ISA Study Abroad in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile

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Valparaíso (pop. 284,000) and Viña del Mar (pop. 285,000) are sister cities located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and 68 miles northwest of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views, Valparaíso was once home to the ... read more

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Past Review Incredible
My perspective on life and my world view have changed quite a bit. It was most certainly worthwhile. - Ohio Northern University View Entire Review
So much!! Definitely worthwhile! I gained cultural exposure, language proficiency skills, new friends and a family, and the ability to explore and be confident and independent. - Berea College View Entire Review
I learned that the world is full of varying cultures and languages yet when it comes down to it we are all still humans. I learned that while the world seems so large, each day it gets smaller and smaller with technological advances and new means of communication. I also learned that traveling open your eyes to the everyday life... - Messiah College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Valparaíso and Viña del Mar - Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines
I learned so much Spanish that I am very very proficient and comfortable speaking. It was definitely worthwhile! - Salve Regina University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile
I gained independence, confidence, fluency, memories, and lasting relationships. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY WORTHWHILE. - James Madison University View Entire Review
Life-long relationships, fluency in the language, unforgettable experiences.. best 2 months of my life, no question! - University of South Carolina - Beaufort View Entire Review
Further fluency - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
Was it worthwhile? Yes and no. I was hoping for a little more of an authentic experience - less 'tourist-y'. Some of that was on me; I could have done more to try to get myself involved in the culture, but some of it was a result of the program trying to save us from being uncomfortable. On the other hand, I had a blast, and... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
My study abroad program made me a person with a much wider view of the world and people around me. I am no longer stuck in my North american bubble. I am interested in more things and I want to learn more about the culture that I was living in. I hope to be able to move back to Chile soon and live there for a longer period of ti... - Towson University View Entire Review
I am much more fluent in Spanish and much more understanding of other cultures. - University of Oklahoma View Entire Review
I ended up changing my major just so I could go back for another semester during my undergrad and I plan to be there within one year of graduating from my university. - California Lutheran University View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. Seeing a different part of the world is in itself an invaluable experience - Trinity University View Entire Review
I obviously gained a new appreciation for a language while being there but I think my favorite part of the whole experience was meeting new people. It helped me realize that it didn't really matter if I was sitting at my house in Texas or at a bar in Chile, people are so very much a like. Everyone just wants to be around peopl... - Texas A&M - College Station View Entire Review
Uhm....so many things. It was so worth it. - Berea College View Entire Review
Past Review Viva Chile, Po
In Chile I learned about myself (identity, potential), the local culture, the world, humans, nature, food, transportation, language, politics, art, music, performance, charity, etc. etc. My semester in Chile was the best thing I've ever done, and think it's a truly special place that everyone should experience for at least a sem... - Wright State University View Entire Review
I gained valuable professional experience, as I was able to work with in the field with a psychologist at a local Special Education Center. I also gained confidence in my speaking abilities and independence skills. It was more than worthwhile! - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
Veritas was the gateway to me being able to find myself. It allowed me to set aside my fears and live in a different country for the summer. It was beyond a worthwhile experience, and still 8 months after returning, I think about my life there every day. When I think of the Dominican Republic, I think of the place that I foun... - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
Past Review Valpo, Chile
I learned to be more aware and outgoing. Forcing myself to speak to natives was the best thing I could have done for myself. I am now confident in my abilities to speak Spanish. - Union University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile
A global perspective on life. This experience makes me want to travel to other countries and explore culture and life there! - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Valparaíso and Viña del Mar - Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines
Past Review Chillin In Chile
I learned that living on your own in another country teaches you to be independent while forcing to learn more about yourself - Drake University View Entire Review
I gained an open mind, patience, developed maturity, independence, responsibility, as well as personal develpoment. - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
Yes! It was one of the most fun and exciting years of my life. And I learned a language, made friends all over the world. Seeing and experiencing other cultures impacted my worldview positively. - University of Alaska - Anchorage View Entire Review
Definitely. My life has totally changed. literally. I met my boyfriend of 3 years there and changed my major to Spanish. I have a new found love for traveling and cultures and I am with out a doubt a better person because of my experience. - Arizona State University View Entire Review
I would do it every summer if I could. The location was awesome, the classes were actually interesting and not too demanding. The program itself was helpful and only added to the experience. - Wake Forest University View Entire Review
Yes, I not only became much better at Spanish, but I also matured immensely and made friends that I will keep for the rest of my life. It also made me realize how many things we take for granted here in the U.S. Finally, it reassured the fact that someday, I wish to use Spanish everyday for whatever job I may obtain. - Kansas State University View Entire Review

About

Valparaíso (pop. 284,000) and Viña del Mar (pop. 285,000) are sister cities located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and 68 miles northwest of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views, Valparaíso was once home to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This incredible city is guaranteed to inspire its students just as it has many notable creative minds in its past. Valparaíso also functions as the primary commercial port, naval base, and seat of political power for the country, which creates a unique and modern dynamic in a city with roots in the colonial past. Together, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar offer something for each visitor, including spectacular beaches, museums, and architecture. Be sure not to miss the world famous music Festival de Viña each February at la Quinta Vergara!

Chile is also one of the most prosperous Latin American countries and the benefits of this prosperity include an excellent educational system and a multitude of distinguished universities. One of these universities, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, serves as the academic anchor of ISA's Chile study abroad programs. Students will be able to take courses in Spanish language and Latin American studies with international students, as well as many electives with local Chileans. The other school, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, is in Viña del Mar, just 15 minutes up the coast. Students will focus on international business courses in English or electives with locals.

Programs in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar include:

Academic Year: 

  - Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals
  - Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language
  - Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines
  - Spanish Language & Latin American Studies Semester / Trimester:  - Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals

Semester

 - Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language
 - Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals
 - Business Internship, Business Courses with Locals & Spanish Language
 - Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines
 - Spanish Language & Latin American Studies
 - Student Teaching & Spanish Language
 
Summer: 

 - Business Internship, Spanish Language & Latin American Studies  
 - Spanish Language & Latin American Studies
 - Field Research in Education

J-Term:

 - Spanish Language & Chilean Culture

January and February Intensive Month

 - Intensive Spanish Language & Chilean Culture

Service- Learning:

ISA Service-Learning: Learn about local social issues in Valparaíso/Viña del Mar by partnering with a community-based organization and following a reflection-based curriculum.

Gap: 

 - Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals
 - Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language
 - Spanish Language & Latin American Studies
 - Spanish Language & Chilean Culture
 - Intensive Spanish Language & Chilean Culture

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1996
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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