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.

I’ve fallen in love with this city and have learned so much about myself, life, and the culture of this beautiful country. I’ve met some of the most incredible people while traveling to some of the most beautiful places in the world. My Spanish has improved exponentially and I’m excited to get back into grammar classes this coming semester to learn even more. ”

Megan Anger

Temple University

  • 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.

  • Chile's Program Coordinator, Rodrigo González Salinas, will meet you on the ground! Based in Valparaíso, Rodrigo co-ordinates our student services support, academic guidance and co-curricular learning activities in Chile.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2018 7/20/2018 12/8/2018 15 $12,750 4/20/2018 More Info
Spring 2019 2/22/2019 7/13/2019 15 $12,980 11/15/2018 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2019 2/22/2019 12/7/2019 30 $20,370 11/15/2018 More Info
Fall 2019 7/19/2019 12/7/2019 TBA TBA 4/20/2019  

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