Valparaiso, Chile

Language In Context

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 17 – Dec 8, 2019 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020
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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, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 19 – Jul 11, 2020 (20 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 19 – Dec 13, 2020 (43 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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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 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso.

  • Get a bigger view of Chilean society

    with excursions around the country.

  • NEIGHBORHOODS MAKE UP VALPARAISO’S HISTORIC QUARTER, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

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  • UNIVERSITIES IN THE CITIES OF VALPARAÍISO AND VIÑA DEL MAR

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  • HILLS (CERROS) THAT MAKE THE “PORTEÑO” LIFE

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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. 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

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

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

PROJECTS

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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  • HOUSING

    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.

  • MEALS

    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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    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE VALPARAÍSO

    Valparaíso

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    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE VALPARAÍSO

    Viña del Mar

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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.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    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.

  • GRADING

    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.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

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

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total semester credit: 15-18 semester/21-27 quarter credits
  • Total academic year credit: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter credits
  • PUCV elective courses: typically 30-60 contact hours; 2-4 semester/3-6 quarter credits
  • UTFSM elective courses: typically 30-75 contact hours; 2-5 semester/ 3-7.5 quarter credits
  • UAI elective courses: typically 45 contact hours; 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits

Students are required to enroll in up to two Spanish language courses for a minimum of 6 semester/9 quarter credits. The reminder of the coursework – a minimum of 9 and up to a total of 12 semester credits – may be selected from CIEE elective courses and from any of our partner institution course offerings in English. Intermediate Spanish Language I and II students may elect to take courses in Spanish as allowed by the host institution.

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.

Spring 2020 Courses

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Required Language Courses

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 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 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 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 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 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 semester/6 quarter credits.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

Note: This course is taught in Spanish only; students interested in enrolling in this course must have an Intermediate II or higher proficiency level of Spanish language. The course is 3 credits and 45 contact hours.

PUCV ELECTIVE COURSES

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

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.

Environmental Issues in Chile
The course aims at studying and analyzing global environmental problems of modern society. Students will discuss the causes of such problems and analyze their possible solutions. In modern trends of higher education, professor traditional teaching approach is substituted by the concept of student learning. Accordingly, the course will have a few lecture classes by the professor. The course will focus on interactive discussions about global environmental issues. During the discussions in class, every student will have the opportunity of expressing their opinions and discussing (or strengthening) their classmate opinions. The professor will select appropriate cases, articles and videos for the discussions.

Human Rights in Latin America
This course will examine the evolution, approaches and debates regarding Human Rights in Latin America during the 20th and 21st centuries, paying particular attention to the Chilean case. Since the end of WWII, we have seen “human rights” evolve from a more abstract theoretical concept to an increasingly compelling and influential moral and legal instrument in confronting human suffering injustice and collective memory. Yet, numerous challenges remain to the prevention and eradication of human rights violations globally. For instance, the very idea of “universal” human rights remains controversial, and debates over what issues can legitimately be consider under the umbrella of human rights persist. This course introduces the student to the interdisciplinary study of human rights as a concept, as a set of laws and institutions, and as a set of political and cultural practices. We will examine the historical, political, legal, social and cultural aspects of the topic.

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.

Latino Studies
This course examines the heterogeneity of the Chicano/Latino experience in the United States. A major focus of this course understands the contemporary public policy issues and obstacles Chicano (a)/Latino (a) communities face within the U.S. and how these obstacles might be overcome. Topics to be discussed include immigration policy and immigrant incorporation, assimilation, intersectionality (race, gender and class), identity construction, education, work, and interracial and intra-ethnic relations, to name a few. Throughout the course, we will consider the various ways that relations of class, race/ethnicity, gender, age, and citizenship intersect and affect Latinos’ access to opportunity and equality. Students are encouraged to create new knowledge through class discussions and participation, critical thinking and analysis. Class lectures, discussions, and assignments are geared towards helping students develop a critical understanding of the primary issues related to the experiences of Chicanos/Latinos living in the U.S. Readings for the course are taken from a variety of disciplines, but most will be examined through a sociological lens. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Americans of Latin American origin. This diverse population includes people who trace their heritage to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and many other Latin American and Caribbean nations. The curriculum seeks to provide an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the language (Spanglish), history, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, social ecology, health, medicine, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments in Chicano/Puerto Rican and other Latino communities.

