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Program Details

Highlights

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

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to students at all levels of Spanish; one semester of Spanish language highly recommended
  • Open to freshman, 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

CALENDAR YEAR 2015
Feb, 2015 - Dec, 2015
$22,850
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Mar 2015 - Jul 2015
$12,600
FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jul 30, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014
$12,000
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Jul 30, 2014 - Mid-Jul, 2015
$22,880

Deadlines

CALENDAR YEAR 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 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 1, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
May 1, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
May 15, 2014

Academic Program

TOTAL CREDIT CONTACT

Semester: 12-17 semester credit hours

The Universidad Viña del Mar is a private institution in Chile that boasts a beautiful campus a short bus ride away from the center of Viña del Mar. Those who choose to study abroad in Vina del Mar have the opportunity to complete Spanish language courses at all levels in combination with a variety of elective courses in either English or Spanish. All students complete a placement test upon arrival to determine their Spanish level.

All Spanish language and culture courses consist only of visiting students, but courses taught in English are also open to Chilean students. Additionally, advanced-level Spanish speakers have the opportunity to complete a “Cultures in Contact” course with local Chilean students. Students selecting this course may choose to complete volunteer work to further advance their understanding of the Chilean culture and society.

Advanced Spanish speakers who are interested in completing additional courses with Chileans are advised that integrated classes end a bit later than courses for visiting students. Students selecting this option would have a later program end date and would be required to pay an additional fee to extend their API housing.

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) rather than the traditional Academic Year option (fall/spring). Students selecting a Calendar Year program have access to API housing throughout their program and are not required to travel or return home during the semester break. In contrast, students selecting an Academic Year option will have approximately a 2-month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Students who are interested in participating in volunteer opportunities while abroad can select from several options available at the Universidad Viña del Mar. Students may apply to participate in a government initiative to teach foreign languages in schools or volunteer at local orphanages.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Viña del Mar 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 Viña del Mar Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to Chile.

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Resident Director

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