Course Offerings


  • Classes available for all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Options to take courses with Chilean students
  • Housing: host families


  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to students at all levels of Spanish; one semester of Spanish language highly recommended
  • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University Contact Information Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa

Dates & Fees

Jan, 2015 - Dec, 2015
Feb 27, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015
Jul 2015 - Nov 2015
Jul 30, 2014 - Nov 29, 2014
Jul 2015 - Jun 2016


Oct 20, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
Apr 1, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
Apr 1, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 1, 2015
Apr 10, 2015

Course Offerings

Available during both the fall and spring semesters.


Español Básico: Gramática (Basic Spanish Grammar) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course is focused on the teaching of grammar. Using a variety of teaching techniques, students will be able to increase their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing from a level of 1 to 2 on the MCRE (European Common Frame of Reference) scale and also learn about the geography, history and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries.

Español Básico: Comunicación (Basic Spanish Communication) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course is focused on the teaching of basic Spanish communication skills. The course has the following objectives for students who complete the course: 1) be able to communicate during simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information; 2) be able to express oneself in written form through simple sentences and paragraphs; 3) be able to read short, simple texts; 4) be able to understand common phrases and vocabulary related to personal interests, tastes and preferences; 5) be able to identify and explain customs of the Hispanic world.

Español Intermedio: Gramática (Intermediate Spanish Grammar) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

Students in this course will increase their abilities to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish by learning more complex grammatical structures and increasing their vocabulary. Students will do so while learning about the geography, history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world with an emphasis on Chile and South America. The course also focuses on improving oral and writing skills, taking into consideration the students’ previous knowledge of Spanish. Students will complete formal presentations and interviews and read texts in Spanish.

Español Intermedio: Comunicación (Intermediate Spanish Communication) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

Students in this course will increase their abilities to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish; the focus is on developing communication skills at the intermediate level. Students will do so while learning about the geography, history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world with an emphasis on Chile and South America. The student will be able to analyze, understand and compare the social, economic and cultural differences between the Spanish-speaking countries students and their country of origin.

Fonética del Idioma Español (Phonetics of the Spanish Language) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

A theoretical and practical course that focuses on developing the necessary competencies for strong oral production of the Spanish language according to formal and standardized norms within the Hispanic world, starting from the linguistic base of the users’ native language, and comparing both phonetic systems to eliminate interference of the mother tongue in the production of the second language.

Español Avanzado: Negocios (Advanced Spanish for Business) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

The importance of Spanish in the globalized world is increasing. For this reason, the objective of Business Spanish course is to ensure the student develops the intercultural and linguistic competencies and skills required to interact effectively in the Spanish-speaking business world.

The course is focused on this specific business context and includes international trade terminology, simulations of social and business situations, case studies, and writing business correspondence, all within the framework of the International Market and Economy.

During the course, the student will be exposed to an extensive variety of lexical and discursive contexts related to business, including management, human resources, banking and finance, technology, marketing, among others.

Español Avanzado: Cultura Chilena (Advanced Spanish: Chilean Culture) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

This course is principally a conversation course that discusses the diverse aspects that make up the Chilean culture, in addition to a review of relevant grammatical aspects of the Spanish language. Students should begin the course with a high intermediate level of Spanish. The course seeks to improve each student’s Spanish abilities through the study of original texts in Spanish and listening to more complex conversations. The students will also increase their vocabulary and practice the Spanish language with the goal of expressing themselves fluidly and coherently. Students will work on a project analyzing the sociopolitical situation of Chile. Students will be given the opportunity to select a topic of interest to research. Emphasis will be placed on the improving all four elements of language proficiency: writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Introducción a los Géneros Literarios (Introduction to the Literary Genres) (3) – Conducted in Spanish

In this course students will discuss texts in Spanish from the four principal literary genres: narratives, poetry, essays and theatre. Students will study both Spanish and Latin American texts. All readings, class discussions, quizzes and essay will be strictly in Spanish. The readings should be prepared prior to class, as this time will be strictly dedicated to analysis and discussion of the texts.


Elective courses in English are available to all students, regardless of their Spanish proficiency.


(available during both the spring and fall semesters)

Economic Development in Latin America: Milestones and Crisis (3) – Conducted in English

This course is designed to give students detailed knowledge of Latin American economic models and political process through the study of economic development, milestones, crises and political current events. It will address how Latin America came to be in its current circumstances and how this process can be interpreted and understood today. For this, we shall take a general view of the Latin American economic development process and the study of the political situation in order to understand the Latin American context. Students are expected to develop a thorough knowledge of key historical issues, trends and events, as well as key concepts and theories of economic history; and to develop analytical skills for the study of Latin American history. Students will be confronted with documents for the study of Latin American history that shall be analyzed individually and in groups; conclusions shall be discussed with the rest of the class.

