University of Viña del Mar



The University of Viňa del Mar is recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

Founded in 1988, the University of Viña del Mar (UVM) is a private institution of higher education recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education.

UVM is home to schools of architecture, art and design, agricultural sciences, communications, law, education and the humanities, engineering, kinesiology, business, and technology and enrolls more than 8,000 students across its three campuses. UVM is best known among international students for its renowned Spanish Center, which became an Associated Center of the Cervantes Institute—one of only two in Chile—in 2013. The Center draws Spanish language students from around the world, while UVM’s other schools also draw students from Chile and Latin America, offering a truly integrated experience.

CEA students at the University of Viña del Mar spend most of their time at the Diego Portales and Rodelillo campuses; the Diego Portales campus is home to the university’s Department of International Relations and Outreach (DRI), the Business School, and the Spanish Center, and is only a short bus ride from the university’s main campus, Rodelillo, located in the upper part of the city.

Classroom and Information

  • Chilean or other Latin American faculty from the Office of International Education and the Center for Spanish Language teach Spanish language courses and electives. UVM faculty teach integrated courses.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Class attendance is generally mandatory and monitored by professors.
  • Teaching styles in Chile may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 5 and 15 students for Spanish language courses, and between 10 and 150 students for integrated courses.
  • You may attend class with other CEA students, other international students, or Chilean and Latin American students.


The Chilean grading system is based on a scale of 7, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, it would be inaccurate to merely multiply a Chilean grade by 7 to find its U.S. equivalent. Grading varies from subject to subject. For example, a student may receive a 7 for completing all the problems correctly on a math exam, whereas in the humanities, a 5 on an essay is an acceptable grade. Grading in Chile is rather severe; depending on the subject, 6 may be considered an excellent grade. In yet other circumstances, a 5 is considered exceptional. Grades of 6 and above are quite rare, although grading in Spanish language courses may be a bit less stringent.

Chilean Number Grade

US Percentage

US Letter Grade

6.7 - 7.0






























Below 3.7




Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and the University of Viña del Mar, but that final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university.


CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Lilian Trigo

Program Director
Viña del Mar, Chile
Lilian attends to student issues including academics, housing, excursions, and social activities with our partner university the University of Viña del Mar (UVM). Before joining CEA, Lilian taught for more than 20 years at various levels of elementary school, high school, and higher education. She has also participated in international programs for students from Germany and the U.S., including student exchange programs and volunteer work in Chile.
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