Resistance, Appropriation and Sustainability: Cross Cultural Encounters with the Native Mapuche People
This course offers a way to learn by engaging in direct contact with the native Mapuche population living in Chile. The center of this learning experience is based on four whole day engagements with urban Mapuche communities centered in the cities of Santiago, Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. This practical didactic will be integrated with the academic content of the course and will require that the students observe and learn in their encounters in order to integrate this knowledge with their academic activities.

Global Entrepreneurship
The course presents all the basic of how to start and became a founder of a technology-based start-up. The topics include an overview of what innovation is and entrepreneurship methodologies such as design thinking business model canvas, customer development, lean startup and general management and team building notions. The content of the course comprehends theoretical and practical guided by the development of a startup idea. 

PUCV offers the following courses in Spanish for international students with Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Proficiency:

Modern Chilean History
Urban History and Regional History of Valparaíso
History of Twentieth Century Latin America

Chilean Art and Society in the Pre-Hispanic Era
Contemporary Latin American Poetry
Latin American Short Story
Twentieth-Century Chilean Poetry: Neruda, Parra, Huidobro y la Rokha
Traditional Chilean Dances

Syllabi are available upon request.

UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA SANTA MARIA (UTFSM) COURSES

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

Pre-Colombian Civilizations
The student distinguishes the pre-Columbian civilizations through their different phases of evolution, focusing on the Amerindian worldview, through the study of multiple artistic and religious traditions. The student develops a global vision of the inheritance and legacy of the Amerindian peoples to the current Latin American culture, contrasting it with their own.

Latin American Development
The student acquires a global perspective on the historical, social and political phenomena in the region. Through the study of popular revolutions and military dictatorships in Latin America considering the world historical context. The student develops a deep and informed opinion about Latin American problems, through the analysis of the economic and social patterns that are at the base of the transformation of the great countries of Latin America.

Chilean Identity
The student distinguishes and appreciates the concept of Culture and identity and inquiries about their definitions in anthropology and philosophy. The student also applies techniques of observation of cultural phenomena in different typical locations and contrasts theory with practice, performs ethnographic tasks of gathering information that will allow him to write a digital book.

Development and Control of Projects
The student applies concepts, fundamentals, tools and techniques related to Project Management methodologies whatever their nature and faces the decisional processes that companies must adopt to achieve their strategic objectives in the complex environments in which they must operate. The student participates in the management of a project where he faces the management of roles associated with communication and teamwork.

Marketing
The student learns the methodology to formulate a Marketing Plan and recognizes the concepts and types of marketing and performs the analysis that allows them to select market segments that add value to the company through the generation of competitive advantages. The student diagnoses the attractiveness of the industry, determines the level of competitiveness of the company and analyzes the market through these analyzes to define its segmentation. Also, the student takes strategic and tactical decisions with the help of technologies for each selected market segment in simulated marketing environments.

Using these analyzes diagnoses the attractiveness of the industry, determines the level of competitiveness of the company and analyzes the market to define the segmentation. In simulated marketing environments, with the help of technologies, it makes strategic and tactical decisions for each selected market segment.

Economics and Management of Natural Resources and the Environment
This course complements the training process of the student of Business Administration, allowing students to delve, from a practical point of view and according to their personal interests, into the economic theory and the available instruments of public intervention for the design of effective policies of natural resources management and the environment.

Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: The Chilean Perspective
Today’s engineers are required to manage those strategic skills which are in line with the many challenges of the knowledge society of our time in order to make organizational decisions within rapidly changing scenarios. In this context, the course potentiates the necessary managerial skills and competences that enable such decision making, such as: strategic thinking, leadership, communication, and team work among others.

Thus, this course is organized and focused on the conceptualization, formulation and implementation of Strategic Management in organizations. This is done through the exploration of the functions and nature of diverse management actions, decision making, and the fundamental principles that should guide the work of professional managers of today. Hence the student manages to build from an engineering perspective, competitive advantages with different strategic approaches, scenarios that are applicable to different organizational levels.

UNIVERSIDAD ADOLFO IBANEZ (UAI) COURSES

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.