International Business: Doing Business in Latin America (3) – Conducted in English

In this era of globalization, investors around the world are looking for new markets to invest. Latin America appears as an attractive region for business. According to Goldman Sachs’ Bric review of emerging economies, by 2050 the largest economies in the world will be as follows: China, United States, India, Brazil, and Mexico. In addition in 2010 Latin America integrated five nations classified as high-income countries: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico and Panama. Today, countries in Latin America such as Brazil show stability and growth, allowing them to become increasingly influential players in world affairs. Others, like Chile, are considered by many foreign investors as a gateway for Asia to enter the South American region, because Chile is close and politically and economically secure. Also the region has a close business relationship with USA because of its proximity. All these facts make it essential that students of business learn about doing business in Latin America. Students will learn about socio-cultural issues, the economic, political and legal environment, together with strategic considerations about doing business in Latin American countries. The learning approach will be based around case studies as well as lectures.

Marketing Trends and Strategies in Latin America (3) – Conducted in English

Marketing is part of modern life as we are continuously exposed to products, services, advertising, media messages and personal sales approaches. However, there is not a clear understanding of what marketing means. The basic idea behind marketing is that companies can survive and grow by satisfying the needs of the consumers. But in continuously changing markets, this is not an easy challenge to achieve. The environment is increasingly complex; there are strong cultural changes, technological evolution, as well as other economic and political decisions that directly impact the business environment. The understanding of these changes and the marketing process allows companies to define adequate strategies to win the daily battle of the consumer budget and develop profitable businesses with long-term sustainability.

Strategic Leadership (3) – Conducted in English

The world is constantly changing, and as each year goes by, these changes occur faster and are becoming more complex. Today it is not sufficient to have a wealth of knowledge regarding one’s business area, we must know how to use this information to move people inside an organization toward a more efficient and comfortable work environment. To lead can be dangerous. Even though it may seem romantic and attractive to think of leadership as inspiration, decisive actions and powerful rewards, leadership requires taking risks that endanger a person’s professional and personal development. It demands putting oneself on the line, challenging the status quo and working with hidden conflicts. And when people resist and fight back, the temptation is to withdraw to a safer place. Those who opt to lead take on the risks, and sometimes get hurt. That is why the exercise of leadership must be seen as something strategic that, despite the resistance and danger that comes with it, allows those who assume it to fulfill the bigger goal of producing the required changes in the organization. Taking a prescriptive and practical approach, the course covers three main issues: a) evolution and adaptation, b) daring to be a responsible and efficient leader, and 3) considering who am I as a leader, including my strengths and weaknesses.

Capitalism, Socialism and Communism in Latin America (3) – Conducted in English

Both communism and socialism are born in Europe (nineteenth century) as a response to capitalism, but it was in Latin America where both left-wing movements reached an unsuspected relevance. A century later, the outcomes were of these movements were affected by the continued existence of strong economic inequality and a strong ideology of a group of intellectuals linked, in many cases, to the elite.

This course aims for students to:

  • Understand the main social, political, economic and cultural issues of modern Latin America from a historical, social and political perspective.
  • Develop the skills to discuss events and processes of modern Latin America from an informed perspective concerning economic and political ideologies.
  • Have the opportunity to examine significant primary text in modern Latin America, and develop the skills to draw sound conclusions from various primary sources.
  • Develop critical thinking and the capability to understand the cultural richness of societies of emergent economies in Latin America.
  • Improve writing and oral skills by writing analytical essays and debates during the semester.

Latin American Culture and Identity (3) – Conducted in English

This course aims to know some aspects of the Latin American culture related to essential ideas. Among them, and based on bibliography according to the subject, we will try to solve the “Latin American issue” as a historical process. We will analyze some aspects such as origin of the term, historiographical conceptions, historical processes of cultural exchange that the continent has experienced foreign perceptions about the subject and its historical interpretations, among others.

Latin America in the Age of Globalization (3) – Conducted in English

This course intends to give the student a view of contemporary Latin America, balancing a perspective between its traditional political and social paradigms as well as proposing a set of approaches to the concept of globalization. This will be carried out by mixing both the concept of mestizo culture derived from its joint Spanish and local cultural origin as well as the contemporary perspectives and views of the phenomenon of globalization.

The course will start by proposing a short perspective about Latin American contemporary history and particularly relating to its ideological paradigms of the cold war period. Then, it will revise the concepts and state of the art related to the debate about globalization as a cultural phenomenon. Finally, it will go into the different approaches and processes that have tainted the relation between Latin America and globalization since the late 1980s and the end of the cold war, providing special attention to the proactive approaches such as those espoused by Chile, Mexico and Peru, and the negative or pessimistic ones related to the Bolivarian and indigenous approaches, as well as the prevalence of the Cuban revolutionary model and its impact in the anti-global regional perspectives.

