Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Chile
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language

  • Location

    Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

  • Host University

    Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

    The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) is a private institution with a modern campus located in the Metropolitana region of Viña del Mar. ISA students at the UAI will take courses through the International Program’s Office, which offers courses in Spanish language, culture and civilization, and Business courses in English. Students who possess an advanced Spanish proficiency level are eligible to enroll in courses with local Chileans in a variety of subjects.

    The UAI was 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).

  • Term

    Fall 3SL 2020

  • Program Dates

    Mid Jul, 2020 - Late Nov, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    180 - 269 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

Take the first steps towards a stimulating experience abroad. This academic program is run by the International Programs Office at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and offers you the opportunity to enroll in business and culture studies courses instructed in English. If you’re interested in learning Spanish, then you will also the opportunity to enroll in Spanish language courses, but please note that no Spanish language experience is required. Considering the host university is AACSB accredited, this is the perfect program if you're interested in any business related courses in English. All courses are taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez by local university professors. You will take classes alongside other international students.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting your two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Chile Site Specialist.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

180 - 269

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 17

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 26

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students must enroll in 180 - 269 contact hours during their semester abroad. This program is open to students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish proficiency level.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Chile Site Specialist.

Course Credit

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students’ home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Per the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, 45 contact hours is equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits / 4 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on unique course codes provided by the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). Courses offered at the UAI are coded according to the area of study and the level of the course content, which is related to the year of study. The first 3 letters of the code indicate the area of study, while the first number in the following 3 digit numeral indicates the year of study. Courses taken in the 1st and 2nd year are recommended as lower division, while courses taken in the 3rd and 4th year are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Language Placement and Recommendation

  • Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.
  • It is recommended that students who have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent elect to take a language course through this program.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Certificate

  • Semester students attending the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez have the opportunity to receive one of three certificates: certificate in Latin American Studies, certificate in Latin American Studies with an honorable mention in Business, or Latin American Studies with an honorable mention in History & Culture. Should a student be interested in obtaining a certificate, they must express this in their pre-registration form. Questions regarding this certificate can be made to the Chile Site Specialist.

Online Courses

  • ISA does not recommend that students sign up for online courses through their host university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.

Courses

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Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
International Students
Beginning
67 Contact Hours
67 Contact Hours
Intermediate
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
Advanced
45 Contact Hours
3 Contact Hours
Advanced Grammar
SPAN 355
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
Taught In English
Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Madeline Hume

Program Manager, Chile

VALPARAÍSO & VIÑA DEL MAR TEAM

Carolina Alarcon

Coordinator, UAI Programs, Chile

Lorna Arredondo

Student Services, Chile

Lizette Arredondo Castillo

Director of ISA Chile Programs, Chile

Paula Calderon Munoz

Service-Learning Coordinator, Chile

Vanessa Cabello

Student Services, Chile

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Chilean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Chile. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Homestay

Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically have your own bedroom but will likely have another ISA student of the same gender as a housemate.

Pension

While similar to a homestay, pensiones are larger homes that provide housing to multiple students, international and local students alike. This option includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once per week. This is a great option should you be seeking a more independent experience and would prefer to not live with a nuclear family.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Santiago

A perfect introduction to ISA and Chile, you will begin your program on a three-night/four-day excursion in the capital city of Santiago. You will get to visit landmarks, such as La Moneda, Cerro Santa Lucía, the Plaza de Armas & Catedral de Santiago, and the Central Market & Los Domínicos.

Historical Tour in Santiago

You will return to the capital of Santiago to discover captivating details of Chile's history before, during, and after the Military Coup of 1973. You will take this opportunity to engage and learn about Chile's political trials that has left such an important mark in their overall identity. During this excursion you will visit the Cementerio General, Villa Grimaldi, and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

Playas del Norte

Horcón is a small fishing village just north of Viña del Mar and is often times considered an artisan's colony. On this day trip, you will find crafts of all types and also have the opportunity to sample delicious seafood empanadas. After an afternoon of treasure hunting, you will then have a chance to relax on the beautiful beaches of Zapallar.

Pomaire &Isla Negra

Pomaire, one of Chile's most famed centers for artisans and crafts, is a great place to not only encounter high quality clay pottery, but also for tasting some of the more typical Chilean dishes.

Interested in the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda? You will make a pit stop in Isla Negra to visit his Pacific Ocean home and grave site.

Pucón * Optional

As a result of its natural beauty, Pucón is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts and a perfect place for peaceful relaxation. During this optional weekend excursion, ISA will coordinate fun activities and tour of this authentic city. You will have an abundance of activities to choose from, including river rafting, visiting a volcano, mountain biking, taking a dip in some hot springs, and much more.

Cultural Activities in Chile

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Valparaiso. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Valparaiso special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included historical tours, language exchanges with local students, tours of Neruda's Valparaiso home and the art museum, Mueso Fonck.