Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Valdivia

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Students have the option of directly enrolling in nine different universities in six distinct locations.  Each city--Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia, and Valparaíso--has its own unique local flavor, and oftentimes its own climate... read more

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Feeling comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, learning to express myself in a foreign language - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 20, 2020 Immersion In Chile
Language and living in another country. Very worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
First and foremost, my comfort with speaking and writing in Spanish improved greatly throughout the semester. I also found it to be a nice contrast from the very busy and organized life of students at Middlebury. I learned to be more flexible, and I enjoyed the opportunity to travel and get to know the region outside of academic... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The most important thing I gained from my time in Chile was the ability to communicate comfortably in Spanish. While there is an opportunity cost to staying a full year abroad, in the end it was during the second semester when I solidified my closest friendships and came to feel truly integrated in the university community. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My internships were also really interesting/intense/mind-numbing-but-still-useful. I did one with CONAF and one with Conservacion Marina. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 04, 2017 Hard But Good
language facility and cultural perspective. hard to say - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and a critical thinker. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 16, 2019 Fun And Incredible
Language skills and a lot about the culture. Very worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
November 06, 2018 Valdivia
I learned how to live independently and with housemates. This implies coordinating to figure out monthly expenditures, being conscious of bills and repairs around the house. I gained a profoundly deeper understanding of southern Chilean culture, and got to travel a ton for very cheap. - Universidad Austral / Austral University View Entire Review
Learned more of spanish and gained a perspective of chileans and their culture that I didn;t have before - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, it will be worthwhile when I am older, but it was very difficult. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned that travel is absolutely worthwhile, but I am better travelling short-term. I learned which things in America should be appreciated - St. Norbert College View Entire Review

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Students have the option of directly enrolling in nine different universities in six distinct locations.  Each city--Concepción, La Serena, Santiago, Temuco, Valdivia, and Valparaíso--has its own unique local flavor, and oftentimes its own climate. Students should be prepared for the different educational environment in Chile.  Classes are generally large and lecture based with less emphasis placed on class participation.  The universities located in the smaller metropolitan areas often have fewer international students and therefore a more authentic Chilean educational experience.

La Universidad Austral de Chile is private university which serves as the cultural center of Valdivia.   Its 60-acre setting on the Isla Teja between the Calle-Calle, Cruces, and Cau-Cau rivers makes it an enviable location for the university's excellent rowing program.  The university is located one mile from the center of town and transportation is readily available.  The university boasts strong programs in ecology, marine biology, and forestry and offers a variety of liberal arts courses, including a faculty of fine arts.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architect
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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