Category Archives: South America

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South America

Latin America History The history of Latin America began when Columbus, in an attempt to reach India by sailing west in 1492, reached the Caribbean. Over the next few decades, the Spaniards established themselves on several Caribbean islands; the first real colony, Santo Domingo, was established on Hispaniola in 1496. With the Spanish discoveries in… Read More »

Brazil Market Opportunities

Brazil ended the first quarter of 2021 with very mixed economic results, as timid signs of economic recovery collided with investor concerns caused by the instability of the political environment. Disputes between the federal government and the governments of the BFR states regarding the methods of combating the covid-19 pandemic and their intensity are not… Read More »

Peru Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Language Overview Official languages ​​are Spanish and Quechua. Aymará is partially spoken. English is also spoken in many holiday areas. Public Holidays 01/01/2022 New Year 04/14/2022 Maundy Thursday 04/15/2022 Good Friday 05/01/2022 Labor Day 06/29/2022 Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul 07/28/2022 Independence Day celebrations 08/30/2022 Day of Saint Rose of Lima 10/08/2022 Battle… Read More »

Paraguay Shopping, Embassy and Communication

Language Overview The official languages ​​are Spanish and Guarani. English is less commonly spoken. Public Holidays 01/01/2022 New Year 03/01/2022 Heroes Day 04/15/2022 Good Friday 04/17/2022 Easter Sunday 05/01/2022 Labor Day 05/15/2022 Independence Day 06/12/2022 Chaco Memorial Day 08.12.2022 Immaculate conception 12/25/2022 Christmas Source: Duty free shopping Overview The following items may be brought… Read More »

University of Caxias do Sul

University of Caxias do Sul. It is a higher education institution in the northeast region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. It is the largest in number of students in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Historical review The implementation of the first higher education courses in Caxias do Sul occurred during the 1950s,… Read More »

Italians in Brazil – Number and distribution

The figures of the Brazilian census of 1920 find sufficient confirmation in an inductive calculation made on the basis of our statistics and which, starting from the number of arrivals, deducts from these the repatriated and re-emigrated and the dead. According to this census there were 558,405 first generation Italians in that year, divided as… Read More »

Argentina Urban Centers

The urban phenomenon is recent; no city predates the white conquest; the first days of the colonial era are characterized by the foundation of cities which for many years have borne this name without deserving it and are the capitals of almost all the provinces. But the greatest progress in terms of number, residents, constitution… Read More »

ORT Uruguay University

ORT Uruguay University (ORT). It is the largest private university in Uruguay. It has 5 centers (4 faculties and 1 institute) organized on 2 campuses, more than 22,000 m2 dedicated to academic activity and more than 12,000 students. History It is a tertiary education institution founded in 1942 as the Uruguayan ORT Association, a non-profit… Read More »

Bolivia Climate

The climate of Bolivia is still very briefly known, since only for La Paz and Cochabamba, both cities located on the plateau, there is a sufficient series of meteorological observations. So for most of the Bolivian regions our climate knowledge is based only on data reported by travelers. Following the classification of climates proposed by… Read More »

Traveling in Brazil

Airplane: Due to the long distances in Brazil, occasional flights may be necessary, some of which cost little more than a long-haul bus. If you plan on taking multiple flights, the Brasil Airpass will likely save you money. For peak times – from Christmas to Mardi Gras, Easter, July and August – you should book… Read More »

Facts of Argentina

Read more about vaccinations, climate, transport, price levels and more in connection with your trip to Argentina. Language: Spanish Capital: Buenos Aires Population: 43, 4 mill. Religion: Catholicism Currency: Peso Surface: 2 780 400 km2 Time difference The time difference between Sweden and Argentina varies, depending on whether it is summer or winter time. S… Read More »

Tierradentro Archaeological Park (World Heritage)

According to dentistrymyth, the park contains ruins of a pre-Columbian culture in the form of monumental statues, shaft graves and underground tombs from the 6th to 10th centuries. The burial chambers are decorated with frescoes. Tierradentro Archaeological Park: facts Official title: Tierradentro Archaeological Park Cultural monument: “The land inside” with underground burial places, which were… Read More »

World Heritages in Argentina

Quebrada de Humahuaca (World Heritage) According to historyaah, over millennia, the Río Grande cut deep into the rocks in northwest Argentina, creating a passage that was an important trade and cultural link between the Andes and the lowlands for the Indians for around 10,000 years. Quebrada de Humahuaca: facts Official title: Quebrada de Humahuaca Cultural… Read More »

