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Advanced Chilean Immersion
Fall 2024 Semester - Early Start Valparaíso

Advanced Chilean Immersion Available Sessions

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About the Program

Enjoy student life in one of South America's most beautiful cities as you take your Spanish language skills to the next level. Attend classes alongside Chilean students and choose from a wide range of courses taught in Spanish. Flexible course options allow you to earn credits toward your major or fulfill additional graduation requirements. You’ll hone your Spanish language skills through interaction with your classmates, professors, and locals, on campus and off, progressing through the language immersion experience.


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Valparaíso
  • Dates:
  • 6/23/24 - 12/14/24
  • Price:
  • $17,995
  • Credits:
  • 19 - 26
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • Closed
  • Withdraw by:
  • 4/27/24
  • Application Requirements
  • Transcript - Unofficial
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Program Participation Agreement
  • Complete Application
  • Eligibility
  • Minimum
  • 2.5
  • Foreign Language
  • High Intermediate And Above
  • Education
  • High School Graduate

When in Valparaíso, live as the locals do! Choose CEA CAPA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA CAPA Housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can't guarantee housing preferences.

Program Structure

Enroll in 1 PUCV Spanish language course and 4-5 PUCV elective courses from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso's regular course listings. Language courses meet for 60-90 contact hours/3-6 credits, while elective courses meet for 38-76 contact hours/2-5 credits.

You may earn a total of 12-22 credits (up to 390 contact hours) per semester. If you chose the Early Start Option, you may earn an additional 6 credits/90 contact hours. Class days and times vary. 

You'll register for courses and take a language placement exam after you arrive in Valparaíso. You will be enrolled into courses based on their availability. It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. To ensure that you receive credit for the language level you place into, have your home school pre-approve courses at several levels before you leave for Chile. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.




The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.

Navigating the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso Website for Courses

Click here to view Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso courses and syllabi. Expand on each school you are interested in to see which courses are available. Please refer to the degree plan for each school (Malla Curricular) to see the year and semester each course is offered.

Some courses may have pre-requisites requiring students to have already completed specific courses or equivalents at a lower level. As a study abroad student, you are not expected to have taken the specific pre-requisite courses, but you must have studied a relevant or similar course/module in your home country/institution.

If no pre-requisites are specified, then modules should be open to all students. However, you should take previous academic experience into account when making course choices.

Upon arrival in Valparaíso, you will submit a course registration form and take a language placement exam. You will go through an orientation and registration period with the International Office at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Your course schedule will be finalized at that point.


Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.

Caleta Horcon

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.

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Pablo Neruda’s House & Museum in Isla Negra

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.

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Tour of Casablanca Wineries & Grape Harvest

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.

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Visit to Mapuche Ruca

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.

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Sample Budget

This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.

Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.

Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.

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Sample Calendar

Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA CAPA before purchasing airline tickets.

You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.

Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.

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