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Study Abroad: Yale Summer Session in Santiago: Introduction to Observational Astrophysics (ASTR S205)
Santiago, Chile
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Budget: Summer
Quick Facts:
 Type of Activity:
Study Abroad
 Class Standing at Time of Enrollment:
1 first semester freshman, 1.5 second semester freshman, 2 first semester sophomore, 2.5 second semester sophomore, 3 first semester junior, 3.5 second semester junior, 4 first semester senior, 4.5 second semester senior, graduate or professional student, other
 Fields of Study:
Life & Physical Sciences
 Program Language(s):
Program Description:

No longer accepting applications for the 2014 summer.

YSS in Santiago, Chile
ASTR 205: Introduction to Observational Astrophysics
(Group IV, Sc)

Program Dates: Sunday, June 1 - Saturday, July 12, 2014

Prerequisite: A solid background in high school physics and mathematics is strongly recommended.

Expenses: Participants are responsible for all costs of the program. A breakdown of the program budget can be found by clicking on the "Program Budget" link here or at the top of the page.

Funding: Yale students on financial aid are eligible for the International Summer Award (ISA).
(Please be aware the ISA has a cap of $10,000.) Students from other universities should consult their financial aid offices.

Course Description:  This six-week course will be held at the University of Chile as part of the Yale-University of Chile collaboration in astronomy and astrophysics education and research. The course is an introduction to astrophysics and to ground-based observing techniques. Extensive observing using research facilities at the Cerro Calan and Cerro Tololo Observatories. Field trips will be selected from world-famous sites, such as Paranal (the Very Large Telescope), the Atacama (the Atacama Large Millimeter Array), Cerro Pachon (Gemini South Telecope), La Silla and Las Campanas observatories. Students will be able to view the sky through premier telescopes at the clearest observational site in the Southern Hemisphere. 1 Credit

Instructor: José Maza (University of Chile) is a professor in the Yale-Chile collaboration.

Housing Abroad: Students will live in a residence at the University of Chile in the Las Condes neighborhood. Las Condes is one of the most modern and stylish of all Santiago's neighborhoods. Our local coordinator in Santiago will orient students to the local area. Students must leave housing on the last day of the program. Many students travel around Chile or Peru after the program.

Trips & Activities*: Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities planned by the program in and around Santiago. The highlight of the program is the field trip to Atacama Desert in the north of Chile. Because of its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, dry air, and lack of light pollution and radio interference from the very widely spaced cities, the desert is one of the best places in the world to conduct astronomical observations. *Subject to change.

Application Process: Apply through the Center for International Experience website.
Application fee: $55 Application opens: December 15, 2013 Application deadline: February 15, 2014

Airfare: Students are responsible for booking their own airfare to the program location. Students should arrive in Santiago on Sunday, June 1. If students wish to arrive before the check-in date they will be responsible for their own housing for dates prior to the start of the program. Travel arrangements home should be made for Saturday, July 12.

Passport/Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport and researching if a visa is needed. U.S. citizens do not require a visa for this program. However, for U.S. citizens there is a reciprocity fee of USD $160 that must be paid upon arrival in Chile. This one-time charge is good for the duration of the current passport. If a student requires a visa and needs supporting documents from the Study Abroad office, they must give the office at least a week's notice in preparing those documents for them.

Pre-departure Orientation: A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held for this program.

Questions: For course content questions contact the Astronomy Department:  For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff:

Link to the Program's Department page: Exoplants - Yale Astronomy ASTR 205

Click here to view the list of CIPE Residential College Peers: students in your college who have already participated in an international experience.

Astrophysics Santiago

Dates and Deadlines:
Read the program description to learn more about the application process.
Read the program description to learn more about the application process.