Universities in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
  • Service-Learning in Valparaiso

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), founded in 1928, is a private, autonomous institution funded by State subsidies and tuition fees. The PUCV is accredited by the Chilean National Commission of Accreditation (CNAP) and recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education (Mineduc) and Superior Education Council (Consejo Superior de Educación). The PUCV is composed of nine academic departments, 53 undergraduate academic programs and a full-time faculty of 320. With an enrollment of over 13,000 students, the university hosts approximately 250 international students each semester. Because the international student body is just under 2%, many ISA students find this to be a good location for complete immersion with Chilean students.

The university's main building is located on the outer edge of Valparaíso, near the town of Viña del Mar, and houses administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, and computer and audio-visual facilities. The ISA office is conveniently located directly across the street from the main building. Unlike many traditional U.S. campuses that are centralized in one location, The Catholic University's academic facilities are located in both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Students have access to tutoring, computers, and sports facilities at the university. Students may also participate in the numerous clubs and organizations available at the university.

Our programs at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
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Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) is an AACSB-accredited university which originated from the Business School of Valparaiso in 1953. Since then its faculties have expanded to cover areas of study such as Commercial and Civil Industrial Engineering, Law, Journalism, Psychology, History, Literature, and Government. The UAI was recently bestowed a "Triple Crown" award, which is in reason to its accreditation by the Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EuropeanQuality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBA's (AMBA). The UAI is in the 1% of Business Schools in the world who have received this title. The UAI also holds the Chilean National Commission of Accreditation (CNAP) which is recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education (Mineduc) and Superior Education Council (Consejo Superior de Educación). The UAI has an enrollment of more than 7,000 students on its campuses and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The campus also boasts facilities for playing tennis, soccer, volleyball, rugby, basketball, swimming, and weight training.
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Service-Learning in Valparaiso

Participants will attend one of the following universities if they are participating in an ISA program in conjunction with their service-learning program:

*Pontificia Catholic University of Valparaíso
*Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Students participating in a full-time service-learning program will serve 15?35 hours per week at a local organization. All participants will develop a Portfolio throughout the program which includes reflective essays, group discussions, logs of hours, a supervisor evaluation and a certificate of completion.

Students participating in an ISA academic program and service-learning during the semester will work 5-10 hours per week at a local host organization while attending classes at the host university. The service-learning placement will begin 1-2 weeks after the first week of classes and end the week prior to final exams.

Students participating in an ISA academic program during the summer or an ISA intensive month program will begin their service-learning program after the ISA academic program ends. Participants will spend between 15-35 hours per week at a local organization.

Participants can earn 1-6 credits based on the number of contact hours accrued at the host organization and successful completion of the Portfolio. Visit the Academic Credit page of the ISA Service-Learning website for more information.

Our Service-Learning Programs in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
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