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07/17/2014 - 12/12/2014
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
14 - 18 semester / 21 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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02/20/2014 - 07/11/2014 *
Deadlines:
11/01/2013
Credit:
14 - 18 semester / 21 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

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 greater insight into Chile and Latin America through history, literature, economics, and international relations. You’ll live with a local family, take Spanish language classes, and have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore Chile as the locals do.

Study abroad in Valparaiso and you’ll:

  • Acquire an understanding of Chile and its role in Latin America through courses that are focused on contemporary Chilean culture and society
  • Build your beginner Spanish skills while living with a local host family
  • Study at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, which is ranked among the top regional universities in Chile
  • Participate in community service projects and educational field trips in Valparaiso, Curarehue, and Pucón
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Whether you’re just beginning your study of Spanish or you’re an advanced-level speaker, you’ll find a language course that suits your needs and abilities in Valparaiso. You’ll also have access to an extensive selection of courses and electives, offered in both Spanish and English, on subjects relating to the Chilean and Latin American history, culture, and contemporary society.

Immersion

study abroad in Chile

Host families play an important role in your immersion. While in Valparaiso, you’ll interact daily with various family members, relatives, and neighbors, discovering Chilean routines and unique new flavors of traditional cuisine. You’ll also attend sporting events and other cultural activities, use public transportation, and enjoy various types of local entertainment. Give back to your host community while getting to know the locals during volunteering opportunities. You might support sports and recreational activities at Colegio Ministro Zenteno, help out at the girls’ shelter Hogar de Niñas Teresa Cortes Brown, or paint classrooms and murals at a volunteer center.

Excursions

Ready to try rock climbing? Or maybe kayaking is your speed? CIEE plans all sorts of excursions that will have you gripping the essence of Chile. You might check out the gorgeous lake and volcano of Pucón and interact with the indigenous community, or explore the resort area of Vina del Mar. You could go on hikes through the coastal mountain range at La Campaña National Park, visit Pablo Neruda’s house, or the Chilean National Congress. It’s all waiting.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (21 wks)
04/01/2014
07/17/2014
12/12/2014
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, language partners, volunteer opportunities, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$10,873
Housing ***
$3,575
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees **
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2014 (20 wks)
11/01/2013
02/20/2014
07/11/2014
$14,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, language partners, volunteer opportunities, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$10,873
Housing ***
$3,575
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$350
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees **
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
04/01/2014
07/17/2014
TBA
$28,200

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, language partners, volunteer opportunities, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$20,648
Housing ***
$7,150
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$700
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees **
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$3,600
Expenses during break ***
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** academic year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Calendar year 2014 (42 wks)
11/01/2013
02/20/2014
12/12/2014
$28,200

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, language partners, volunteer opportunities, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$20,648
Housing ***
$7,150
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$700
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees **
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$3,600
Expenses during break ***
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 0-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Spanish language course within the past year recommended
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

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 elective courses have 4 semester/6 quarter hours and 50 contact hours.

The required language courses have 10 semester/15 quarter hours and 150 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad 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.

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About the City

About The City

Located between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific coast, Valparaiso is a big, bohemian city on a beach. Let the vibrant, yet laid back, attitude envelop you as you walk along pedestrian passageways. During your travels, you might find a donkey instead of a car in a parking spot. Houses painted red, royal blue, lavender, aqua, and bright yellow and stacked back-to-back up steep hillsides give the city a kaleidoscopic effect.

Viña del Mar is Valparaiso’s sister city, a modern resort center, with shops, beaches, recreational facilities, and a residential area. With affordable mass transportation between the two cities, students find them both friendly locations in which to live and study.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Marcia Vera

Resident Director

Marcia Vera Vassallo holds a M.A. in gender and cultural studies in Latin America at the Universidad de Chile and received her licenture (five year study) from PUCV in English language and literature, complementing the degrees. Marcia also received a diploma or certificate (one year intensive) from Adolfo Ibañez business school. Since December 2013, Marcia has been a qualified intercultural development inventory administrator. Before joining CIEE Valparaiso at its inception in 2001, she worked as program director of International Abroad (ITA)-Chile at PUCV International Programs. In addition, Marcia was an international counselor at a YMCA branch in Pennsylvania. She also taught international students Spanish conversation and Chilean culture at PUCV as well as teaching English as a second language for five years at North American Institute.

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Valparaíso and its sister city Viña del Mar host Chile’s third largest population of approximately 1,500,000 inhabitants. Viña del Mar proudly holds a shoreline of sandy beaches while one of Chile’s largest ports lines Valparaíso’s coast. The area is an academic hub with students comprising over 13% of the population, including international students and travelers.

Valparaíso’s charm lies in its sprawling hills. Among a labyrinth of staircases and winding roads, cable cars and colorful houses layer one over another up the mountainsides. The city is easy to navigate from any given point—if you head downwards it always leads directly to the heart of the bustling city that winds around the coast.

In “Valpo” (as Valparaíso is commonly referred to), a vibrant atmosphere of arts, culture, and music takes over public space, observed from temporary expositions to the city streets lined with murals, mosaics, and graffiti. These picturesque sites, together with its rich history of tradition and architecture, led Valparaíso to be designated as a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Viña, as it is known, has a slightly different ambience yet is a popular tourist attraction for its upscale hotels, restaurants, and a variety of entertainment. In either city a student may explore many cultural and artistic venues as well as immerse themselves easily into the rich Chilean culture.

— Marcia Vera, Resident Director

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Glen Elliot

Glen Elliot studied fine arts and photography and began working officially as a part-time employee at the Study Center in Valparaiso in 2006. Glen often accompanied groups on excursions before being hired part-time to photograph activities. Glen’s responsibilities at present include being the host family co-coordinator and student liaison, program finance manager, and excursion marketer and onsite photographer.

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Gloria Tapia

Volunteer and Administrative Assistant

Gloria Tapia has been a CIEE employee since 2008, fulfilling various tasks in the administrative area focusing mainly on organization and coordinating volunteer work for students. Currently, Gloria is in her fourth year of studying social work through DUOC Institute of the Catholic University of Valparaíso. Gloria also enjoys taking English classes in her spare time. She has extensive experience in the areas of communication and customer service. Gloria enjoys meeting and interacting with people. She is a sports fanatic and loves nature, animals, and everything outdoors.

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Francisca Vera

Francisca Vera has been with CIEE since 2007 and her main focus has been coordinating host families for the students. Her duties also include assisting in the academic process of course registration forms, supporting educational activities and excursions, and various administrative tasks at the front desk in the CIEE office. Prior to joining CIEE Francisca worked as an advertising designer and as an analyst in the microbiology laboratory of the Food Engineering Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Francisca is a flamenco dance instructor in her spare time.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is ranked among the top regional universities in Chile. In 2003, it received its designation as a “Pontificia,” a distinction given to Catholic universities by the Vatican. The University has campuses in both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and offers more than 50 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate degrees. Of the 15,000 students at PUCV, only 3 percent are international students, giving CIEE participants a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chilean higher education system.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in Chile

Study abroad students live with Chilean host families and are matched based on students’ individual profiles and common interests. Most host families are located in Viña del Mar and a few in Valparaíso. The sister cities are essentially two halves of a single urban area, and PUCV has campuses in both cities. Host families are considered an integral part of the immersion into Chilean life. Housing and three meals a day are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for housing and meals between semesters.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

When you get to Valparaiso, you’ll participate in on onsite orientation that includes recreational activities, workshops, and local educational field trips. Through the workshops, you are introduced to the country, culture, and academic program. The PUCV also offers its own special orientation for foreign students studying at the University. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the duration of your stay in Chile.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop. You'll have access to email and the Internet at the CIEE office in Viña del Mar, the university, and at the abundant and inexpensive Internet cafés in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Please note that the quality and availability of Internet access does not always compare with that you may be used to at home.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in Chile

Included in the study abroad program is a weekend-long CIEE field trip to Pucón, where you'll experience and learn about indigenous communities and engage in outdoor, cultural, and educational activities. You will also have a variety of short excursions organized by CIEE including a day trip to Rabuco, a farming community in Hijuelas; a guided tour in Valparaiso, where you'll learn about the history and cultural aspects of this fascinating port city; and other cultural and educational opportunities that change each semester depending on local events.

Each PUCV English content course includes several short course-related field trips around Valparaíso and Santiago, including 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, and other museums that can be found only in Santiago.

Immersion

Non-credit volunteer work allows you to obtain a better understanding of Chilean culture and society through your own personal experiences, as well as experiences outside of the classroom. Community engagement is an important and highly encouraged component of this program. CIEE has a well- established network of community partnerships with NGOs, schools, and other educational institutions.

Host families also play an important role in your total immersion. You’ll interact with various family members, relatives, neighbors and friends, and explore and discover the surroundings through exposure to everyday Chilean routines and unique new flavors of traditional cuisine.

Other aspects of immersion in the Chilean culture include sporting and other cultural activities, using public transportation, and enjoying various types of local entertainment.

Language

As you gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages you to use your language skills in everyday settings. The more you participate, the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Chilean society develops.

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Academics

Academics

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 study abroad program is intended for students with beginner and intermediate college-level Spanish skills, who are looking for a program that permits them to rapidly develop Spanish language skills, and 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. A Spanish diagnostic placement test is provided at the beginning of the program. Those LIC students whose results reflect a low intermediate level of Spanish skills may enroll in regular content courses taught in Spanish offered for international students with the approval of the resident director and their home school. The list of these courses and syllabus are available upon request.

Academic Culture

Average class size is 10 to 15 students. All courses are taught by local Chilean faculty. Study abroad 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 International Programs office at PUCV. 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.

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, during which they are encouraged to travel or study elsewhere in the region. There is a break of approximately two weeks between the (North American) spring and fall semesters.

Nature of Classes

Students 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.

Grading System

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 classwork. The Chilean grading scale is from one to seven, with four being a passing grade. CIEE translates all transcripts and converts grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a standard scale that includes A-F, with pluses and minuses.

Transcripts for the U.S. spring semester should arrive at the sending institutions by mid-September and in mid-March for the fall semester. Graduating seniors or others concerned about the timing of receiving grades should take this into consideration when choosing this program.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: 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 change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Courses

Required Language Courses

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. All three courses are required.

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. Contact hours: 150 total. Recommended credit: 10 semester / 15 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 150 total. Recommended credit: 10 semester / 15 quarter hours.

Beginner Reading Comprehension and Writing Production
This is a 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. Contact hours: 150 total. Recommended credit: 10 semester / 15 quarter hours.

PUCV offers Spanish language courses for those students who have an intermediate level of Spanish in the following areas:

Communication and Chilean Culture
This course emphasizes oral and written communication through learning about Chilean culture in texts and oral presentations. The focus of the class is to improve students speaking skills in an intercultural context. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Spanish Grammar
This course emphasizes the morphological aspects of Spanish grammar, analyzing and reinforcing through reading and writing assignments in communicative contexts. The students improve their grammatical competence of Spanish as a second language. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Spanish Writing
This course is designed to help those students reinforce their ability to express and compose essays in Spanish for the academic setting. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Elective Courses

The following courses are designed and offered by PUCV for international students. 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. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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 worldviews and values of the Latin American societies in which they were produced. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

International Relations
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; introduce some contemporary debates in international relations such as compliance with international norms, and law and the sources of state socialization; and encourage critical and constructive thinking about international relations. Specific subjects and concepts to be covered include power and asymmetric relationships, globalization, nation-states, 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, and peacekeeping and cooperation. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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 80s and 90s, 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. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

Socio-Economic Evolution of Chile and Latin America
The purpose of this course is to examine the socio-economic evolution of Latin America 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. Contact hours: 50. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

The following are PUCV courses are offered in Spanish for international students with intermediate and advanced-level Spanish. Syllabi are available upon request.

Modern Chilean History
Urban History and Regional History of Valparaíso
History of Twentieth Century Latin America
Contemporary Latin American Poetry
Contemporary Latin American and Chilean Short Stories
17th-19th Century Hispano-American Narrative Literature
Traditional Chilean Dances
Camping Techniques and Outdoor Education
Silkscreening

CIEE elective course

What happens when individuals from different cultures come into contact and begin to interact? CIEE offers an elective course for students who would like to learn about intercultural comparisons between the Chilean and North America cultures. CIEE students who are interested in penetrating deeper into their study abroad experience can enroll in the following course:

CLST 3001 VALP

Seminar on Living and Learning in Valparaíso
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Valparaíso is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Chileans are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Chile. The course materials are in English and the course is taught in Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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