Arcadia in Chile Program Courses

A typical courseload is 4-5 courses for 15 credits.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

Students will take Spanish language and Chilean culture in addition to electives of their choice that are taught in English or Spanish.

Direct enroll in academic departments: Courses in individual academic departments vary in terms of credits. Visit the PUCV website for specific information or speak with your program manager.

Course Restrictions

To take specific courses in PUCV's academic departments alongside Chilean students, prior higher-level Spanish courses are required. 

Program Calendar and Course Availability

All the courses listed in the grid below are designed for international students who are non-native speakers of Spanish.

Students enrolling in PUCV courses will be studying alongside Chilean students and therefore will need a high level of Spanish fluency. PUCV courses may have different semester dates. Please speak with your Program Manager for more information.

Choosing Your Courses

You will take a placement test at PUCV during orientation to determine Spanish language level and elective eligibility.

In addition to required Spanish and Chilean culture courses, there are a variety of courses in Latin American studies available to students of all levels at PUCV's international school, as well as the possibility to enroll directly in a specific academic department to take courses with Chilean students.

Enrollment Process

Official course enrollment will take place upon arrival. The online course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone.

  • Include 6-7 credits of Spanish language and culture courses,
  • You will be placed into the appropriate language level during orientation.
  • For electives, please select 11-12 credits' worth of courses,
  • List other electives as possible back-up choices (designate as back-up on your form).
  • Total semester load for this program is between 15-19 credits.
  • List all courses in order of preference.

If you are not sure as to your Spanish level/eligibility for certain courses:

  • Provide an educated guess based on your experience.
  • Consult your Program Manager to be sure.

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.


Language and Culture

Spanish as a foreign language courses

Course ID Title Credits Language Term Syllabus
PIIE 141 Spanish oral comprehension and oral production, beginner level 4 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 152 Spanish Reading Comprehension and Writing Production, Beginner level 4 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 161 Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary, Beginner level 4 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 240 Español Comunicacional y Cultura Chilena - Intermedio 6 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 250 Español Escrito - Intermedio 3 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 260 Gramática para Extranjeros 1 4 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 340 Español Comunicacional y Cultura Chilena - Avanzado 6 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 350 Español Escrito - Avanzado 3 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIEE 351 Escritura creativa -Nivel Avanzado Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 352-1 Escritura académica - Avanzado 3 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 360 Gramática para Extranjeros 2 4 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 460 Gramática para Extranjeros 3 4 Spanish Spring/Fall PDF



Course ID Title Credits Language Term Syllabus
MUS 084 Danzas Tradicionales de Chile y Latinoamérica 2  Spanish  Fall/Spring PDF
LCL 432 Contemporary Latin American Poetry 3  Spanish Fall/Spring  PDF
LCL 531 20th Century Chilean Poetry - Neruda-Parra-Huidobro Spanish Fall/Spring  PDF
LCL 621 Latin-american short stories 3 Spanish Fall/Spring PDF
HIS 513 Modern History of Chile 4  Spanish  Fall/Spring  PDF 
HIS 554 Pre-Hispanic Art & Society in Chile Spanish Fall/Spring  PDF
HIS 557 Regional and Urban History of Valparaíso 3 Spanish Fall/Spring  PDF

Taught in English

Course ID Title Credits Language Term Syllabus
PIIE 411 Contemporary Latin American Films 4 English Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 421 Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America 4 English Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 436 Environmental Issues in Chile 4 English Spring PDF
PIIE 451 Latino Studies 4 English Spring/Fall PDF
PIIE 530 Resistance, Appropriation and Sustainability: Cross-Cultural Encounters with the Native Mapuche People 4 English Spring/Fall PDF

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Translation U.S. Equivalent
6 - 7 Muy Bueno Very Good A
5 - 5.9 Bueno Good B
4 - 4.9 Suficiente Sufficient C
0 - 3.9 Insuficiente Insufficient (Fail) F