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We, the students of the University of California and the Universidad de Concepciуn along with supporters of the community ask EAP to reconsider the closure of the EAP Concepciуn Language and Culture Program. Closure of this irreplaceable program is a great loss to the students of both countries. We ask that you reconsider the closure based on the following 1) the strong cultural interchange, 2) the population served by the program, and 3) the unique location and timing.
1) No other EAP Spanish program so fully integrates students into local culture. University of California students live with host families, participate in a "hermana and hermanos" cultural interchange program with the Universidad of Concepciуn, and participate in 3 cultural field trips to Lebu, Lota, and a sustainable farming center or a beach town.
2) No other program targets Spanish language learners of the intermediate level. Most programs require either 1 or 2 years of Spanish. In addition, high GPA pre-requisites may be a barrier to admission. Concepciуn serves this unique population.
3) Concepciуn, Chile is one of only two Spanish programs that runs between September and December of each year. Most programs require that students leave at the end of August, July, or earlier. Additionally, it is one of the only affordable alternatives to programs in Spain. Finally, the program takes place in a safe midsized city of 400,000 making it an attractive alternative to programs in large cities.

Nosotros, los alumnos de las Universidades de California y de Concepciуn, ademбs con el apoyo de partidarios de la comunidad, sugerimos que EAP reconsidere su decisiуn de finalizar el programa entre las dos universidades. El cierre del programa es una gran perdida para alumnos de ambos paнses. Sugerimos que EAP reconsidere el cierre del programa por 1) el intercambio de la cultura es muy importante 2) la poblaciуn que es
serviciada por el programa, y 3) la ubicaciуn y la duraciуn sin iguales
del programa.

1) No existe un otro programa que ayude a los alumnos de los EEUU
integrarse en la cultura local por completo. Los alumnos de la
Universidad de California viven con familias locales, tienen un/a
hermano/a de la Universidad de Concepciуn, y participan en tres viajes
culturales a Lebu, Lota, y una granja sostenible o pueblo por la playa.

2) Es el ъnico programa para alumnos de espaсol intermediado. La mayorнa
de los programas tienen el requisito de uno o dos aсos de espaсol.
Ademбs, el promedio de las notas puede ser un obstбculo del ingreso en los
otros programas. El programa sirve esta poblaciуn ъnica que de otra
manera no pudiera participar en un programa de espaсol por el extranjero.

3) Concepciуn, Chile es uno de dos programas de espaсol que dura entre
septiembre hasta diciembre cada aсo. Los otros programas requieren que los
alumnos lleguen el fin de agosto, julio, o mas temprano. Tambiйn, es mas
barato que programas de alternativa en Espaсa por ejemplo. Por fin, el
programa esta ubicado en una ciudad segura de solo 400.000 habitantes. Es
una buena alternativa para alumnos que no quieren estudiar en ciudades grandes.

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