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07/17/2014 - 12/12/2014
Deadlines:
04/01/2014
Credit:
16 - 18 semester / 24 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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02/19/2015 - 07/10/2015 *
Deadlines:
11/01/2014
Credit:
16 - 18 semester / 24 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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11/01/2015
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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07/17/2014 - 07/10/2015 *
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Evolution theorist Charles Darwin, who lived for a time in Valparaíso, wrote: “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” You’ll understand what he meant after a short time in this colorful city. There’s no time to waste with CIEE in Valparaíso as you live the Spanish language. Classes at a top-ranked university, homestays, volunteering activities, and lots of exploration make this a program not to be missed.

Study abroad in Valparaiso and you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding of Chile through CIEE courses that focus on Chilean heritage, identity, literature, art, and history
  • Study at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso which is ranked among the top regional universities in Chile
  • Take advantage of community service and volunteer opportunities at local schools, shelters, and non-governmental organizations
  • Participate in cultural and educational activities, including visits to a rural community
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant
  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant

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    Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

    CIEE Alumni Ambassador Grant awardees are required to either:

    Maintain an official CIEE blog during their semester abroad OR

    Act as a CIEE Alumni Ambassador on their campus after returning from studying abroad

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to advanced Spanish language instruction and a host of specialized CIEE area studies electives, you’ll choose from a variety of courses at one of two of Chile’s most prestigious universities. Whether you’re interested in the arts, humanities, social or natural sciences, you’ll find the courses you’re looking for in Valparaíso.

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Volunteering

Give back to your host community, and get a real view of Chilean culture and society through not-for-credit volunteering opportunities. Support sports and recreational activities at Colegio Ministro Zenteno, help out at the girls’ shelter Hogar de Niñas Teresa Cortes Brown, paint classrooms and murals at a volunteer center, and more. CIEE facilitates opportunities in various schools, shelters, and organizations throughout Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

Excursions

Try your hand at rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, and more! CIEE plans all sorts of excursions that get your hands literally gripping the essence of Chile. Each year the excursions are different. We might speak with members of the 2,500-year-old Mapuche culture in Pucón or Cararrehue, hike La Campaña National Park, or learn to make empanadas on a farm in Rabuco. Enjoy a number of daylong and extended excursions to sites of historical and cultural importance in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Past excursions have included visits to museums; La Sebastiana, the home of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda; the Chilean National Congress; Pucón, an eco-tourism center on Lake Villarica in the south of Chile; and Santiago, the capital of Chile.

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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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Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (21 wks)
04/01/2014
07/17/2014
12/12/2014

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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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$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 **
$11,512
Housing ***
$2,925
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,600
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 (20 wks)
11/01/2014
02/19/2015
07/10/2015
$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 **
$11,512
Housing ***
$2,925
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,600
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 2016
11/01/2015
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 (51 wks)
04/01/2014
07/17/2014
07/10/2015

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

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 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
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 **
$21,937
Housing ***
$5,850
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,600
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, which is approximately two months

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Calendar year 2015
11/01/2014
02/19/2015
TBA
$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 **
$21,937
Housing ***
$5,850
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,600
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
  • 5 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 16–18 semester/24–27 quarter hours and for the year is 32–36 semester/48–54 quarter hours.

PUCV courses range from 2–6 credits per course/3–9 quarter hours each. This designation is based on the number of hours students theoretically need to dedicate to the course, both in and out of the classroom. Some general introductory courses, worth 2 credits, meet at least once a week and are open to students from all disciplines. University courses are usually from 38 to 90 contact hours and can range from 2 to 6 credits depending on how much outside academic work is required.

Upper-level university courses in the Chilean university system are usually courses that are not general introductory courses. In other words, those course are restricted for Chileans who are in their third year due to prerequisites. Credits for these courses will vary university by university and by area of study.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students are required to enroll in one and a maximum of two of the CIEE required courses. Students then choose the remainder of their coursework (three or five additional courses), including a Spanish language class. CIEE students can take no more than two two-credit general University courses. Academic year or continuing students are not required to take a CIEE course during their second semester.

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About the City

About The City

Located between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific coast, Valparaíso 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, Valparaíso’s sister city, is a modern resort area, 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, nuestra ciudad puerto que nunca fue fundada, se encuentra ubicada a una hora y media de la capital de Chile, Santiago. “Pancho” como la denominaban los antiguos marineros o el Valparaíso de nuestros amores, tiene la singularidad de que sus cerros y casas estén siempre de frente al Océano Pacífico. Una ciudad que sigue mezclando el presente con el pasado, con calles de adoquines y edificios históricos como el diario más antiguo de habla hispana, El Mercurio de Valparaíso, lo poético de sus calles estrechas y lo bohemio que implica ser una ciudad Puerto.

