Intensive Spanish Language and Chilean Culture
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Located on the outer edge of the eclectic city of Valparaíso, blocks away from the local port, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is a traditional catholic university that offers everything a student needs for complete Spanish immersion. ISA students at the PUCV will take courses through the International Program’s Office (PIIE), which offers courses in Spanish language and culture. Students who possess an advanced Spanish proficiency level are eligible to enroll in courses with local Chileans in a variety of subjects. The vast majority of courses are taught within one main building, known as the Casa Central, while a select number of courses may be taught in campuses outside of Valparaíso. 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).
February 2SL: February 2020
Late Jan, 2020 - Late Mar, 2020
Dec 15, 2019
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Are you looking to advance a whole language level during your winter break? This intensive language program is open to all Spanish language levels, and provides you the opportunity to obtain accelerated training in Spanish. You will enroll in two Spanish courses within a four week time-frame, your courses are dependent on your proficiency level. All courses are taught at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso by local university professors. You will take classes alongside other ISA students.
Intensive Month + Intensive Month: You may participate in the January + February sessions of this program by selecting your two intensive months of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Chile Site Specialist.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level Spanish
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
VALPARAÍSO & VIÑA DEL MAR TEAM
Coordinator, UAI Programs, Chile
Student Services, Chile
Lizette Arredondo Castillo
Director of ISA Chile Programs, Chile
Paula Calderon Munoz
Service-Learning Coordinator, Chile
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.View all Funding Options
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.
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.
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.
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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.