 

Fall 2019 Courses

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PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE VALPARAISO (PUCV) COURSES

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 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. Contact hours: 90. Credits: 6 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. Contact hours: 90.  Credits: 6 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. Contact hours: 90. Credits: 6 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. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4 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. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

The following are courses offered by PUCV in Spanish for international students with intermediate and advanced Spanish proficiency:

Modern Chilean History
Urban History and Regional History of Valparaíso
History of Twentieth Century Latin America

Chilean Art and Society in the Pre-Hispanic Era
Contemporary Latin American Poetry
Latin American Short Story
Twentieth-Century Chilean Poetry: Neruda, Parra, Huidobro y la Rokha
Traditional Chilean Dances

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

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: 60 Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.

Environmental Issues in Chile
The course aims at studying and analyzing global environmental problems of modern society. Students will discuss the causes of such problems and analyze their possible solutions. In modern trends of higher education, professor traditional teaching approach is substituted by the concept of student learning. Accordingly, the course will have a few lecture classes by the professor. The course will focus on interactive discussions about global environmental issues. During the discussions in class, every student will have the opportunity of expressing their opinions and discussing (or strengthening) their classmate opinions. The professor will select appropriate cases, articles and videos for the discussions. Contact hours: 60 Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.  

Human Rights in Latin America
This course will examine the evolution, approaches and debates regarding Human Rights in Latin America during the 20th and 21st centuries, paying particular attention to the Chilean case. Since the end of WWII, we have seen “human rights” evolve from a more abstract theoretical concept to an increasingly compelling and influential moral and legal instrument in confronting human suffering injustice and collective memory. Yet, numerous challenges remain to the prevention and eradication of human rights violations globally. For instance, the very idea of “universal” human rights remains controversial, and debates over what issues can legitimately be consider under the umbrella of human rights persist. This course introduces the student to the interdisciplinary study of human rights as a concept, as a set of laws and institutions, and as a set of political and cultural practices. We will examine the historical, political, legal, social and cultural aspects of the topic. Contact hours: 60 Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.  

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: 60. Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.

Latino Studies
This course examines the heterogeneity of the Chicano/Latino experience in the United States. A major focus of this course understands the contemporary public policy issues and obstacles Chicano (a)/Latino (a) communities face within the U.S. and how these obstacles might be overcome. Topics to be discussed include immigration policy and immigrant incorporation, assimilation, intersectionality (race, gender and class), identity construction, education, work, and interracial and intra-ethnic relations, to name a few. Throughout the course, we will consider the various ways that relations of class, race/ethnicity, gender, age, and citizenship intersect and affect Latinos’ access to opportunity and equality. Students are encouraged to create new knowledge through class discussions and participation, critical thinking and analysis. Class lectures, discussions, and assignments are geared towards helping students develop a critical understanding of the primary issues related to the experiences of Chicanos/Latinos living in the U.S. Readings for the course are taken from a variety of disciplines, but most will be examined through a sociological lens. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to examine the historical and contemporary experiences of Americans of Latin American origin. This diverse population includes people who trace their heritage to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and many other Latin American and Caribbean nations. The curriculum seeks to provide an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the language (Spanglish), history, culture, literature, sociology, anthropology, politics, social ecology, health, medicine, and creative (art, dance, drama, film, music) accomplishments in Chicano/Puerto Rican and other Latino communities. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.

Resistance, Appropriation and Sustainability: Cross Cultural Encounters with the Native Mapuche People
This course offers a way to learn by engaging in direct contact with the native Mapuche population living in Chile. The center of this learning experience is based on four whole day engagements with urban Mapuche communities centered in the cities of Santiago, Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. This practical didactic will be integrated with the academic content of the course and will require that the students observe and learn in their encounters in order to integrate this knowledge with their academic activities. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.

Global Entrepreneurship
The course presents all the basic of how to start and became a founder of a technology based startup. The topics include an overview of what innovation is and entrepreneurship methodologies such as design thinking business model canvas, customer development, lean startup and general management and team building notions. The content of the course comprehends theoretical and practical guided by the development of a startup idea. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

Note: This course is taught in Spanish only; students interested in enrolling in this course must have an Intermediate II or higher proficiency level of Spanish language. The course is 3 credits and 45 contact hours.

UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA SANTA MARIA (USM) COURSES

The following are the elective courses offered by USM in English for international students.

