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  • Locations: Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language GPA: 2.5 Language Prerequisite: Yes -- see program description
Program Description:
CIEE Language in Context Program in Valparaíso, Chile
Come discover the port city of Valparaiso and improve your Spanish language skills while immersing yourself Chilean culture.

Through intensive language training and area studies coursework offered in English, you’ll develop great insight into Chile and Latin America through history, literature, economics and international relations. And with homestays, volunteering opportunities, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, study abroad in Valparaiso offers you an exciting and uniquely immersive cultural experience.

Study abroad in Chile and you will:logo
  • Acquire an understanding of Chile and its role in Latin America through host institution courses that focus on contemporary Chilean culture and society
  • Build your beginner Spanish skills, study modern Chile, and gain intercultural experience through classes and living with a local host family
  • Choose to study between two top-ranked local Chilean universities, a historic and traditional or a private contemporary university.
  • Participate in community service projects, educational field trips in numerous cultural sites around Valparaíso region, as well as a long weekend fieldtrip  to Curarehue and  Pucón.
Find out more.

Please check the CIEE website for final program dates, and speak with your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor prior to booking airfare. 

Study Abroad with CIEE in Valparaíso

Academic Program

The CIEE Study Center in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile began welcoming participants in 1997. It is an attractive option for several reasons, including the academic offerings available at PUCV, as well as the student-friendly nature of both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. The program is intended for students who have little to no college-level Spanish, who are looking for a program that permits them to rapidly develop Spanish language skills, as well as immerse themselves in Chilean and Latin American studies on a university campus. The program provides personalized instruction and support through both academic and non-academic activities. The program is suitable for undergraduate students from a variety of majors with limited or no Spanish language skills. All non-language courses are taught in English.

What You'll Learn

The goal of the Language in Context program is to provide beginning-level students a solid foundation in the Spanish language, and in Chilean and Latin American cultural studies. The program allows participants to improve their language skills, while pursuing studies focusing on Chile and Latin America through history, literature, economics, and international studies. This is achieved through intensive language coursework combined with university-based area studies courses offered in English. Cultural immersion is enhanced through diverse excursions and homestays with local Chilean families.

Study Abroad with CIEE in Valparaíso

Academic Culture

Average class size is 10 to 15 students. All courses are taught by local Chilean faculty. Students will notice significant differences between their home institutions and educational system and the Chilean model. Chilean academic culture generally requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment.

Courses tend to be more lecture-based and less interactive. Students are expected to take it upon themselves to know the requirements of the course, their assignments, and exams. Students in the program have support in this regard from both the CIEE Study Center staff as well as staff from the PUCV International Programs office. It is important to understand that the program takes place at a Chilean University with native Spanish instructors, and therefore students may notice differences in teaching styles. Courses typically meet every morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday, for a minimum of three hours daily, with structured fieldtrips and activities incorporated into each course.

The academic year program includes two semesters of study and can begin either during the North American fall or spring semester. Academic year students who begin their studies during the North American fall semester have a nearly three-month break between semesters. There is a break of about two weeks between the (North American) spring and fall semesters.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.