- Classes available for all levels of Spanish speakers
- Options to take couses with Chilean students
- Housing: host families
- International excursion in spring
- Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- No minimum study of Spanish required for Spanish as a second language course
- Six semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent required for students taking coursework with Chileans
- Completed API application
- University Contact Information Form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)
Dates & Fees
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Semester: 12-19 semester credits
API students studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) have the option of taking Spanish language courses at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels with other visiting international students. Students also complete elective coursework in English or Spanish. Students who place into the advanced level of Spanish on the PUCV placement test are welcome to take coursework with local Chilean students in lieu of some elective courses. Courses with Chilean students will end later than courses with international students, and will require an extra fee for extended housing.
Students selecting the early-start option arrive 5-6 weeks prior to the start of the standard university semester and complete a 90-contact hour Spanish course to improve their Spanish skills.
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE – FALL ONLY
Advanced-level Spanish speakers studying abroad during the fall are eligible to earn a special Latin American Studies Certificate from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. To do so, students must complete coursework focused on the diverse aspects of contemporary Latin America. This multidisciplinary track allows students to complete all coursework in Spanish. Students may select from coursework in literature, history, political science, sociology and geography. Some courses are offered just for visiting international students and other courses can be completed with local Chilean students.
The early-start option allows students to arrive 5-6 weeks prior to the start of the standard university semester and complete a 90-contact hour Spanish course to improve their Spanish skills. Students may only complete this program during the U.S. fall semester.
BUSINESS INTERNSHIP TRACK – FALL OR SPRING
Students with an advanced Spanish level are eligible to complete a credit-bearing internship in the field of business. The program is designed for students interested in business administration, family and small business management, marketing, tourism and entrepreneurship. The internship represents a total of 180 work hours and students will complete a complementary course alongside the internship to orient them to the economic and business environment of Chile. Students who select the internship option may enroll in a maximum of three additional courses during the standard semester, selecting from advanced language courses or business–oriented elective courses for international students in English or Spanish. Options include such courses as Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America (taught in English), Globalization and Social Justice (taught in English), Marketing I & II (taught in Spanish), Administration de Negocios (taught in Spanish) and more. Students selecting this option are encouraged to select the early-start option, so as to have an additional month to practice their Spanish skills prior to the start of the internship and standard semester. This track will require an additional fee of US$400.
ACADEMIC AND CALENDAR YEAR STUDENTS
The Chilean academic calendar follows the calendar year. The first semester in Chile is actually the equivalent of the spring semester in the U.S. Students who wish to study for two semesters in Chile are encouraged to consider the Calendar Year option (spring/fall). Students selecting a Calendar Year program have access to API housing throughout their program. In contrast, students selecting the more traditional Academic Year option will have approximately a 2-month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided. Both Early Start options include an intensive Spanish course prior to the start of the first semester in Chile.
API students receive a transcript from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso upon completion of their program.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- Mobile Phone
- Peer Mentors
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- Resident Director
- On-Site Orientation
- Housing (including meals and laundry)
- Language & Culture Tools
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Excursions (overnight and day)
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals)
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities
Vija Mendelson is the Valparaíso Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to Chile.
Karla Jofré is the Valparaíso Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Chile.