Pre-Colombian Civilizations
The student distinguishes the pre-Columbian civilizations through their different phases of evolution, focusing on the Amerindian worldview, through the study of multiple artistic and religious traditions. The student develops a global vision of the inheritance and legacy of the Amerindian peoples to the current Latin American culture, contrasting it with their own. Contact hours: 25.5. Credits 2 semester/3 quarter credits.

Latin American Development
The student acquires a global perspective on the historical, social and political phenomena in the region. Through the study of popular revolutions and military dictatorships in Latin America considering the world historical context. The student develops a deep and informed opinion about Latin American problems, through the analysis of the economic and social patterns that are at the base of the transformation of the great countries of Latin America. Contact hours: 52.5. Credits 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

Chilean Identity
The student distinguishes and appreciates the concept of Culture and identity and inquiries about their definitions in anthropology and philosophy. The student also applies techniques of observation of cultural phenomena in different typical locations and contrasts theory with practice, performs ethnographic tasks of gathering information that will allow him to write a digital book. Contact hours: 52.5. Credits: 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

Development and Control of Projects
The student applies concepts, fundamentals, tools and techniques related to Project Management methodologies whatever their nature and faces the decisional processes that companies must adopt to achieve their strategic objectives in the complex environments in which they must operate. The student participates in the management of a project where he faces the management of roles associated with communication and teamwork. Contact hours: 96. Credits: 5 semester/7.5 quarter credits.

Marketing
The student learns the methodology to formulate a Marketing Plan and recognizes the concepts and types of marketing and performs the analysis that allows them to select market segments that add value to the company through the generation of competitive advantages. The student diagnoses the attractiveness of the industry, determines the level of competitiveness of the company and analyzes the market through these analyzes to define its segmentation. Also, the student takes strategic and tactical decisions with the help of technologies for each selected market segment in simulated marketing environments.

Using these analyzes diagnoses the attractiveness of the industry, determines the level of competitiveness of the company and analyzes the market to define the segmentation. In simulated marketing environments, with the help of technologies, it makes strategic and tactical decisions for each selected market segment. Contact hours: 75. Credits: 5 semester/7.5 quarter credits.

Economics and Management of Natural Resources and the Environment
This course complements the training process of the student of Business Administration, allowing students to delve, from a practical point of view and according to their personal interests, into the economic theory and the available instruments of public intervention for the design of effective policies of natural resources management and the environment. Contact hours: 51. Credits: 5 semester/7.5 quarter credits.

Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: The Chilean Perspective
Today’s engineers are required to manage those strategic skills which are in line with the many challenges of the knowledge society of our time in order to make organizational decisions within rapidly changing scenarios. In this context, the course potentiates the necessary managerial skills and competences that enable such decision making, such as: strategic thinking, leadership, communication, and team work among others.

Thus, this course is organized and focused on the conceptualization, formulation and implementation of Strategic Management in organizations. This is done through the exploration of the functions and nature of diverse management actions, decision making, and the fundamental principles that should guide the work of professional managers of today. Hence the student manages to build from an engineering perspective, competitive advantages with different strategic approaches, scenarios that are applicable to different organizational levels. Contact hours: 51. Credits: 5 semester/7.5 quarter credits.

UNIVERSIDAD ADOLFO IBANEZ (UAI) COURSES

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.

Scholarships

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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

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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • 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

No Hidden Fees

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 21 weeks Deadline Passed Jul 17, 2019 Dec 8, 2019
$16,450
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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 = $13,058 **

Housing = $2,925 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

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

*** Includes 2 meals per day

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

†† average cost

Academic year 2019-2020 21 weeks Deadline Passed Jul 17, 2019 TBD
$30,715
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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 = $24,398 **

Housing = $5,850 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $30,715

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 = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,100

Local Transportation = $900

Books & Supplies = $750

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,400

Expenses during break = $16,000 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $26,610

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.

See Scholarships

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

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost

††† calendar year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Spring 2020 20 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Feb 19, 2020* Jul 11, 2020*
$16,950
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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.

See Scholarships

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

*** includes 2 meals per day

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

†† average cost

Fall 2020 21 weeks May 1, 2020 Jul 22, 2020* Dec 13, 2020*
$16,950
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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

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.

See Scholarships

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

*** includes 2 meals per day

Calendar year 2020 43 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Feb 19, 2020* Dec 13, 2020*
$16,950
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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.

See Scholarships

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

*** includes 2 meals per day

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

†† average cost

*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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