Valparaiso, Chile

Spanish Language & Chilean Culture

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Fast forward your Spanish in this seaside city of colorful houses and outdoor markets.

Get a taste of Chile's vibrant culture and build practical, real-world skills both in class and through learning adventures, often with local Spanish-speaking teens.

You’ll immerse yourself in all things Chilean through intensive class time and fun day trips to places like Santiago’s fashionable Lastarria district and cultural centers featuring street musicians and performance artists. Engage in Spanish conversation with shopkeepers, students, tour leaders, and peers on guided walking tours- and independently as well! Enjoy traditional Chilean foods like cazuela, charquican, or pancutras.

You’ll live with a local homestay, practicing your Spanish as you prepare and share meals, shop at local markets, learn local customs, and enjoy authentic everyday life. Day by day, you’ll feel the language come easier and more naturally than ever before.

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in Spanish by CIEE professors

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college.

  • Certificate

    A certificate of language learning in Spanish, and documented language growth through pre- and post- program testing

Location & Culture

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Immerse yourself in the daily traditions and culture of the friendly Chilean people.

Rainbow-colored houses, quirky architecture, and cobblestone streets give the port city of Valparaíso, Chile a distinct charm. It’s well known for its street art, diversity, bohemian spirit, and youthful energy.

Valparaíso is also known for its strong focus on education, with both private and public schools actively involved in the artistic, cultural, and social communities here. There are plenty of concerts, museums and activities to keep busy in the city itself.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"That afternoon, we visited a local market to buy handicrafts and stopped by an heladería (ice cream shop) to sample some all-natural ice cream using fruits grown locally (have you ever heard of eggfruit or had fig ice cream?)...."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Catch the wind on sailing trips in the Valparaíso Harbor.
  • Learn how to dance traditional Easter Island folk dances.
  • Try a session of “sonotherapy”, for students to explore and enjoy in “body and mind”, the sounds of world instruments.
  • Put your fancy footwork to good use in a soccer match with local students.
  • Make authentic local specialties in a Chilean cooking workshop at a Chilean high school vocational school.
  • Take a day trip to Santiago—Chile’s largest city, nestled between the snow-capped Andes and Chilean coastal mountain ranges. Visit vibrant cultural sites like La Moneda (presidential palace), Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint, and hip Barrio Lastarria area.
  • Hit the rural beach town of El Quisco for a relaxing time with your CIEE mates. Learn about the local community through a visit to an entrepreneurial bee farm, and visit some of its most outstanding natural landscapes, like Quebrada de Córdoba reserve.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • At least one year of High School Spanish. For intensive language immersion, see our Alicante or Palma de Mallorca programs.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2020 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 11, 2020


Summer Session II 2020 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 8, 2020


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