IFSA - CHILEAN UNIVERSITIES PROGRAM, VALPARAÍSO
Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile
WHY STUDY IN VALPARAÍSO?
Valparaíso, Chile’s second-largest city, enjoys an ideal location between the mountains and the sea. Known for its romantic elegance of cobbled streets and Victorian houses, the city’s natural amphitheater includes 41 hills with spectacular ocean views. Valparaíso’s Historic Quarter, a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage site, and its vibrant life as the country’s “Cultural Capital” add to its charm. Twin city Viña del Mar is Chile’s premier coastal urban center and boasts beautiful beaches and stunning coastline, lavish gardens, subtropical atmosphere, cinemas, and dance clubs.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Make a concrete difference with your study abroad experience in artsy, progressive Valparaíso, Chile. Spend your semester in this maritime seaport city, where you will take action, working alongside other dedicated, socially conscious students to put your learning into practice in the local community. Take classes in English or Spanish while you create sustainable change in the environment around you.
You may select from classes at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. This program is ideal for students majoring in human rights, public policy, engineering majors, and more.
We offer semester study on the Chilean Universities Program in beautiful Valparaíso and Viña del Mar for students from zero to advanced Spanish language experience. Here you can enroll in classes at one of two different universities alongside local and international students, and take advantage of an IFSA class built around community engagement.
SIGNATURE IFSA CLASS
Communities in Action: Valparaíso
This exclusive class, taught in English by local professors, is intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today.
SPANISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
The Programa Internacional de Intercambio Estudiantil (PIIE) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso offers Spanish language classes at beginning through advanced levels as well as Chilean culture classes that are accessible to students without any Spanish language background.
If you’ve never studied Spanish before, and you decide not to take an elective language class, you’ll take this introductory seminar to contemporary Spanish language and culture taught intensively during the first weeks of the program.
DIRECT ENROLL CLASSES
To complete your course load, you will select courses with locals at one of our partner universities.
Featured Direct Enroll Classes in English
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
- Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
Featured Science and Engineering Departments
- Socio-Environmental Latin American History
- Human Rights in Latin America
- Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America
- Gender-Based Violence
- Cross-Cultural Encounters with the Native Mapuche People
- Chilean Winemaking
- Atmospheric Pollution and Climate Change
- Introduction to Sustainable Transportation Projects
- Every-day Botany: Human Use of Plants
- Introduction to Construction Engineering
- Restoration and Conservation in Heritage Constructions
CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
- Chemical and Environmental Engineering
- Civil and Construction Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial Design and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:
- Urban Street Art
- Politics in Valparaíso
- Pandemic and the Economy
IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:
- Isla Negra Trip
- Wine in Chile Trip
- Santiago Trip
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY IFSA PROGRAM?
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Choose your ideal program by customizing and personalizing your search filters. Using IFSA’s search tool, you can find programs by searching beyond location and area of study.
Using CHART, you’ll be able to see which classes abroad fit easily into your academic plan. You can also see which classes your home institution has already approved to guarantee that your credits will align.
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- Academic Support
- Administrative Fees and Applications Fees
- Airport Pickup
- Activities and Excursions (including transportation and meals)
- Guaranteed Housing
- International Medical Insurance
- Internet Access in Housing
- Internship, Directed Research, and Volunteer Opportunities (on many programs)
- Meals (on some programs)
- Official Transcript with U.S. Credit Translation
- On-site Orientation
- On-site Staff Support (including in-person meetings and emergencies)
- Pre-arrival Advising
Further information about IFSA-Butler Valparaiso specific to Wheaton College students
Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.
Note Calendar Differences in Southern Hemisphere:
U.S. Fall = Semester 2: July - December U.S. Spring = Semester 1: February - July
Five semesters of university level Spanish or the equivalent. All courses are taught in Spanish.
Courses & Credits:
Students enroll in four to five courses each semester. You are required to enroll in an Advanced Written and Oral Spanish class; your placement level in Spanish will be determined by an oral and written exam after your arrival in Chile. Additionally, you can choose to enroll in one of the three IFSA-Butler courses offered. The program then allows you to enroll directly in classes at two different universities (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María) with local students. 15 to 16 U.S. semester hours will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. Final course schedules are not available until after arrival in Chile.
Housing & Meals:
Students live with families providing three meals per day and laundry service.
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees and international insurance. Students will pay housing directly to IFSA. Students will book and pay for their own flights.
Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS. This can in turn be used to pay IFSA for room and board charges.
Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet
can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to your IFSA program website
for an overview of all additional expenses, which may include visas, international cell phones, and discretionary expenses.
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322