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|Language GPA:||2.5||Language Prerequisite:||Yes -- see program description|
|Language GPA:||2.5||Language Prerequisite:||Yes -- see program description|
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.
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.
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.
Participants enroll directly in special host university courses and take classes with other CIEE and international students. Required intensive Spanish language courses are taught to CIEE and other international students by PUCV.
As students gain proficiency in Spanish, Resident Staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Chilean society develops.
This program does not currently offer an internship. For a list of programs that do, visit Search for a Program and search for "internships" under "what do you want to study."
In language classes, students are normally graded on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, presentations, and class participation. Grades in content courses are generally based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Each instructor determines the exact breakdown of grades. Attendance is mandatory and absences can affect final grades. Some courses include compulsory field trips with special assignments as part of class work. The Chilean grading scale is from one to seven, with four being a passing grade. The CIEE office in Chile translates all transcripts and converts grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a standard scale that includes A, B, C, D, or F, with pluses and minuses.
Grades for the U.S. spring semester should arrive at the students' home campuses in mid-September and in early March for the U.S. fall semester. Graduating seniors or others concerned about the timing of receiving grades need to take this into consideration when choosing this program.
All students are required to enroll in 10 credits of intensive Spanish that cover Grammar and Vocabulary, Oral Comprehension and Oral Production, and Reading Comprehension and Writing Production. These courses are designed to provide students with the equivalent of two semesters of either first or second year college-level Spanish. All students are also required to enroll in one or two PUCV courses with a Chilean content focus.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 14-18 semester/21-27 quarter hours and for the year is 28-36 semester/42-54 quarter hours. PUCV non-language courses all offer 4 semester/6 quarter hours. This designation is based on the number of hours students theoretically need to dedicate to the course, both in and out of the classroom.
The following courses are designed by PUCV for international students with beginner-level or low-intermediate level Spanish. Each course seeks to develop intercultural communicative competency through acquisition of four core linguistic skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening; each of which is taught using a total immersion methodology. These classes emphasize oral skills and interaction with locals.
Beginner Grammar and Vocabulary
Theoretical and practical course designed to address the morphological and syntactic aspects of the Spanish language. In this module, at a basic level, grammar and vocabulary are envisioned as a system with three dimensions that interact among them: the form of the elements, their semantics, and the pragmatic conditions governing their use. The general objective of the course is to develop the linguistic competence of students so that they can deal with everyday situations in different and known contexts accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately.
Beginner Oral Comprehension and Oral Production
From an intercultural and communicative orientation, this module, at a basic level, integrates language and culture in order to take advantage of the scenario the students are experiencing. The general objective of this course is for students to develop the communicative and intercultural competence of students so that they can speak and interact orally in everyday situations in different and known contexts accurately, meaningfully, and appropriately.
Beginner Reading Comprehension and Writing Production
Theoretical and practical course designed to introduce students, at a basic level, to discourse modes in order to comprehend and produce different types of written texts. The general objective of this course is for students to develop reading comprehension and writing production skills from a discourse-pragmatic orientation.
The following courses are designed and offered by PUCV for international students with beginner-level Spanish. All courses below are taught in English. Students take one or two.
Contemporary Latin American Films
This course invites foreign students to discover Latin America through the eyes of contemporary Latin American filmmakers, as they develop an understanding of contemporary issues in Latin America based on the critical study of representative Latin American films. Students learn to discover, recognize, and discuss the main characteristics of Latin American film; develop a personal opinion and point of view of Latin America; recognize, compare, and discuss the different styles, esthetic characteristics, and ways of telling a story; recognize, compare, and discuss the main differences between film and documentary related to Latin American issues, and; become familiar with a group of well-known contemporary Latin American filmmakers.
Contemporary Latin American Literature
This course invites foreign students to critically examine contemporary Latin America through the revision of representative literary texts. Students are challenged to form a critical and informed vision of today's main questions and reflections in relation to Latin America based on literary texts. They are introduced to key theoretical issues and debates concerning Latin America in order to build their own opinion of 'life in other cultures.' Students examine and discuss the literary works exploring their connection with the diverse world views and values of the Latin American societies in which they were produced.
The course introduces students to a selection of core topics in international relations. It has three main goals: to deepen understanding of the different approaches to international relations; to introduce some contemporary debates in international relations such as compliance with international norms and law and the sources of state socialization, and; to encourage critical and constructive thinking about international relations. Specific subjects and concepts to be covered include: power and asymmetric relationships, globalization, nationstates, international organizations, transnational companies, NGOs, criminal and terrorists groups, realism, liberalism, idealism, constructivism and rational choice, international regimes and organizations, international laws, norms and compliance, sovereignty and statehood, nationalism, proliferation and terrorism, ethnic conflict, peacekeeping and cooperation, and others.
Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America
This course examines Latin America's political and social development during the 20th century, paying particular attention to the Chilean case. The course begins by examining the debate over development and modernity as it has evolved over the course of the 20th century in Latin America. It continues with a close look at revolutions and state socialism in Cuba and Chile, before dealing with the issue of "dirty wars," dictatorships, and human rights violations in the Southern Cone. It then turns to the new era of liberal governance in the 1980s and 1990s, and focuses on how these new developments have changed the nature of poverty, and brought about or deepened different forms of social exclusion. Special attention is paid to the indigenous world and to the changing role of women in Latin America.
Pre-Columbian Art and Society
This course provides an overview of Latin American native cultures during Pre-Columbian times, introducing basic notions about prehistory, religion, economy, and social organization of these societies, using art and visual expression as the main way of entrance. Emphasis is given to Mesoamerican and Andean cultures from the Formative period until the arrival of Spaniards, but the study of some hunter gatherers traditions is also included, as a way to illustrate cultural diversity in South American prehistory and Pre-Columbian art. Consistently, this course also seeks to discuss the western concept of art and its application to the study of Pre-Columbian societies.
Socio-Economic Evolution of Chile and Latin America
The purpose of this course is to examine the socio-economic evolution of Latin American from the point of view of the behavior of employment and income, poverty, and inequality reduction. It also studies the policies implemented to foster those objectives. Special emphasis is given to the crisis of the '80s, the policies of the Washington Consensus implemented in the '90s, and the reaction of the political system to the global economic crisis during the second decade of the new century.
This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to changes as a result ofongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Syllabi for the CIEE courses listed above are available upon request.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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All courses are taught by faculty from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
Included in the program is one overnight CIEE field trip, and numerous short field trips, organized and run by CIEE for students in the program, and by PUCV for international students. These include trips in and around Valparaíso and Santiago (Pablo Neruda's homes, the National Congress, the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Palacio de la Moneda or Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda, among other museums that can be found only in Santiago). Additionally, each PUCV content course includes a minimum of three short course-related field trips. Students also have access to a variety of activities organized by CIEE, as well as to those offered through PUCV.
Depending on the semester, students may participate in one of the following:
Pucón, where students experience and learn about the Mapuche indigenous community and engage in outdoor, cultural, and educational activities, including concerts, museums, theater performances, soccer matches, and a visit to a rural farming community. During this three-day educational fieldtrip, students spend a full day with members of the largest native group in Chile.
San Pedro de Atacama is a precordillera oasis village located in the north of Chile. This destination is especially appealing because of its spectacular scenery and indigenous Atacameño population. There are opportunities to visit Incan archeological sites, rock formations, national preserves for flamingos, and other cultural attractions.
Immersion in the local culture is a priority at CIEE Study Centers around the world.CIEE participants make the most of their program through CIEE-guided excursions, field study and internship programs, volunteering, conversation exchanges, homestays, and special events. The opportunities will vary depending on location. read on to learn more about this program.
|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.