Latin America on Film (3) – Conducted in English

This course is focused on the portrayal of historical, cultural and socio-political issues in Latin America. It also incorporates strongly the representation of Latin American literature on films and Latin Americans search for identity through art. It helps to integrate a vision of themselves and their world. This course teaches a historical, cultural as well as a cinematic approach to Latin America. This is achieved through an analysis of its literature and cinema. The former element is important because a great part of the films develop from novels and novellas. The selected short stories and films express characteristics common to the entire subcontinent, with reference to cultural heritage, landscape, political environment, and artistic development.

Through cinema, intercultural themes will be studied, considering that each Latin American country has developed a culture of its own. The approach will be multicultural, including films made by artists from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and the United States in both English and/or Spanish. The Spanish versions will be subtitled. An analysis of the contrasting views will be performed. In this way we can infer how we see ourselves and how we are viewed by the American culture.

Pre-Columbian Cultures (3) – Conducted in English

This course aims to cover some aspects of the Latin American culture related to its cultural heritage. Through the study of Pre-Columbian civilizations, its worldviews and social patterns, this course aims to achieve in-depth analysis of Latin American identity. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and assess the impact of some Pre-Columbian agricultural, cultural and political practices still present in modern Latin America.
  • Evaluate some major characteristics of Pre-Hispanic heritage.
  • List and explain some of the characteristics of the different Pre-Hispanic cultures.
  • Identify some of the main indigenous groups and their respective unique cultural and artistic characteristics.
  • Describe and evaluate the impact of cultural and linguistic features present in the region.


Elective courses in Spanish are available only to students with an advanced level of Spanish.

Arte e Identidad Latinoamericana (Latin American Art and Identity) (3) FALL ONLY – Conducted in Spanish

The course offers general knowledge to the student of some features of the Chilean and Latin American identity through the history of art and various perspectives. It seeks to deliver assessment tools that allow the student to understand the similarities and major differences in the cultural identity in Latin America, from the artistic and cultural perspective.

Chile: Su Historia Durante El Siglo XX (Chile: History During the 20th Century) (3) FALL ONLY  – Conducted in Spanish

This course seeks to provide the visiting international student with reflection and analysis tools to understand the historical development of Chile. From crisis to the institutional reformulation of 1925 to the end of the twentieth century, the analysis will include a study of the period of radical governments, the search for social exclusive utopias, the Marxist experimental popular unit, the military government and the process of transition with national policy regularization. Through these explorations students should be able, at the end of the course, to make their own informed judgments and to be able to further their studies through the recommended readings.

Conflicto Social en Latinoamérica (Social Conflict in Latin America) (3) FALL ONLY – Conducted in Spanish

This course aims to give students sufficient knowledge to understand the various political, economic, social, cultural and ideological swings that Latin America has experienced throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The course begins with the study of the background and causes of the fight for independence of the various Latin American nations after the process initiated by the United States. In short, this course aims to understand the political, economic and cultural relations between Latin American countries from a living historical process.

Formación de la Cultura Latinoamericana (Development of Latin American Culture) (3) FALL ONLY – Conducted in Spanish

To know Latin America, one must first understand it. For this reason, the course seeks to discover the origins of what we call Latin American culture, with all the diversity and richness that it entails- a truly colorful reality. Understanding the history of the continent and its trajectory throughout time, as well as assessing its diversity, are the elements that are important to understand in order to face key issues.

Geografía de Chile (Geography of Chile) (3) SPRING ONLY – Conducted in Spanish

This theoretical-practical course seeks to combine the basic knowledge of physical geography with the human, economic and policy of Chile, with special emphasis on the treatment of national and international events related to national geography today. The course will provide the student with the conceptual and value-based elements that will help him/her to obtain a systemic view of the different physical characteristics, economic and human, that explain the geographical reality.

Literatura Hispanoamericana (Latin American Literature) (3) FALL ONLY – Conducted in Spanish

The course will focus on contemporary literary production, specifically that of the authors of the so-called “Latin American boom”. The fundamental criterion is the option for textual analysis focused on a small number of representative works rather than on an historical overview. Each work will be exposed to three types of analysis: a) technical reading: structures and stylistic resources; (b) thematic reading: the problem of the Latin American identity; (c) critical reading: re-readings and criticisms. This procedure is intended to generate a dialogue between the four novels selected and will lay the groundwork for the final part of the course. For this, the student will select a novel of their choice and do an independent analysis.


Courses with Chilean students are available only to students with an advanced level of Spanish. Courses will have an extended exam period and will extend the semester by several weeks. Students selecting courses with Chileans will be charged an additional fee for the additional weeks of housing.

Subject areas for courses offered within the degree-granting programs at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez include:

  • Business
  • Communications (Oral Expression)
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Government
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Natural sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology