. Can't wait.