Valparaíso, con sus sinuosas escaleras, invita a estar en contacto con lo simple y cotidiano de sus habitantes. Estas mismas escaleras junto con sus ascensores con los que unen el centro de la ciudad con sus empinados cerros de colores.

Valparaíso se encuentra unida por La Avenida España con su hermana y balneario llamada Viña del Mar, que nació de las antiguas haciendas del 1900 con sus hermosos jardines de flores, que a través de los años aún siguen siendo uno de las mayores atractivos de esta ciudad. Por otra parte, en la Ciudad Jardín, como también es conocida encontramos las playas en conjunto con modernas construcciones, restaurantes y clubes nocturnos que la hacen atractiva para sus propios habitantes y visitantes.

Hacia el interior de la V región de Chile, existen otras zonas que invitan a visitar lugares históricos y patrimoniales propios de nuestra historia como Nación, así como los Viñedos, presenciar costumbres típicas de la gente de campo, o escalar cerros como la Campana, que alguna vez visitó Charles Darwin por su extensa y variada flora y fauna.

La región de Valparaíso te ofrece únicos y apacibles lugares para aquellos que gustan la aventura y la vida al aire libre como deportes acuáticos, camping, capoeire, canopy, kayak, jogging, fresbee, entre otros. ¡Te invitamos a conocer el programa de CIEE Valparaíso!

— 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, with 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 Valparaíso, orientation prepares you for total immersion into Chilean culture with as little culture shock as possible through recreational activities, team-building, workshops, and local educational field trips. The workshops introduce you to the academic program and country’s history and culture. 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

The study abroad program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, including visits to museums, La Sebastiana (the home of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda), the Chilean National Congress, and a rural farming community. Past students have participated in guided tours in Santiago, a walking tour of the historical part of the capital of Chile, and guided visits to the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights.

In addition, there is a weekend excursion during the semester. Last year, students visited Pucón, an eco- tourism center on Lake Villarica in the south of Chile, where they participated in the daily life of a local indigenous community and took advantage of the many outdoor activities for which the region is known.

Immersion

Non-credit volunteer work allows you to obtain a comprehensive understanding of Chilean culture and society through your own personal experiences and experiences outside of the classroom. CIEE facilitates these opportunities in various schools, shelters, and organizations throughout Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

Host families play an important role in student’s immersion. Students will interact with various family members, relatives, neighbors, and friends, and explore and discover the surroundings through exposure to everyday Chilean routine and unique new flavors of traditional dishes. Students also immerse themselves in the Chilean culture by attending and participating in sporting activities, taking public transportation, and enjoying various types of entertainment and cultural events.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Chilean society.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile, began welcoming participants in 1997.

Pontificia Universidad Católica is known for its prestige, tradition, and academic quality; its campuses are spread out in the city. PUCV has a strong international program that offers Spanish and diverse content courses for international students.

The study abroad program is intended for students who have at least five semesters of college level Spanish, or the equivalent, and are looking for a program that permits direct enrollment with Chilean university students. It provides personalized instruction and support through both academic and non- academic activities. Given the range of disciplines and courses available to participants, the program is suitable for undergraduate students with strong Spanish language skills from a variety of majors. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Academic Culture

The average class size is 20 to 30 students, and CIEE participants might find themselves challenged until they are accustomed to the different Chilean intonations and academic rhythm. The teaching style is commonly a lecture format, with emphasis placed on memorization and note-taking. It can take a while to learn how to study effectively in the Chilean system, especially in terms of acquiring reading material and knowing what the professor expects. Chilean classmates are often an excellent source of help.

University life is quite different in Chile compared to the U.S. since the Chilean university is primarily a professional school. While CIEE students have the opportunity to study in almost every department, this is not the case for Chilean students, who study in one discipline area exclusively.

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 about two weeks between the (North American) spring and fall semesters.

Nature of Classes

Participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with Chilean students. In addition, participants enroll in specially designed courses that are taught in Spanish for CIEE study abroad students only. Spanish language courses are offered for CIEE and other international students by PUCV.

Grading System

Assessment for CIEE courses is based on class participation and writing assignments. In PUCV courses, students are evaluated the same as Chilean students; final grades are usually determined by a combination of written and oral assignments and a final paper or exam. 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 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

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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.

