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 4.3
Based on 30 Reviews
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March 05, 2020 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
February 03, 2020 A Worthwhile Experience
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
July 26, 2019 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
So so much. - Pomona College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Valparaiso
July 10, 2018 What A Year
Perseverance. Obviously in the beginning it was tough with the language, especially because Chile has their own "version" of Spanish with lots of slang. But I truly learned how to overcome challenges and make the best out of it all. - Bates College View Entire Review
Yeahs sure. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
My Spanish got a LOT better. I learned I can make a life in a new place and that it's ok to feel super challenged and make mistakes and learn from them... I also learned that being uncomfortable in a situation is ok (obviously as long as it's safe). It's good to be in new positions even if they aren't familiar. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 03, 2017 The Chilean Adventure
I gained a lot from living and interacting with so many locals. The experience truly gave me the opportunity to immerse myself into Chilean culture and for that reason, I found it incredibly worthwhile. Not to mention, my Spanish improved immensely! - Wesleyan University 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
January 25, 2020 Incredible Experience!
My spanish got much better and the cultural immersion made me think critically and expanded my horizons. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 20, 2020 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
September 04, 2018 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
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Valparaiso
My time abroad was incredibly worthwhile. I gained and learned so much from my experience in Chile, I could probably talk about it for hours. A few key points are: First of all I gained a large network of "family" and friends that I know I'll keep in contact with. I was able to improve my Spanish greatly, at the end of my last... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
April 17, 2018 Great!!!
I learned so much about independence and navigating new situations, as well as communicating across language barriers and cultures. Difficult at times, but definitely worthwhile. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Valparaiso
I learned to be a more rounded and open minded person that is more willing to improvise in uncomfortable situations. It was so worthwhile, even if only to learn Spanish. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 06, 2017 A Rewarding Challenge
I learned so much about the health system in Chile and how to interact with patients there. I learned less about the history/culture than I had thought I would because I had to invest so much time in my classes. - 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):
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Legal Professions and Studies
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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