This program is designed for students at an advanced level of Spanish proficiency who are ready to refine and cultivate their language skills while taking an in-depth look into Latin American culture. Integrated courses with Chilean students allows students to experience immersion into the Chilean university system. Integrated classes are taught in a wide variety of subject areas, allowing students to earn credits toward their major or fulfill additional graduation requirements. In addition, students can enroll in two to three elective courses taught in English. Electives allow students to explore Latin American history, business, society, and culture.
As Chile's premiere seaside resort, Viña del Mar provides a great stepping stone to a semester or summer of Spanish language and Latin American cultural study. Many say that Viña del Mar offers a more relaxed, friendlier lifestyle than Chile's capital city of Santiago, even though it's just a short drive away. Viña del Mar is conveniently located, providing easy access to Chile's many natural wonders. The country's topography ranges from the Andes Mountains and arid deserts in the north, to sandy beaches and stunning lakes in the south.
Home to a large number of parks and gardens – thus earning it's reputation as the "Garden City" –, Viña del Mar is also known for its annual International Song Festival. Hone your Spanish language skills while experiencing and absorbing all that Chilean culture has to offer through hands-on excursions to nearby Santiago, a trip to Isla Negra, -- home to the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, or a tour of the Casablanca wineries and the grape harvest.