About the City

Viña del Mar

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. Immerse in Spanish language and Chilean culture through courses at the University of Viña del Mar, known for its focus on international students and its pioneering environmental engineering program. Gain hands-on experience through CEA's volunteering and service learning 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 to the nearby capital, Santiago.

About the Country


From the towering Andes in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, Chile’s dramatic landscapes run the gamut, lush vineyards and arid deserts, sunny beaches and green forests. In this long, narrow country — stretching more than 2,670 miles from top to bottom but only 217 miles across — you’ll experience some of Latin America's most diverse ecosystems while engaging with Chile’s rich cultural heritage. Share a cup of tea while practicing your Spanish skills with locals, tour Chile’s legendary vineyards, take a hike on a glacier, and attend class with Chilean students for a truly integrated experience.

Lilian Trigo, Program Director, Viña del Mar

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.

Soul Café

“A good day starts with coffee and soul,“ as they say... Soul Café is a unique, intimate place for a lot more than coffee. Located in downtown Viña del Mar, this welcoming spot offers great coffee, a vast selection of teas, juices, sandwiches, salads, and pastries, along with good music.


Take a 15-minute bus ride to the next town, ConCon, a.k.a. Gastronomic Capital of Chile. Try the best empanadas, take a lovely walk at the beach, enjoy surfing on wonderful waves, or go sand boarding on rolling sand dunes.

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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Fall 14 MOJO, Vina del Mar.

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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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