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Program Details

Highlights

  • Classes available for all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Options to take couses with Chilean students
  • Housing: host families
  • International excursion in spring

Requirements

  • 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
  • Four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent required for coursework in Spanish for international students
  • 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 student visa

Dates & Fees

CALENDAR YEAR EARLY START 2015
Jan 30, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
$24,880
CALENDAR YEAR 2015
Feb 21, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
$22,680
SPRING SEMESTER: EARLY START 2014-2015
Jan 30, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015
$13,380
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Feb 20, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015
$11,680
FALL SEMESTER: EARLY START 2014-2015
Jun 20, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014
$13,290
FALL SEMESTER: EARLY START 2015-2016
Jun 20, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
$13,380
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jul 19, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014
$10,990
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
Jul 17, 2015 - Nov 28, 2015
$11,680
ACADEMIC YEAR: EARLY START 2015-2016
Jun 2015 - Jul 2016
$24,880
ACADEMIC YEAR: EARLY START 2014-2015
Jun 20, 2014 - Jul, 2015
$24,390
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
Jul 17, 2015 - Jul 2016
$22,680
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Jul 19, 2014 - Jul, 2015
$22,390

Deadlines

CALENDAR YEAR EARLY START 2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2014
CALENDAR YEAR 2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER: EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Dec 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER: EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2014
FALL SEMESTER: EARLY START 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2015
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 1, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2014
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Apr 1, 2015; Standard: Apr 15, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR: EARLY START 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR: EARLY START 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 10, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Priority: Apr 1, 2015; Standard: Apr 15, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 1, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2014

Academic Program

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. Students are encouraged to apply early for this internship track. 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.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso upon completion of their program.

What’s Included

PRE-DEPARTURE SERVICES
  • Advising
  • @api Online System
  • Orientation Materials and Resources
  • Mobile Phone
  • Peer Mentors
  • Social Networking
  • Scholarships
ON-SITE SERVICES
  • Airport Reception
  • Resident Director
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing (including meals and laundry)
  • Tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Language & Culture Tools
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Excursions (overnight and day)
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Group Meals)
  • Volunteer Opportunities
RE-ENTRY SERVICES
  • Re-Entry Materials & Support
  • Post-Program Evaluation
  • Transcript
  • Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities

Program Manager

Vija Mendelson is the Valparaíso Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to Chile.

VijaMendellson

Resident Director

Karla Jofré is the Valparaíso Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Chile.