Valparaiso, Chile

Language In Context

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Information for term Language In Context

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jul 22 – Dec 13, 2020 (21 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 17 – Jul 11, 2021 (21 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jul 22, 2020 – Jul 11, 2021 (51 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Whether you’re just beginning or have a few semesters of Spanish language courses, come to Valparaíso and take your proficiency to the next level. Immerse yourself in coursework across a wide range of academic areas at CIEE Valparaíso and our partner schools, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), and Universidad Aldofo Ibañez (UAI). Classes are taught in English, but those with advanced Spanish skills can enroll in courses taught in Spanish. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Fast-forward your proficiency in the Spanish language

    by living with a host family.

  • Learn about Chile

    and its place in Latin America with courses at top-ranked Host Universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), and Universidad Aldofo Ibañez (UAI).

  • Get a bigger view of Chilean society

    with excursions around the country.





Location & Culture

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

The Culture


Program includes up to 5 days of excursions. In past years students visited iconic sites like:

  • Isla Negra, the home of Nobel Chilean poet Pablo Neruda
  • Vineyards of Casablanca Valley
  • “La Moneda”, Presidential Palace of Chilean government in Santiago
  • Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Pucón and Temuco


Volunteering. Students can opt to volunteer with NGO's or social institutions. Volunteering options range from administrative support for local organizations to assisting health care NGO's that give shelter to vulnerable children and elderly.


Daily Life

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    Homestays: Students live with Chilean host families for a complete Chilean cultural immersion experience. Most families live in Viña del Mar's traditional neighborhood known as Recreo or in the hills known as Alegre and Concepción in Valparaíso. Host families foster immersion by introducing students to relatives, neighbors and friends, as well as everyday Chilean routines and the unique new flavors of traditional dishes.  To be placed in a family in Valparaíso means to become part of a family.  Year-long students are responsible for housing during the break between semesters.


    At your host home, you will enjoy two meals a day: breakfast, and lunch or dinner. Year-long students are responsible for meals between semesters.

Valparaiso, Chile

Where You'll Study

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    Viña del Mar

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

Whether you consider yourself a beginner or have successfully completed a couple semesters of college Spanish language (or equivalent), this program has a language course that suits your Spanish language proficiency. A placement test at the start of the program will determine your level. You will also have access to an extensive selection of electives in English, covering a variety of topics such as Chilean and Latin American history, culture, and contemporary society, hence students of all majors are welcome. Students with a low-intermediate level of Spanish proficiency may enroll in regular content courses taught in Spanish offered for international students with the approval of CIEE’s Valparaíso Academic Coordinator and your home school advisor. 

The academic year program includes two semesters of study and begins during either the northern hemisphere fall or spring semester. Academic-year students who begin their studies during the northern hemisphere fall semester have nearly three months off between semesters to travel or study elsewhere in the region. There is a break of about two weeks between the northern hemisphere spring and fall semesters.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) PUCV is ranked among the top regional universities in Chile and was designated pontifical by the Vatican in 2003. The university has campuses in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and offers more than 50 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate degrees. Of its 15,000 students, 3% are international students, providing students total immersion in a Chilean academic environment. PUCV has a strong international program that offers Spanish and diverse content courses for international students.

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM)
UTFSM is recognized as one of Latin America's best universities for its scientific and technological excellence. UTFSM was ranked by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2019 as the 24th best university in Latin America. In addition, the national institutional accreditation given by the Chilean National Accreditation (CAN) Body is granted for 6 years and UTFSM is currently accredited through 2022. UTFSM offers 84 programs with a total enrollment of 17,000 students at undergraduate level and 3,000 students at the graduate level.  

Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI)
UAI Campus in Viña del Mar is located up the hill at Altos del Sporting, with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and the city. UAI is one of three private universities in Chile to be granted institutional accreditation for five years and it also offers PhD programs accredited by the CNA (The Chilean National Council of Accreditation). UAI was originally called Valparaíso Business School, founded in 1953 by Pedro Ibáñez Ojeda, as the first business school in Chile and in Latin America. UAI became an autonomous university in 1988 and today is an international recognized academic institution with 6,300 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.


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    Students enroll directly in university courses and take classes with other CIEE and international students. Required Spanish language courses are taught by host institution faculty for CIEE and other international students. Classes typically include 10 to 15 students. All courses are taught by local Chilean faculty that holds PhDs or master’s degree in their area of expertise.