Chiloé Wooden Churches (World Heritage)

The island in the south of Chile is the second largest island in the country after Tierra del Fuego. At the beginning of the 17th century, the Jesuits on Chiloé began proselytizing the Huilliche Indians. About 150 colorful wooden churches from this time have remained, around 60 of them are part of the world heritage.… Read More »

Peru Arts

Peruvian art, the art in what is now Peru. After the art of Peru for a long time BC. a. had been under Spanish influence, a specifically Peruvian art slowly began to develop in the 19th century. Pre-modern and early modern: On the threshold between the colonial era and the republic founded in 1921 stands… Read More »

Religious Foundations for Studying Abroad

Religious Foundations There are four religion-related foundations in Germany. The foundations support talented students who, as a rule, must belong to the respective religion and who actively deal with it. Exceptions with regard to religious affiliation are in principle possible for all religion-related gifted sponsorship organizations, but must be very well justified. Only the Catholic… Read More »

Foundations for Studying Abroad

Scholarships for talented students and foundations award scholarships to particularly intelligent and talented students in order to provide them with financial support during their studies abroad. In addition to very good academic performance, there are other selection criteria, such as voluntary work, depending on the organization. Anyone who receives such a scholarship in Germany can… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (23)

Business Administration students can use the courses currently offered to map the main subjects “International Marketing” and “International Management”. I decided to focus on “International Management” and took the courses “Negotiation Strategies”, “Management Skills” and “Business Communication Skills”. I can highly recommend all three courses if you want a relaxed semester in which you improve… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (15)

THE IDEA A semester abroad in South America is something else. I have never been outside of Europe before, let alone in South America. I could speak English and French, but not a word of Spanish. As a business graduate, it seems, you have to go to a renowned university in the Far East or… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (22)

Application process After I decided to do a semester abroad, I didn’t immediately know where to go. I was sure that I wanted to spend this semester outside of Europe and Australia or North America were also out of the question due to the high semester fees and living costs. For these reasons I came… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (14)

Leisure and excursion possibilities Viña del Mar is a beautiful city to spend your semester abroad. It is located almost perfectly in the middle of the country and, since the capital of the country is not too far away, it is also particularly well located for longer trips and weekend trips. Viña is known for… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (21)

Course choice at the UVM The UVM offers two programs, on the one hand there is the possibility to attend the courses in English or Spanish. For the program in Spanish, however, language level B2 is required as an admission requirement. In advance, MicroEDU will provide you with an overview and a brief description of… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (13)

Application process Since my master’s program includes a compulsory semester abroad and unfortunately there was no partner university in Latin America, I found MicroEDU on the Internet and was very happy about the many possibilities. The application process was very easy and the employees were flexible and were able to help me very quickly and… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (20)

Selection of the university and the application phase It was clear to me – yes, I would like to do a semester abroad and preferably in Latin America. However, since our university does not offer any cooperation with a university in Latin America, I only had the opportunity to plan my semester abroad as a… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (12)

Security in South America Before I decided to do a semester abroad in Chile, I had some concerns about security there. Above all, I was able to reassure worried grandparents and friends that Santiago de Chile is the safest metropolis in South America and Chile in general is one of the safer countries on the… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (19)

My application I found out about MicroEDU through a friend. At that point it was only a few months until the beginning of the next semester and I was afraid that it would already be too late. I immediately got in touch with MicroEDU and was assured that there was still enough time and that… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (11)

Living and living in Viña del Mar It’s best to book a hostel or AirBnB for the first few days and then look at the apartments on site. On you can find some rooms and apartments. During the introductory week you usually meet nice international students who are also looking for accommodation. In the… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (18)

4. Introductory days / university and courses In the first week there is an introduction to the university, which is intended to provide orientation. On the first day (Monday) everyone meets in the Centro de Español, which is in the middle of Viña. Here you can find out more about the coming days – about… Read More »

University of Viña del Mar Review (10)

Course choice and course program I decided on the Spanish-language program, which is explained below, and attended courses at the Spanish Center for international students, as well as a course in the regular “Carreras” (study programs) of the UVM. I did not take an English language course. Although I had to specify a course choice… Read More »