Study Abroad in Valparaíso, Chile


Bursting with color and old-world charm thanks to its brightly painted buildings, Valparaiso is the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as the cultural capital of Chile, the city is spontaneous, cheerful, and just a little bit gritty: a perfect introduction to Latin life. When you study abroad in Valparaiso, visit La Sebastiana, the home-turned-museum of great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Improve your Spanish language skills through courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and get a grasp of Latin American culture in Valparaíso, “the jewel of the Pacific.”

About the Country


When you study abroad in Chile, you’ll learn how to savor the good things: nature’s beauty, new experiences, and a quality education. This unusually long and narrow country features the majority of South America’s western coastline and encompasses a wide variety of ecosystems spread across four distinct natural regions.  If you love spending time outdoors, Chile is the playground you’ve been waiting to explore. When you aren’t in class, you’ll have the opportunity to go whitewater rafting, surf the Pacific Ocean, horseback ride through lush green valleys, ski in the Andes, hike through the forests of Alerce Andino National park, kayak through the Laguna de Incas, take a boat tour of Patagonia’s Marble Caves, cruise through spectacular fjords and gleaming glaciers, star gaze in the Atacama Desert, and sunbathe on shimmering white sand beaches.      

Lilian Trigo, Program Director, Valparaíso

Lilian attends to student issues including academics, housing, excursions, and social activities with our partner universities. 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. More

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Local Highlights

Caleta Portales

This important fishing cove, located at the city limits of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, draws local people and tourists every day to buy a variety of fresh fish. It’s also a great place to enjoy delicious local seafood at nearby restaurants.

Palacio Baburizza

Spend an afternoon taking in one of the most important art collections in Chile at the Fine Arts Museum of Valparaiso.  Located in the Baburizza Palace, this Art Nouveau style palace was built by one of the most important families of Valparaiso, the Zanelli family.

Paseo Gervasoni

Stroll along one of Valparaiso’s most scenic and colorful streets. Admire the breath-taking views of the city, colonial –era mansions, and watch the fishing boats come and go from the ports. Most days you’ll find local artisans selling hand-made jewelry, paintings, bags and other such trinkets. 

Parque Nacional La Campana

If you enjoy hiking and adventure, take the metro train inland to the town of Limache and then hop on a bus to Olmue. The National Park La Campana offers, hiking paths, picnic areas, viewpoints, and camping sites.

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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, Viña del Mar, Chile
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