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  • Locations: Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Major: Art History, Biological Sciences, Communication, Economics, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Spanish, Urban Studies
Program Description:

CIEE Valparaiso: Liberal Arts

Valparaiso, Chile


About the Program | Valparaiso,Chile | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is ranked among the top regional universities in Chile. In 2003, it received its designation as a “Pontificia,” a distinction given to Catholic universities by the Vatican. The University has campuses in both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and offers more than 50 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate degrees. Of the 15,000 students at PUCV, only three% are international students, giving CIEE participants a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the Chilean higher education system.

The study abroad program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, including visits to museums, La Sebastiana (the home of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda), the Chilean National Congress, and a rural farming community. Past students have participated in guided tours in Santiago, a walking tour of the historical part of the capital of Chile, and guided visits to the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights.

In addition, there is one weekend excursion during the semester. Last year, students visited Pucón, an eco-tourism center on Lake Villarica in the south of Chile, where they participated in the daily life of a local indigenous community and took advantage of the many outdoor activities for which the region is known.

Non-credit volunteer work allows you to obtain a comprehensive understanding of Chilean culture and society through your own personal experiences and experiences outside of the classroom. CIEE facilitates these opportunities in various schools, shelters, and organizations throughout Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

Valparaiso, Chile
Chile is a long and narrow country, bordered on the east by the Andes and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Santiago, 60 miles from the coast and the fifth largest city in South America, is home to over six million inhabitants. Valparaíso and its twin city of Viña del Mar are located between the Andes Mountain and the Pacific coast, just two hours by bus from Santiago. Valparaíso is a port city, housing the Chilean Congress; and Viña del Mar is a modern resort city, with shops, beaches, recreational facilities, and a residential area. With affordable mass transportation between the two cities, students find them both friendly locations in which to live and study.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of SPAN 3040 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure
  • Coursework with Latin American content strongly recommended?
Fields of Study
Full range of university offerings including: Spanish, Communications, Anthropology, Geography, History, Art, Art History, Biology, Ecology, Urban Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religious Studies

Academic Culture
Participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with Chilean students. In addition, participants enroll in specially designed courses that are taught in Spanish for CIEE study abroad students only. Spanish language courses are offered for CIEE and other international students by PUCV.

Pontificia Universidad Católica is known for its prestige, tradition, and academic quality; its campuses are spread out in the city. PUCV has a strong international program that offers Spanish courses and diverse content courses for international students. The average class size is 20 to 30 students, and CIEE participants might find themselves challenged until they are accustomed to the different Chilean intonations and academic rhythm. The teaching style is commonly a lecture format, with emphasis placed on memorization and note-taking. It can take a while to learn how to study effectively in the Chilean system, especially in terms of acquiring reading material and knowing what the professor expects. Chilean classmates are often an excellent source of help.

The University offers a wide range of courses in many disciplines including, agronomy, architecture, biology, business administration, chemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, fine arts, foreign languages, geography, journalism, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, theater, and zoology. Students may enroll in any courses for which they meet the prerequisites. All course selections are made in consultation with the resident staff and a designated staff person from the University. Not all courses are available every semester. The reality of the academic system in Chile is such that course listings and course availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of University classes in a given semester. The final list of courses is available during orientation.

All credit taken on an approved Tulane Study Abroad Program comes back as elective credit. If you are planning to petition for Spanish major or minor credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Chile even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Valparaiso you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Valparaiso. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program. 
Study abroad students live with Chilean host families and are matched based on student’s individual profiles and common interests. Most host families are located in Viña del Mar, with a few in Valparaíso. The sister cities are essentially two halves of a single urban area, and PUCV has campuses in both cities. Host families are considered an integral part of the immersion into Chilean life. Housing and three meals a day are included in the program fee. Students are responsible for housing and meals between semesters.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Valparaiso Liberal Arts Program
Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.