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Spanish Language & Latin American Studies
Fall 2021 Semester - Early Start Valparaíso

Spanish Language & Latin American Studies Available Sessions

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About the Program

Explore Latin American culture and learn about this geographically diverse country while improving your Spanish language skills in Chile! Whether you’re a beginning Spanish speaker, speak at an advanced proficiency level, or are somewhere in between, you’ll take language courses that’ll boost your fluency. During the semester, courses taught in English or Spanish provide you with insight into Latin American and Chilean culture, history, and society.

Program Notes


Fall 2021:
Courses at PUCV will be offered exclusively online for the first two months of the semester (including early start). Students are expected to travel to Chile in early September for in-person coursework for the remainder of the program.

Requirements


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • Valparaíso
  • Dates:
  • 6/14/21 - 11/13/21
  • Price:
  • $14,695
  • Credits:
  • 19 - 27
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • 4/23/21
  • Withdraw by:
  • 4/30/21
  • Application Requirements
  • Complete Application
  • Transcript - Unofficial
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Eligibility
  • Education
    Completed:
  • High School Graduate
  • Foreign Language Proficiency:
  • All Levels
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.5

Ranking in the top 30 of Latin American Universities, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), is recognized for its academic prestige and research within the fields of science, engineering, humanities and the arts offering more than 100 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

When in Valparaíso, live as the locals do! Choose CEA housing or arrange your own independent housing. CEA 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 1-4 Spanish language courses appropriate to your level and choose 1-4 elective courses, taught in English or Spanish. Language courses meet for 60-90 contact hours/4-6 credits. Elective courses meet for 38-76 hours/2-4 credits.

You may earn a total of 13-21 credits (up to 336 contact hours) per semester pending your language level. If you chose the Early Start Option, you may earn an additional 6 credits/90 contact hours.

Classes meet Monday-Thursday. Active learning components required by your courses may be scheduled on Fridays.

Prior to departure, you will indicate your preferred courses and approximate language level. Once in Valparaiso, you'll finalize your course enrollment, as well as take a language placement test and be enrolled in the appropriate language course based on the results of your exam. 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.

Available Levels

Courses

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.

Excursions

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 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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