Academic Year

Students may choose between the following Program Terms:

Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Students at an advanced level of Spanish or higher will take courses at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso with local students and can choose from hundreds of courses offered from a wide variety of departments including history, business, art, geography, literature, psychology, education, religious studies, sciences and many more.

All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Valparaíso. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the Spanish courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.

Students are required to enroll in at least one "regular" course with locals and 3-4 additional courses of their choice. Students have the option of taking any course offered with international students through the Spanish Language & Chilean Culture program. However, in order to optimize the academic rigor of this program, ISA strongly recommends that students enroll primarily in regular courses with locals.

Please note that there are two different types of courses with locals offered at the PUCV -- General and Regular. Regular courses were designed for native Spanish speakers and the majority of students enrolled in them are locals. General courses, on the other hand, were originally designed with international students in mind; they are less challenging, more tailored to students who place into lower levels of Spanish language, worth less credit hours, and generally have more international students than locals enrolled.

All courses are held at the main campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and are taught by host university faculty. Classmates are international and local students.

Students who do not wish to enroll in at least one regular course with locals will be required to switch to the Spanish Language & Chilean Culture program.

Students may also add an Intensive February Month to the Spring/Year program for a discounted price. Contact the ISA office for further details.

ProgramDatesCodePriceStatus
Academic Year 2 2014Feb 19, 2014 to Dec 13, 2014IVPY3114$23,500Program in Progress
Academic Year 2 2015Mid Feb, 2015 to Mid Dec, 2015IVPY3115$23,500Currently Accepting Applications!

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Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Students who are at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level may choose only from the courses instructed in English for international students and the Spanish language classes, not to exceed 240 contact hours.

Students who have not yet completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent must choose language as one of their courses.

Courses are held at the main campus of the Adolfo Ibáñez University and are instructed by host university faculty. Classmates are local and international students.

Gap Year students are also eligible for this program. For more information, click here.

ProgramDatesCodePriceStatus
Academic Year 3 2014Feb 23, 2014 to Nov 29, 2014IVPY3214$23,750Program in Progress
Academic Year 3 2015Mid Feb, 2015 to Late Nov, 2015IVPY3215$24,750Currently Accepting Applications!

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Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Students at an advanced level of Spanish will take courses at the Adolfo Ibáñez University with local students and can choose from courses offered from a wide variety of departments including business, engineering, history, journalism, psychology, law, literature, math and more.

All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Viña del Mar. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the Spanish courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.

Students are required to enroll in at least one course with locals and 3-4 additional courses of their choice. Students have the option of taking any course offered with international students through the Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language program. However, in order to optimize the academic rigor of this program, ISA strongly recommends that students enroll primarily in regular courses with locals.

Students may choose to take up to four courses with locals and five courses overall, not to exceed 240 contact hours.

Courses are held at the main campus of the Adolfo Ibáñez University and are instructed by host university faculty. Classmates are local and international students.

Gap Year students are also eligible for this program. For more information, click here.

ProgramDatesCodePriceStatus
Academic Year 4 2014Feb 23, 2014 to Dec 19, 2014IVPY3314$24,500Program in Progress
Academic Year 4 2015Mid Feb, 2015 to Mid Dec, 2015IVPY3315$25,500Currently Accepting Applications!

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Spanish Language & Latin American Studies - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

This program is designed for students at all levels of Spanish proficiency. All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Valparaíso. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level, and will determine the Spanish courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.

Students who arrive in Chile having completed less than one year of college-level Spanish will likely place into the beginning level. Students who arrive in Chile having completed one full year of college-level Spanish, will likely place into intermediate level courses.

Students at the beginning level must enroll in Beginning Intensive Spanish Language, and may only choose from among the courses instructed in English with international students.

Intermediate, high intermediate and advanced students are required to take at least 90 hours of language courses, and may select their remaining courses from among elective courses instructed in Spanish and courses instructed in English with international students.

Only students with a high intermediate level of Spanish or higher are eligible to choose from among 38-hour general elective courses instructed in Spanish with local Chilean students.

All courses are instructed at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso by local faculty.

Students may also add an Intensive February Month to the Spring/Year program for a discounted price. Contact the ISA office for further details.

ProgramDatesCodePriceStatus
Academic Year 1 2014Feb 19, 2014 to Nov 29, 2014IVPY1114$22,500Program in Progress
Academic Year 1 2015Late Feb, 2015 to Late Nov, 2015IVPY1115$22,500Currently Accepting Applications!

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