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, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Dates: Dec 28, 2020 – Jan 18, 2021
  • Credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Take your Spanish language skills to the next level while acquiring valuable intercultural competencies and enjoying Valparaíso’s vibrant and friendly culture. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its historical architectural treasures and unique topography. Classes are taught at CIEE Valparaíso and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

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

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    The capital of Chile

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    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

During the January in Valparaíso program, all students take the required course: Spanish Language – Intermediate I. This course is ideal for students who’ve completed two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

CIEE Valparaíso is located in downtown Valparaíso and it offers students the opportunity to explore the colonial city, a bohemian and colorful example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America, and its modern sister city Viña Del Mar.


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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.

Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Language of Instruction

Students take the required CIEE course.

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.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular 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 Deadline Passed Dec 30, 2019 Jan 20, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $303 **

Housing = $300 ***

Insurance = $47

Total Fees = $950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $140

International Airfare = $1,100 ††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $20

Personal expenses = $300

Total Estimated Costs = $1,610

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** two meals per day are included

Two meals a day are included in the program fee

†† r?ound-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

January 2021 Nov 1, 2020 Dec 28, 2020 Jan 18, 2021

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. Note: January 2020 programs in Latin America are not eligible for CIEE Scholarships and Grants.

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