    CIEE courses use the U.S. grading scale of A-F. Students' grades are based on attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabus. Host Institutions courses are graded based on class participation, a midterm exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Each instructor determines the breakdown of grades. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. Some courses include mandatory activities and field trips with special assignments as part of classwork. At PUCV and UAI the grading scale runs from 1 to 7, 4 being the passing grade. At UTFSM the grading scale is from 0 to 100, 55 being the passing grade. CIEE translates local grades to recommended U.S. letter grade equivalents. Transcripts for the U.S. spring semester should arrive by mid-September and mid-March for the fall semester. Please keep this in mind if you’re a graduating senior or have timing concerns about getting grades.


    Chilean academic culture generally requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment. Courses are more lecture-based and less interactive, therefore students are expected to know the requirements of the course, turn in assignments on time without reminder, and be present to take tests, quizzes, and exams. Hence, attendance is mandatory, and absences may affect final grades.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    0-3 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • PUCV elective courses: 2-4 U.S. semester/3-6 quarter credits; 30-60 contact hours
  • UTFSM elective courses: 2-5 U.S. semester/ 3-7.5 quarter credits; 30-75 contact hours
  • UAI elective courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English and Spanish

All students must enroll in:

  • Spanish language courses at PUCV
  • Any combination of CIEE and local university elective courses in English or Spanish at the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaiso (PUCV), the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (UAI), and/or the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (USM)

Host Institution Courses

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The following courses are designed by PUCV for international students with beginner level or 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. Students are required to take a total of 6 U.S. credits of Spanish Language courses.

DE VALP-PIIE163 Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary, Beginner level
Theoretical and practical course designed to address the morphological and syntactic aspects of the Spanish language. In this class, 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. 90 contact hours, 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits.

DE VALP PIIE143 Oral and Written Comprehension, and Oral and Written Production for Beginners
From a communicative and intercultural orientation, this class – at a basic level- integrates Spanish language and Chilean culture in order to take advantage of the total immersion context where students live, study, and travel in Valparaíso, Chile. The general objective of the course is to develop the communicative intercultural competence in terms of the four linguistic skills from an interactive perspective oriented to the action; students should be able to interact and engage into different contexts meaningfully and appropriately through diverse communicative activities. 90 contact hours, 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits.

DE VALP-PIIE240 Intermediate Spanish 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. 90 contact hours, 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits.

DE VALP-PIIE260 Intermediate Spanish Grammar for Foreigners
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. 60 contact hours, 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits.

DE VALP-PIIE250 Intermediate Spanish Writing
This course is designed to help those students reinforce their ability to express and compose essays in Spanish for the academic setting. 60 contact hours, 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits.


The following courses are designed and offered by PUCV for international students. All courses below are taught in English:

  • Contemporary Latin American Films
  • Environmental Issues in Chile
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America
  • Latino Studies
  • Resistance, Appropriation and Sustainability: Cross Cultural Encounters with the Native Mapuche People
  • Global Entrepreneurship

Syllabi are available upon request.


The following are the elective courses offered by UTFSM in English for international students:

  • Pre-Colombian Civilizations
  • Latin American Development
  • Chilean Identity
  • Development and Control of Projects
  • Marketing
  • Economics and Management of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: The Chilean Perspective


The following are the elective courses offered by UAI in English for international students:  

  • Latin American Culture and Identity
  • Latin America in the Age of Globalization
  • Latin America on Film
  • Socialism, Capitalism and Communism in Latin America
  • Human Rights in Chile: An Historical Perspective
  • Economic Development in Latin America: Milestones and Crisis
  • International Business: Doing Business in Latin America
  • Sustainable Business in Latin America
  • Marketing Trends and Strategies in Latin America
  • Strategic Leadership

Syllabi available upon request.

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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Latin America Flight Voucher

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 & 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Chilean culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 21 weeks May 1, 2020 Jul 22, 2020* Dec 13, 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 = $13,558 **

Housing = $2,925 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,950

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 = $900

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $250

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $5,010

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.

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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

*** all meals included

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

†† average cost

Spring 2021 21 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Feb 17, 2021* Jul 11, 2021*
Academic year 2020-2021 51 weeks May 1, 2020 Jul 22, 2020* Jul 11, 2021*

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

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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