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Welcome to the LaGuardia Chile Study Abroad Website. This website is designed for students who are interested in participating in the program in Fall II 2013. It also serves as a resource for those educators interested in developing their own study abroad opportunities. Finally, it is a way for members of LaGuardia and the Universidad Central de Santiago Chile to become informed about the program and its participants. Please take a little time and see what you can learn.
LaGCC Chile Study Abroad students must complete applications and submit them to Professors Sternbach and Fernandez by July 16th, 2012 for the Fall II term. Completed application consists of: transcript, statement of purpose, three letters of academic recommendation, doctors medical certificate, signed code of conduct agreement, completed emergency card, photocopies of your passport and visa, and signed waiver. Visit the Apply page for more information.
As a LaGuardia Community College Chile Study Abroad Student you will travel with Professor Scott Sternbach and Professor Hugo Fernandez that will include a tour of Patagonia and will include a visit to Santiago and locations in south/central Chile for four weeks. Chile students are now being considered for this journey too. During your stay in Chile, you will pay LaGCC tuition, remain matriculated at LaGCC and receive LaGCC credit for your classes, which allows you to maintain your complete financial aid package. Students enroll into two – three credit courses for both trips. With Professor Sternbach, you will be ta taking two photo courses. Orientation sessions will be held in Fall I 2012. Faculty will assist you in the registration process, as well as with all your administrative and academic concerns. The Office of International Connections will also serve as the liaison and aid with all concerns, such as visas, etc.
Santiago,Valparaiso, Patagonia, and Chile
Photography and Sociology
For a list of courses visit LaGCC’s website of course listings at: http://web.laguardia.edu/schedules/. The Dean of the LaGCC determines the awarding of credit for courses taken by LaGCC students.
Students may attend 1 semester:1st term (Fall II term): January - February 2013.Please view the LaGCC academic calendar here.Note: International students attend a special program of orientation before classes begin. Orientation is a way for you to learn about the education and services offered by the university. You are encouraged to attend.
Overall cost approximately $2,500 for room and board, and supplies. The grant covers $2,600 of airfare, some local travel and insurance. Entertainment/local travel: not included. Please note: figures listed are estimates only and subject to change.
LaGCC requires that you have health insurance and accident coverage during your period of enrollment in the exchange program. All students admitted to the LaGCC Study Abroad Program who qualify will be provided with travel insurance. You will receive further details about insurance in your admission materials.
A student visa is required for students who are United States citizens. Students who are not U.S.citizens should contact the nearest Consulate General of Chile to see whether or not a visa is necessary. Instructions for how to obtain a student visa can be found at the Consulate General of Chile’s website: www.chileny.com . You may also call 212-980-3366 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions. You must register with the Policia Internacional within 30 days of your arrival in Chile. Please contact us if you have any questions about the student visa application process.
The Fall II group will travel with Professor Scott Sternbach and Professor Hugo Fernandez to Patagonia and other City for four-five weeks in January - February 2013. The Patagonia travels may include time in Chilean cities, Pumalin Park, El Chalten and Tierra del Fuego. While there, students will explore the fjords of Patagonia by boat, and pristine mountain and river valley ecosystems while hiking and on bus rides. The Patagonia group will be the guests of Doug and Kris Tompkins, owners of Pumalin Park and other conservation projects in southern Chile.Learn more about these sites:
During your stay in Chile, you will pay LaGCC tuition, remain matriculated at LaGCC and receive LaGCC credit for your classes, which allows you to maintain your complete financial aid package. Students enroll into two – three credit courses, in photography or independent study equivalent.
Courses will be conducted by Professor Sternbach . Orientation sessions will be held in Fall I 2012. He will assist you in the registration process, as well as with all your administrative and academic concerns. The Office of International Connections will also serve as the liaison and aid with all concerns, such as visas, etc.
LaGuardia Community College Photography Program Director
I have been interested in photography from a very early age. The fact that my great grandfather and grandfather were both avid photographers most likely inspired me to begin taking photographs by the time I was 10 years old. I had a darkroom at 11 and had income in my early teens shooting slides of artwork for artists. After studying with Arnold Gassan at Ohio University I returned to New York and studied with Lisette Model at The New School for Social Research. Over the course of the past 30 years, my work has been published in The New York Times, Swiss Jazz Magazine, and New York Magazine, and has also been featured in 60 credits on CD and record jackets, and in numerous editorial spreads. I have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the American Cultural Center, in Senegal, Dakar and am in the permanent archive of Walt Disney Studios.
I have also traveled extensively to document undiscovered places in Mexico, remote areas of the Yukon Territory, Alaska, Costa Rica and most recently, the Antarctic. I was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers grant in May of 2008. The work produced from my 3 month residency in Antarctica is now in production and has been exhibited as 40 large format prints at LaGuardia College Atrium Gallery CUNY. I have presented the work in lecture format to the passengers on board the National Geographic Endeavour, for students at Yeshiva University, for CUNY faculty and a variety of local venues. Selections from the Antarctic project were included in “Finding Work” a group exhibition curated by Keith Miller at Gallatin Gallery (NYU) In November 2009. The Antarctic project currently on exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History through January 2011 and will travel the world for ten years thereafter. I have self published a monograph of the work titled Antarctic Souls and the book is available upon request.
LaGuardia Community College Professor of Art and Photography
Hugo Fernandez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He received his Associates in Communication from Miami Dade Community College, his Bachelors in Fine Art Photography from Florida International University (FIU), and his Masters in Fine Art Photography from Yale School of Art. In 1989 he traveled to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile with a group of students from FIU, led by Dr. Constantin Manolo Torres, the foremost authority on Pre-Columbian woodcarvings of the Atacama people. While there, he worked on an archeological dig and on editing the work of the German photographer Robert Gerstmann, who had left a collection of photographs and negatives in the Museo Archeologico with his good friend, the father R.P. Le Paige. Professor Fernandez subsequently brought 50 negatives from the Gerstmann collection to F.I.U., where he printed copies for the Museo and FIU.
Hugo has lived and worked in New York City since 1993. He has taught at La Guardia Community College (LaGCC) since 1994. Besides teaching photography and art survey courses, he has worked in the not-for-profit world managing programs for Learning Through Art/The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program and the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. He is currently a full-time lecturer at LaGCC.