Valparaiso, Chile

January in Valparaíso

Study Spanish Language
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Information for term January in Valparaíso

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Dec 30, 2019 – Jan 20, 2020
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Diversity and access – two core components of CIEE’s mission - are at the heart of this January in Valparaíso program. As one of the most diverse, multicultural cities in Chile, Valparaíso’s eclectic communities include British, Italian, Peruvian, German, Colombian and others. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its historical architectural treasures and unique topography.  Study abroad in Valparaíso is an excellent opportunity to enhance your Spanish proficiency, acquire valuable intercultural competencies, and discover one of South America’s vibrant and friendly cultures.

Unique Experiences

  • Live with host families

    who are thoroughly committed to making your experience of Valparaiso unforgettable.

  • Gain a deep understanding of Chilean culture

    and develop language skills with frequent, fascinating co-curricular activities.

  • Trek to the summit of Cerro La Campana

    and appreciate Chile as Charles Darwin once did, with an incredible view of Chile nestled between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.

Location & Culture

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Pan back and Valparaíso looks like a giant amphitheater, settled into steep hills and flatlands that meet the Pacific. Close in, it’s a bohemian riot of colorful architecture, diversity, and quirkiness. While Chile’s port city is an international hotspot for big shipping, its sister city, Vina del Mar, is a modern resort with beaches, shops, and a residential area. Affordable mass transportation between the twin cities adds to its appeal as a friendly, fascinating place to live and study. 

The Culture

Excursions & Activities

  • Visit Museo a Cielo Abierto – Valparaíso’s open air museum with colorful murals from famed Chilean artists
  • Take a bike tour along the scenic coast between Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
  • Visit the home of Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda and explore the museum
  • Experience the best trekking in South America with a day trip to La Campana Hill

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Students live with Chilean host families for a complete Chilean cultural immersion experience. Most families live in the Vina del Mar area and foster immersion by introducing students to community members.

  • Meals

    Students enjoy 2 meals per day with their host family. 

Valparaiso, Chile

Where You'll Study

  • A


    The capital of Chile

  • B


    Surf and beach area near Viña del Mar

  • C


    La Campana National Park

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Valparaíso is an active immersion center in the pacific coast of South America where U.S. students can have an authentic cultural experience and take their beginning Spanish language skills to the next level. The three-week January in Valparaíso program offers students a valuable opportunity to intensify their language learning while developing intercultural skills and firsthand knowledge of Chilean culture and history. 


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  • Class Format

    Courses taught at CIEE Valparaíso are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday-Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

  • Grading

    Grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, presentations, and class participation. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

  • Academic Culture

    The pace of CIEE January programs is accelerated and the workload is demanding. The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE courses follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. The course includes compulsory activities with special assignments as part of classwork. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.


  • Overall GPA

    Overall GPA 2.5

    Prerequisites: minimum 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.

  • Program Requirements

    The January in Valparaíso program offers Intermediate I Spanish language course.


Program Credit

  • Total credit, 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45.

Students take the required course, Spanish Language – Intermediate I.

This course is ideal for students with two semesters of college-level Spanish. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. The primary objective of this intermediate course is to allow students to achieve maximum communicative competence in the Spanish language and immersion in Chilean culture.

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Your Fees Include:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport pick-up
  • Multi-day on-site orientation – introducing students to local society and culture, and the CIEE academic program.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

January 2020 Nov 1, 2019 Dec 30, 2019 Jan 20, 2020

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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