Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

Intensive Month

Intensive Spanish Language & Chilean Culture -Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

The Intensive Month program is designed for students who want to focus on language acquisition. The January session offers intermediate and advanced level courses, including Spanish Grammar and Chilean Culture & Conversation, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso. The February session offers beginning, intermediate and advanced level courses.

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 and are therefore only eligible to participate in the February intensive month. Students who arrive having completed one full year of college-level Spanish will likely place into intermediate-level courses. Students who arrive in Chile having completed two full years of college-level Spanish will likely place into advanced-level courses.

Beginning-level students will be enrolled in Beginning Spanish Grammar and Beginning Chilean Culture & Conversation. Intermediate students will be enrolled in Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Intermediate Chilean Culture & Conversation. Advanced students are able to select two of five possible Spanish language or elective courses instructed in Spanish at the advanced level.

Students typically progress through one language level over the course of one intensive month session.

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

Please note that the Intensive Month program price does not include airport pick-up, drop-off, or excursions.


Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

Course Information

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.


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