What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Viña del Mar:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Generali Global Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.


Engage in Viña del Mar’s vibrant culture firsthand when you live in a homestay with a Chilean family. For the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving Spanish language skills and cultural understanding, homestays provide the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily lives of Chilean locals.


  • CEA Office at the Centro de Español: 10-20 minutes by bus / 20-30 minutes walking
  • University of Viña del Mar: 10-20 minutes by bus / 20-30 minutes walking


  • 3 meals per day (M-Sun)


  • 1 student per room
  • 1-2 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Private bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only
  • Space heaters
  • Fans available

Independent Living


While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Viña del Mar housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.








One of the benefits of studying abroad is the chance to explore outside your host city. Excursions are offered for all semester, year, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered two to three excursions and summer students are typically offered one to two excursions. You will receive a calendar of excursions during orientation. Here are some of the day trips and weekend trips we’ve offered in the past:

Tour of Valparaíso

See the main attractions of Valparaíso, one of Chile’s most important cities, while learning about the rich cultural and historical background of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Once known as “the Jewel of the Pacific,”

Valparaíso was an important stop for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Straits of Magellan. Take a boat ride across the bay, a tour through the historic center, and gaze at the sweeping port from the hills that stretch above the city.

Visit to Mapuche Ruca

The Mapuche are indigenous to Chile, and their history is as rich as it is dramatic. Learn the story from the Mapuche themselves as you engage with this unique culture in a traditional Mapuche ruca, or hut. You will also have the opportunity to experience Mapuche dances, rituals, and a traditional meal.

Tour of Casablanca Wineries & Grape Harvest

Chile’s booming wine industry harvests grapes from mid-March until the end of April. Experience the harvesting and wine-making process first-hand at a Casablanca winery. Sampling local wines and indulging in an appetizing Chilean meal completes the day in delightful way.

Villa Grimaldi

Located on the outskirts of Santiago, this was the main detention center during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Between 1974-78, roughly 5,000 people were brought here and tortured; 240 did not survive. Now a “Park for Peace,” the site is a national monument dedicated to human rights and honors the victims of the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional (DINA), the Chilean secret police.

National Congress of Chile

As you will undoubtedly discover for yourself, Chile’s political structures have changed dramatically in recent history. Although not the capital, Valparaiso is the seat of government in Chile. On this trip, you’ll tour the legislature buildings and learn about Chilean political systems.

Pablo Neruda’s House & Museum in Isla Negra

Named by the famous Chilean writer, Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra or “Black Island” was Neruda’s home for 34 years. Today, it’s a museum; here you can see the house where Neruda’s poetry was penned in green ink and learn about the poet-turned-politician’s life. The isle and area surrounding it are still a haven for artists and writers today.

Caleta Horcon

Horcón is a small fishing village an hour north of Viña del Mar. In this lovely, rustic place, you’ll find fishermen, artisans, and artists living in peaceful harmony. Enjoy the local food, scenic walks, and wait for the boats to arrive with their fish every morning. This little spot is truly a magical place for a weekend excursion.

Cultural Engagement

Make the most of your study abroad experience by immersion in the local culture. CEA offer ways you can get involved through activities that fit your interests. Learn about our range of extracurricular immersion activities.

National Botanical Garden

Spend an afternoon in Viña del Mar’s botanical garden, taking in the natural beauty on a leisurely walk, followed by a picnic. The garden covers 40 hectares and is home to more than 3,000 native and exotic plant species.

Horseback ride

Under the supervision of experts, we’ll gallop through the beautiful Chilean coast and countryside. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the romantic in all of us.

Other Opportunities

The International Club

The Club Internacional UVM is a new program created by the Vice-Presidency of Internationalization and Outreach that wishes to help the integration of international students and to promote their interaction with regular UVM students.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer a few hours per week to aid in social work activities, such as working with children at a local orphanage or providing English language training. Through volunteer work, students will not only make many new and exciting acquaintances, but also may have potentially life-changing experiences.

What Our Student Said

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The ease of the program and knowledge of the entire organization is top notch. The experience they provided for me was incredible. …CEA makes living in a foreign country completely convenient.

Gerardo Reyes
New Mexico State University,
Fall 2013, vina-del-mar

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