We’re proud to announce two new partner institutions in Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), which is ranked in the top 30 Latin American universities, and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), a business school with AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA accreditation. CEA is now accepting applications for Fall 2018 Chilean programs at PUCV in Valparaíso and UAI in Viña del Mar.
Valparaíso CEA will offer a Spanish Language & Latin American Studies program at PUCV, an urban university with a centrally located main campus in downtown Valparaíso; we now offer a Spanish Language & Latin American Studies program. Semester students will take Spanish language and round out their schedule with courses such as Latino Studies, Human Rights in Chile and Latin America, and Environmental Issues in Chile, with Summer and Short-term programs also available.
Viña del Mar Perched on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Viña del Mar, UAI houses our Chilean business program. Students will take courses with other international students, and can take 1-2 Spanish language courses and 3-4 electives in subject areas such as Business, Latin American & Chilean Studies, Management, Marketing, and History.
Because they are smaller coastal cities, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are ideal for students who want to experience cultural immersion in seaside, Spanish-speaking locations rich with history. As always, CEA provides quality pre-departure advising, onsite support, and a personal touch.
Lilian Trigo is the Program Director for our two Chilean locations. Originally from this area, Lilian holds a B.A. from PUCV and has more than 20 years of experience in the education field. A longtime teacher, Lilian is also currently working on a master's degree. Lilian has traveled extensively, including to the U.S. and across England as a group leader of a Summer program for teens.
Many of you probably have a CEA Alumni Ambassador that has helped you in your info sessions, pre-departure orientation, at study abroad fairs, or perhaps is reaching out to clubs and communities on campus your study abroad office can’t reach. But what are ambassadors doing after graduation, and how does CEA help alumni professionally? We talked to Karisa Desjardins from Champlain College who went to Paris in 2014 to see this Alumni Ambassador program in action. Here’s what she said:
“Being an Alumni Ambassador really helped me grow professionally. I loved how ambassadors located all over the US were able to connect during our meetings about where we had studied and what we missed most. It’s an incredibly wonderful community to have if you miss your study abroad experience!
The ambassador position also prepared me for the “real world”—from having webinars on résumé writing, to networking to finding a job. The Alumni Ambassador leadership team makes sure you’re getting the most out of your ambassadorship. I’m forever grateful to them!
Throwback to the Fontainebleau excursion, Fall 2014 with my study abroad friends
I returned to Paris in the fall of 2016 to complete an onsite Ambassadorship with CEA Paris. I spent three months helping new students adjust to Parisian life and continued improving my French!
When this ambassadorship ended, I moved to Montreal, Canada to work at a travel startup, Hopper, for one year. Then, I relocated to New York City and started working at theSkimm. My study abroad experience showed me that there is a whole other world out there; it inspired me to think big and find a career that I was passionate about.” —Karisa Desjardins
As you advise students on overseas programs, it is important to ask key questions and perform a student readiness assessment. Internships abroad often require students to step outside their comfort zones and take risks. With this in mind, we want to make sure internship students are motivated, have the capacity to manage ambiguity, are equipped with foundational skills, know about a career field, are curious, and demonstrate a higher level of maturity than the average study abroad student.
By asking assessment questions like these, you’ll learn if students are best served by internships abroad:
What is your main reason for going abroad?
What differences have you identified between studying and interning abroad?
What are your top 3 top goals for completing an internship?
What do you envision doing at your internship abroad and learning from it?
Capacity to Manage Ambiguity
How do you cope when things are uncertain? Give me an example.
How do you manage change? Give me an example.
How easy is it for you to let go of your expectations and embrace new experiences?
Career Readiness and Foundational Skills
What work or volunteer experience do you have?
What career skills can you offer the company?
How do you see yourself working in this field?
Are you open to new experiences?
Are you ambitious?
Are you willing to engage with colleagues and learn from them?
Give me an example when you were responsible and did a great job of following through.
Give me an example of a large project or task that you completed on your own.
Give me an example of a time when a leader, teacher, or employer gave you feedback and expected you to improve on your own. Describe how you grew.
By keeping these success markers in mind, you will discover if students are right for internships abroad and provide solid recommendations. Be sure to remind students that our internships have options, and Study + Internship experiences are available at no additional charge.