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  • Locations: Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program Overview CIEE Valparaisol LC

This program invites students with advanced Spanish language skills to enroll in classes with Chilean university students at top-ranked CIEE partner schools, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) as well as at CIEE Valparaíso. Students across all majors are welcome as coursework is available across all academic areas and taught in Spanish. Spanish language study is required. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Program Focus

Established in 1997, this program allows students of all majors to improve their advanced Spanish language skills through direct enroll courses with local Chilean students at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) as well as at CIEE Valparaíso. All courses are taught in Spanish by faculty from each host institution.

The academic year includes two semesters of study. Academic-year students who begin their studies during the fall semester have nearly three months off between semesters to travel or study elsewhere in the region. There is a two-week break between the spring and fall semesters.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is ranked among the top five universities in Chile and was designated pontifical by the Vatican in 2003. The University has campuses in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and offers more than 50 undergraduate and 30 postgraduate degrees. It hosts 15,000 students and has a strong international program that offers Spanish and diverse content courses for international students.

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) is recognized as one of Latin America's best universities for its scientific and technological excellence. In the Times Higher Education (THE) in 2019, UTFSM was ranked the 24th best university in Latin America. In addition, the national institutional accreditation given by the Chilean National Accreditation (CAN) Body is granted for 6 years and USM is currently accredited through 2022. UTFSM offers 84 programs and hosts 17,000 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students.  

Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) was founded in 1953 by Pedro Ibáñez Ojeda as the first business school in Chile and in Latin America. Today, it’s an internationally recognized academic institution, one of three universities in Chile to be AACSB-accredited, and one of three private universities in Chile to be granted institutional accreditation for five years. It also offers PhD programs accredited by the Chilean National Council of Accreditation (CNA). The Viña del Mar campus is located up the hill at Altos del Sporting, with a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and the city and hosts 6,300 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students.

CIEE Valparaíso is located in downtown Valparaíso and offers students the opportunity to explore the colonial city, a bohemian and colorful example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development.

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Program Provider CIEE
Program Dates Current CIEE Calendar

Fall Semester with CIEE = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with CIEE = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Art History
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Cinema
  • Communication 
  • Culture
  • Engineering 
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Journalism 
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Media 
  • Physics 
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish 
Credits Students enroll in 14 to 18 semester credits (21 - 27 quarter credits). 
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring terms
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement Four semesters of college-level Spanish 
Program Fee Click here to view the CIEE Program Fee

PSU Students receive automatic discounts on CIEE programs!
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 

*Note: PSU students receive automatic discounts. Read about available CIEE discounts, grants, and scholarships here.

CIEE Program Fee Includes the following:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits