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Viña del Mar, Chile

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This relaxed, friendly city offers the best of both worlds: Easy access to Chile's natural wonders and urban amenities, all in a city that's home to so many parks that it’s nicknamed "The Garden City". When you study abroad in Viña del Mar, immerse yourself in Spanish language and international business through courses at the University of Adolfo Ibañez, one of the top business schools in Latin America and first Chilean university to obtain triple accreditation from AACSB, AMA and EQUIS. Gain hands-on experience through CEA's volunteering opportunities and turn the city into your classroom through a range of cultural activities, like visits to Casablanca’s wineries, poet Pablo Neruda's home on Isla Negra, and excursions.

Programs to love in Viña del Mar

Programs to love in Viña del Mar

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International Business

International Business

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Experience why Chile is considered one of the most stable economies and prosperous nations in South America. You’ll delve into topics like economic development in South America and how to create and conduct sustainable business through your courses taught in English.  You’ll also improve your Spanish language skills by taking language courses, offered for all levels of ability, to boost your fluency. This program offers the perfect blend of language and culture alongside business courses for anyone seeking insight into Latin American and Chilean culture, history, and society.

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  • Starting at $11,895
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • 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
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

San Pedro de Quillota

Tour of Casablanca Wineries & Grape Harvest

Pablo Neruda’s House & Museum in Isla Negra

Caleta Horcon

One of the benefits of studying abroad is the chance to explore outside your host city. Excursions are offered for all semester, and summer programs. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer students are typically offered between 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: 

Day Trip to San Pedro de Quillota

A common activity for the city dwellers of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso is to sneak away to the Chilean countryside to experience the everyday pleasures of life. Spend the day visiting historic sites, including a National Railroad Monument, and learn about one of the agricultural regions that feeds the country.

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.

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.

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.

Food Tasting and Port of Valparíso Tour

The Port of Valparíso, the largest in Chile is known for its colorful boats, beautiful views of the bay, lazy sea lions, and packed markets. Whet your appetite with new seafood and dishes loved by locals while experiencing the magic of the port around you.

Traditional Chilean Café

Food and fellowship are at the heart of Chilean culture. Whether you choose the Pastel de Choclo or Cazuela, you’ll get a taste of the Chilean culture with a traditional meal at a local café. Spend time with your peers, learn about the food culture of Chile, and give your tastebuds a treat!

Local Brewery Visit

The craft brewery trend isn’t unique to just the U.S. With more than 250 craft breweries within the country, you’ll experience a local brewery just outside of Viña del Mar. Learn about the local beer scene, taste some local favorites, and get to know your peers in a casual environment.

Pablo Neruda's House & Museum in La Sebastiana

Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean writer was a man of many homes- three to be exact. Explore his most artistic house and take in a stunning view of the port of Valparaíso while perusing his many corners and nooks filled with old maps and paintings.

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer a few hours per week to aid in social work activities. You can volunteer at a local animal shelter, assist in teaching English in a school or community center, assist at a local community daycare, or provide necessities and visit with the local homeless population. Through volunteer work, you will not only make many new and exciting acquaintances, but also may have potentially life-changing experiences.

Mobile Journalist Program 

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experiences abroad, then share them on social media. 

Alumni Ambassador Program 

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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Viña del Mar Housing

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Semester

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.

Typical Commute

  • Universidad Adolfo Ibañez: 20-30 minutes by bus

 

Meals Included

  • 3 meals per day (M-Sun)

Roommates

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

Unit Amenities

  • Access to kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Telephone access available
  • Washer only
  • Space heaters
  • Fans available
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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.

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Institutions

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Founded in 1953 as the Escuela de Negocios de Valparaiso, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) was the first business school in Chile and Latin America.  Today it is a top Business School in Latin America and is the first Chilean university to obtain triple accreditation from AACSB, AMA and EQUIS.

UAI is home to schools of Business, Engineering, Law, Journalism, Psychology, Government, Liberal Arts and Design and enrolls more than 6,300 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students across its campuses. International students will study at the Viña del Mar Campus, which was designed by José Cruz, winner of the National Architecture Prize in 2012. The campus features first-class infrastructure including libraries with study rooms, fitness facilities, and the best audiovisual resources and network connections.

The UAI Campus in Viña del Mar is located atop a hill at Altos del Sporting with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding city.

Accreditation

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is a private institution of higher education recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning. The school holds accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Grading

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

97-100%

A+

6.0-6.6

94-96%

A

5.6-5.9

90-93%

A-

5.3-5.5

87-89%

B+

5.0-5.2

84-86%

B

4.6-4.9

80-83%

B-

4.4-4.5

77-79%

C+

4.2-4.3

74-76%

C

4.0-4.1

70-73%

C-

3.7-3.9

67-69%

F

Below 3.7

-

F


Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and UAI, but that final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university.

Classroom and Information

  • Chilean or other Latin American faculty teach Spanish language courses and Business electives.
  • 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 and Business/Elective courses.
  • You may attend class with other CEA students and other international students.

Amenities
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Area
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services
  • Travel Books & Resources
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
  • Free Campus Shuttle
  • Banks & Post Office
  • On-campus ATM
  • Museum & Art Galleries
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Viña del Mar Staff

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Lilian Trigo

Program Director