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