Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Valparaiso

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Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, and stretching 4,300 km from the Peruvian border in the north to Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan in the south, Chile encompasses every kind of environment from tropical to desert t... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
Based on 9 Reviews
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yes!! - friends -language skills -independence and self-reliance -so many cool memories of doing new and exiting things -learning to live in a city and a different country - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 18, 2023 Fun Time In Chile
I gained spanish language skills - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 03, 2023 Incredible
My language skills improved immensely and I learned how to be adaptable. I now have a second family that I will continue to stay close with for years to come. It was very worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
July 15, 2022 Enriching
I gained language and cultural knowledge that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I formed close bonds with other students. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. As someone who has lived in a rural area my entire life, abroad was very intimidating at first. However, I learned that I do have the skills to navigate and be successful in a city (a foreign city!). Culturally, seeing the differences between Chile and the U.S. was very eye-opening and at times ma... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile—I feel so much more confident speaking Spanish and talking about health-related topics in Spanish - Vassar College View Entire Review
My spanish got much better and the cultural immersion made me think critically and expanded my horizons. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Real
I learned how to navigate my life in another language, make my own decisiones, integrate myself into a different culture and feel part of a community that wasn't that of my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Language skills, cultural immersion -- very worthwhile! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile, I learned a lot about myself and what I am interested in perusing community organization and social action, which I learned from my internship. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
I feel so much more comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish now. The only thing I regret is making plans that prohibited my staying longer. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
My Spanish improved so much. It was very challenging to be away from my friends and to be enrolled in a university system that functioned differently than what I was used to, but it forced me to take what I got and run with it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Challenging
I got to learn a lot about the city of Valparaíso and lived in a city for the first time. I definitely learned the most through my internship in a local preschool, where I assisted the teachers with daily activities and helped implement a composting campaign in the school. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I had a really rewarding and gratifying study abroad experience. I have not only strengthened my Spanish skills, but I've also gained the confidence to go abroad alone. I made lifelong friends from my experience--In fact, I've only kept in contact with my local friends. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile. I had the full immersion experience I was looking for. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 24, 2022 Adventure
My Spanish improved significantly, I learned how to adapt to new environments, integrate in new culture, and travel and live independently in a space with constant novelties. Definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I was able to get to know a new city in a different country and really feel at home there. While the language immersion was difficult at first, I really appreciated the opportunity to - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Complicated
I learned more Spanish - even though I still think of myself as an intermediate I learned a lot of the language while I was there. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
While I would say I am still at an intermediate level speaking-wise, I think my language comprehension improved in all aspects. It was definitely worthwhile in terms of furthering my language skills, but it was also worthwhile in ways that I didn't guess before I was there. Learning how to adapt to a new culture and city is a ve... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I practiced rolling with the punches - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Language near fluency, loving host family, a few local friends and friends within the program, much more knowledge of history and culture of the country, and learning to live more independently. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I am sometimes too patient and need to be more vocal when I am unhappy with my situation. At the same time, some things will always be out of my control. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Subida Ecuador
Made lifelong friends and I feel fluent in Spanish - Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso View Entire Review
In addition to the obvious improvement in language skills, taking classes at the local university gave me the opportunity to meet many wonderful, creative people who encouraged and inspired me. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Completely cemented my spanish skills and confidence that I can live abroad - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, and stretching 4,300 km from the Peruvian border in the north to Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan in the south, Chile encompasses every kind of environment from tropical to desert to sub Antarctic. The long, impossibly thin line of Chile boasts a magnificent Pacific coastline, Andean peaks with over 50 active volcanoes, the inhospitable Atacama Desert, and Chilean Patagonia.  Since the end of military rule and the return of a stable democracy in 1990, Chile has proven an attractive site for university-level study. Chilean history covers all phases and models that students may have studied and wish to learn about first-hand. 

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.


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):
  • Journalism
  • Engineering
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Legal Professions and Studies
  • Psychology
  • International Relations
  • Health Professions
  • Business Administration and Management
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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