Valparaiso, Chile

Spanish Language & Chilean Culture

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Information for term Spanish Language & Chilean Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – Jul 6, 2019 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – Aug 3, 2019 (4 weeks)


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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 host family, 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. Your hosts will be more than happy to take you explore the famous Dunas de Concon, the beaches in Viña, and National Park La Campana!

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 shoppe) 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 Host Family

  • 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.
  • Bike along the beautiful shoreline of Viña del Mar, Valparaíso’s sister city.
  • Join traditional dance and folk music workshops.
  • Put your fancy footwork to good use in a soccer workshop 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. VVisit vibrant cultural sites like La Moneda (presidential palace), Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint, and hip Barrio Lastarria area.
  • Hit the rural beach towns of the Chilean coast for an artsy excursion. Visit Pomaire town and the coast to watch local craftsmen at work.

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 Insureance, 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 2019 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jul 6, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Aug 3, 2019


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