Learn the language, meet the people and delve into the culture

Enjoy a semester-based in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaíso, Chile, with its vibrant street art sub-culture and its architectural beauty. Learn the language, become involved in the local community and gain an understanding of the special Chilean culture, history and society.

This program, taught through Arcadia's academic partner, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), focuses on Spanish language, Chilean culture and contemporary Latin American studies.  If you have at least two years of Spanish language study at the university level, you can also take classes alongside Chilean students in academic departments within PUCV in various subjects.

From the beginning, I went into the study abroad experience expecting the unexpected. I looked forward to a great adventure and a chance to thrust myself out of my everyday life, and be immersed in an entirely new culture. ”

Ally Gimbel

Tufts University Student, Arcadia in Chile

  • Exciting and meaningful opportunities for community engagement, travel and excursions in Chile are arranged by the PUCV international office each term.

  • Homestay with local families is a highlight of the experience and helps you gain cultural and language immersion during your time in Chile. You live with families in Valparaiso or the nearby resort town of Vina del Mar.

  • Chile has distinctive regions and micro-climates, from the Atacama desert in the north to Patagonia and the Bio Bio valley in the south - you can explore these areas through independent or partner university organized travel.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Spring 2017 2/17/2017 6/25/2017 15 $11,700 11/15/2016 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2017 2/17/2017 11/26/2017 30 $19,400 11/15/2016 More Info
Fall 2017 7/21/2017 11/26/2017 15 $12,300 4/20/2017 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

Learn More


Every dollar helps! Check out different funding sources for study abroad...

Program Details



Language of Instruction

Proficiency Dependent



Location Type

Small City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed accommodation. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


Health & Safety

Student health, safety and security in Chile are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

Health & Safety