Academic Year

Students may choose between the following Program Terms:

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

Students who possess a high intermediate, advanced or higher level of Spanish language are eligible to choose among the PUCV's 38-hour general elective courses instructed in Spanish with local Chilean students. These courses are instructed at a higher language capacity, and therefore, is the reason these language requirements are set in place. It is important to mention that these general elective courses are NOT to be confused with "Regualr" courses with 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 2015Feb 18, 2015 to Nov 28, 2015IVPY1115$22,500Late Acceptance May Be Possible, Contact ISA

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

Students at an advanced level of Spanish or higher will take courses at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso 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 three to four 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 three different types of courses offered at the PUCV-- Regular, General Electives and Spanish Language & Latin American Studies.

Regular courses are unique to each department, and for this reason are exclusive to those who study within the specific major or track. These course offerings are part of a fixed course curriculum and are very demanding for local students alike. In addition, these courses can be worth up to four to six credit hours and are offered two to three times a week.

General elective courses are offered by different schools at the PUCV and are open to local and international students. These particular courses are offered once a week, and are worth two credit hours. Elective courses generally have more international students than locals enrolled.

Spanish Language & Latin American Studies courses were designed through the PIIE [Programas Internacionales de Intercabio] International Exchange Program, with international students in mind. These course offerings were specifically created for international students, and offer a variety of courses related to Spanish language and Latin American studies.

All courses for the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso are held at the Valparaíso and Viña del Mar campuses, 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 2015Feb 18, 2015 to Dec 12, 2015IVPY3115$23,500Late Acceptance May Be Possible, Contact ISA

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Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez - 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 269contact 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 2015Mid Feb, 2015 to Late Nov, 2015IVPY3215$24,750Late Acceptance May Be Possible, Contact ISA

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Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez - 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$25,500Late Acceptance May Be Possible, Contact ISA

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