Universidad Viña del Mar offers students the ability to study abroad for a semester or full academic year abroad. Participants live with a host-family, arranged by UVM, and attend classes in Viña del Mar.
Viña del Mar, also referred to as Viña, is located on the pacific coast next to Valparaíso, approximately 70 miles northwest of the capital city of Santiago. Both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar form the second largest urban center in Chile with a combined population of 600,000. Viña del Mar is famous for its beautiful beaches and is a vacation destination for Chileans. Valparaíso is a major port city for South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage City full of cultural and historical sites.
Students enroll in Spanish courses offered by the Universidad Viña Del Mar (UVM) as well as other courses related to the culture and history of Chile and Latin America. The program is available in the fall semester (August to December), spring semester (March to June) or for the full year. Upon arrival to UVM, students take a placement exam to evaluate their linguistic competence, which places them into intermediate or advanced level course-work. Each level has a personalized curriculum offering course-work with components of communications, grammar and Latin American Literature and Culture.
In addition to the Spanish language course-work, students can choose from elective courses taught in English (i.e., US/Chilean Business, Intercultural Relations and Communications or Economic History of Latin America) or taught in Spanish (i.e., Current Events in Latin America, Latin American Literature or Latin America on Film). Such course-work can substitute for general education requirements at Valpo, upon approval from an academic advisor.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the International Volunteer Program, where students are placed with an organization or service-learning project in the Viña del Mar or Valparaíso region. This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to enhance their language skills and gain experience.
Independent study can always be arranged with Valpo faculty. Contact your advisor for details.
The dates for Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017-2018 in Viña del Mar, Chile are not yet determined. Dates listed serve as an estimate and official date information will be shared, typically in the official acceptance from the host.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Students whose program interests include both Spanish and Latin American studies may apply to participate in an exchange program in Chile. Intermediate Spanish skills (Spanish 204 or its equivalent, minimally), sophomore standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better, and approval of the Spanish section are required. Almost all Valpo students can study abroad in Chile without delaying graduation IF they plan carefully with their academic advisor.
The deadline to apply for both the Fall 2017 semester and 2017-2018 Academic Year will be March 1, 2017. After the deadline, the Office of International Programs study abroad staff will review applications. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Tuition and General Fee: Students pay the same tuition and general fee to Valparaiso University for the term(s) abroad. Any Valpo scholarships or financial aid apply, except for aid that requires on-campus participation (work-study and some athletic and music scholarships). Such “on-campus” aid will be automatically re-instated the term the student returns to Valpo.
Air fare: Students can expect to spend in the neighborhood of $1200 to $1400 for travel to and from Chile. Oftentimes, cheaper internet deals are not for longer-stay, round-trip airfare.
Housing and Meals: Students are placed in homestays, arranged through the UVM, which includes 3 meals a day, laundry, internet and an independent bedroom and bathroom. The cost is approximately $2,800 for a term.
Spending Money: Count on spending at least as much as you do in Valpo, though this amount varies greatly depending on your spending habits and how much you travel. An estimated budget of $1,500 - $2,000 should be sufficient for travel, entertainment and miscellaneous expenses for a semester-long program.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert- Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Prof. Miguel-Pueyo - Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: ASB 256
Phone: (219) 464-5398
Prof. Hoult-Saros - Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: ASB 272
Phone: (219) 464-5120
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.