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Required CIEE Courses

Student must choose one of the following courses:

HIST 3003 VALP

Chile: Contemporary History and Cultural Geography
This course analyzes the political, social, and cultural aspects of Chilean life in the 21st century. Students explore and discuss historical documents and testimonials about Chilean social issues. The focus of this course is on the social and cultural landscape of the country. The chosen material seeks to show alternative perspectives of the events of the past century. Through the use of audiovisuals and historical testimony, students reconstruct a variety of spheres of life characteristic of contemporary Chile [economy, social relationships, religious practices, and everyday life]. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

LAST 3006 VALP

Valparaíso: History, Cinema, and Literature
This course explores the city of Valparaíso from three different perspectives: history, the cinema, and literature as cultural productions that have been developed as an artistic representation in the national and international context. These themes allow students to explore a theoretical framework within which to analyze texts, documents, novels, and movies, helping them acquire a deeper awareness of Valparaíso. Coursework is combined with participation in discussions, experiential activities, and independent research work. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

LITT 3001 VALP

Contemporary Hispano-American Short Stories
This course immerses students in Hispano-American short stories written in the latter half of the 20th century, with a focus on the analysis and discussion of new trends and issues in Latin American narrative. Famous authors including Julio Cortazar, Borges, Monterroso, Donoso, Garcia Marquez, María Luisa Bombal, Marta Brunet, Rosa Montero, and others are studied in depth. Coursework is combined with experiential activities and independent research work. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) Courses

Language Courses

Advanced Spanish Communication and Chilean Culture
This course emphasizes oral and written communication through learning about Chilean culture in texts and oral presentations. The purpose of the class is to improve the intercultural ability of the student. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.

Advanced Spanish Grammar
This course emphasizes the morphological aspects of Spanish grammar, reinforcing them through reading and writing assignments and analyzed 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.

Advanced Spanish Writing
This course is designed to help those students who already have a strong command of the Spanish language reinforce their Spanish writing skills, especially their ability to compose essays for the academic setting. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Other PUCV Disciplines

The university offers a wide range of courses in many disciplines including, agronomy, architecture, biology, business administration, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, fine arts, foreign languages, geography, journalism, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, theater, and zoology. The following list is a representative sampling of courses available at PUCV and a listing of some of the more popular courses taken by international students at PUCV. Syllabi are available upon request. Students may enroll in any courses for which they meet the prerequisites. All course selections are made in consultation with the resident staff and a designated staff person from the University. Not all courses are available every semester. The reality of the academic system in Chile is such that course listings and course availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. The final list of courses is available during orientation.

Arts
America Workshop: Urban Space
Basic Concepts of Cinematic Language
Cinematic Directors
Contemporary Theater Workshop
Drawing Workshop
The Historical Process of Film
Latin America in Texts and Images
Performing Arts Workshop I, II
Pre-Colombian America in Texts and Images
Sculpture: Molds and Clay
Seminar: Analysis of Poets
Serigraph
Theater Workshop: Introduction to Acting
Traditional Chilean Dances

Biology and Natural Sciences
Agricultural and Chilean Society
Applied Biological Oceanography
Ecology of Marine Communities
Environmental Impact
General Biology
Geoecology
Introduction to Oceanography
Landscape Ecology
Management of Wild Areas
Marine Biology
Natural Resources and Climate Change
Overview of the Sea
Urban-Regional Planning

Business and Commercial Engineering
Business Administration I, II
Chile in the Globalized Economy
Consumer Analysis
Economic Development
Finance
Globalization and Chilean Society
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Economy
Macroeconomics I, II
Marketing I, II
Microeconomics I, II
Operations Management
Organizational Sociology
Theory of Communication

Education
Camping Techniques and Outdoor Education
Children’s Literature in Kindergarten Education
Chilean Traditional Mapuche Games
Folklore Dances
Man and Games
Mountain Sports
Self Care and Healthy Life
Strategy of Learning Spanish

Geography
Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
Environmental Impact Evaluation
Geography of Chile
Geography of Latin America
Geography of Population
Introduction to Mountaineering
Meteorology
Regional Geography of Chile
Urban and Rural Geography

History
Economic and Social History
European Expansion
General Anthropology
Hispanic America
Historical Formation of Hispanic American Culture
History of Chile I, II
History of Chile: Pre-Columbian and Conquest Era
History of Chilean Art
History of 20th Century Latin America
International Relations
Modern Chilean History
Pre-Columbian Cultures
State Formation in Latin America
Urban History and Regional History of Valparaíso

Law
Environmental Administrative Law
International Politics

Literature and Spanish
Chilean and Hispanic American Literature I, II, III
Chilean Theater in the 20th Century
Classic Spanish Literature I, II
Contemporary Spanish Literature I, II
Fundamental Linguistics and Literature
Oral and Written Expression
Phonetics

Psychology
Anthropology
Adolescent Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Education Psychology I, II
General Psychology
Social Psychology I, II
Theory of Human Communication

Religion
Interpersonal Relationships: Anthropological Perspective
Introduction to the History of the Religious Origins of Christianity
Sexuality and Ethics
Studying the Prophets
Studying Psalms

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