A unique exploration of Spanish Language and Chilean Culture

This program gives you a unique opportunity to spend your summer studying in Latin America, open to beginner, intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers. Two summer sessions are available and you will have the option to attend one or both.

Taught through our academic partner, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), lectures and class time are supplemented and enriched by excursions and site visits to relevant institutions, towns and neighborhoods where Chile's development trajectory can be evidenced first hand. You’ll get to know the beautiful streets of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and meet the people of this vibrant and artistic country.

  • Exciting and meaningful opportunities for community engagement, travel and excursions in Chile are arranged by the PUCV international office each semester.
    • Community engagement includes working with organizations like Minga, a community-based organization founded by a PUCV alum.
    • Excursions include Valparaíso en Colores, a Street Art tour of PUCV’s home city, in addition to visits to Casablanca, Isla Negra and Santiago.
  • 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 Valparaíso or the nearby resort town of Vina del mar.

  • Advanced Spanish speakers might consider participating in an Internship through a PUCV placement such as Chrysalis, a capital fund supporting startups in Latin America.

  • 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.

  • PUCV has a central campus in downtown Valparaíso, only a few blocks from the Chilean Congress, the brand new Metro and the Pacific Ocean. 

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Summer 1 2020 TBA TBA TBA TBA 3/31/2020  
Summer 1 and 2 2020 TBA TBA TBA TBA 3/31/2020  
Summer 2 2020 TBA TBA TBA TBA 3/31/2020  

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.

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Program Details



Language of Instruction

Proficiency Dependent



Location Type

Small City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. 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