University of Vina Del Mar, Chile


    Study at University of Vina Del Mar, Chile
    Intensive Spanish & Latin American Studies
    4 Weeks: $2595 / Semester: $4795 USD
    Open to all Worldwide
    Minimum age 16 yrs

    The Program


    • Low cost Tuition & Housing
    • Pre-departure resources (info)
    • Student services support staff
    • Cultural activities / field trips
    • Discount airfare booking
    • Easy check-in process
    • Earn academic credit
    • Transcript (certificate)

    The University of Vina Del Mar is a fully accredited university by the Ministry of Education in Chile. International students attend “Intensive Spanish and Chilean Culture” courses as well as have the opportunity to take other course subjects. Some cultural courses available in English. Courses are offered for the Semester, as well as 4 – 8 weeks during the Summer and Winter (January). It’s courses and degrees have been transfered to other universities around the world. Overall, the University of Vina Del Mar has an excellent reputation within the South American academic community. Instructors are Professors (faculty) from the university itself, and foreign students earn college credit upon completing the program and have the transcript sent to their home school. Airport pick-up included. Minimum age is 16 yrs. Join us!

    The Location

    Chile is located in South America. It’s bordering countries are Peru and Bolivia in the North and Argentina to the East. It’s natural borders are the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Magellan Strait to the South. Chilean geography is best known for its variety of climates and sceneries. Arid desert, fields of fruit and beautiful beaches, volcanoes, lakes, worlds second largest rain forest, plus fyords and canals, pampas and glaciers. Well known “Easter Island” is off the coast. The deserts in the North, the central valleys, and the Lake Region in the South make Chile an ideal place for vacation and adventure. Throughout the years, Chile has become a politically stable country with a growing economy which, in turn, makes it a safe and perfect place to immerse oneself in the culture. Chile’s population is about 15 million. Official language is “Spanish”, and its currency the Chilean peso. Overall, it is a “mestizo” country, of mixed European and indigenous extraction.

    Vina Del Mar, known as “The Garden City” was founded in 1874. It is considered as the capital of Chilean “tourism”, for it is the most important resort area in Chile along the Pacific shoreline. Vina Del Mar is part of the Fifth Region and it is located next to the Regional Capital City of Santiago, as well as links with sister-city “Valparaiso” which is the main seaport and seat of Parliament. The climate is similar to San Francisco, Blue Coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Cape City in South Africa, and Perth, Australia. Average summer temperatures (December – March) is 68 degress (F), and in Winter – 59 degrees (F). The crime rate is very low in Vina Del Mar, and staff there advises students about it.

    Chilean Spanish has its own characteristics. You will notice that in general Chilean’s speak fast and not real clearly. You will get use to it, so don’t worry. They commonly do not pronounce the “s” on ends of words. Chilean Spanish has some words for things that are different than Standard Spanish. You may hear the second person singular pronounced as “ai” rather than “as”. For example, “Como estai?” rather than “Como estas?” It may sound strange at first, but its all part of the beauty of the language.

    Courses: Spanish & English Courses

    All students take a placement exam upon arrival and orientation. Students are then placed in the “Intensive Spanish” course of their level: beginners, intermediate, advance or superior. In addition, students take a “Spanish Writing” course, as well as a “Chilean Culture” course. Students earn over 90 hours (6 credits) for the Spanish language and Chilean Culture, and over 46 hours (3 credits) for the Advanced Spanish Writing Course. If more hours are needed, the student can continue with the Intensive Spanish. Otherwise, when they reach the required level of “high intermediate / advance”, they can proceed to take some other courses with Chilean students that are taught in Spanish. See below for course descriptions of the Spanish and Chilean Culture courses. Classes are usually taught for 45 minutes each.

    If a student has a “high Intermediate”, “Advanced”, or “Superior” level of the Spanish language, they can then design their own Academic Semester program and attend classes with regular Chilean students from a wide range of disciplines that include: business administration and economics, agriculture, art, basic sciences, education, humanities and engineering. Courses are structured by the Department of Humanities. Actual course listings and descriptions are not available until after arrival and placement test to determine level. Courses are all in Spanish, and some also in English. These courses can total over 96 hours (6 credits).


    Specific Objectives

    • Develop the students ability to express themselves orally with ease and naturalness what they are thinking and feeling.
    • Develop listening comprehension through by exposing students to Chilean films, AmericanÊfilms dubbed in Spanish, and Chilean and Latin American music.
    • Through reading, promote participation in association activities, interpretation, and analysis of themes that influence our society.
    • Involve the student in the Chilean culture and language throughout of class activities.
    • Through reading a variety of texts, develop the students reading abilities and oral expression of what the student has read.


    • Chile: cultural aspects
    • Chilean Films:
      Historias de Futbol (Chilean stories from the Norte, South and Central part of Chile), El Chacotero Sentimental (El Patas Negras, Todo es Cancha), El Gringuito, Coronacion, El Chacal de Nahueltoro, Johnny Cien Pesos, etc.
    • Documentary Films: Nuestro Siglo
    • Games: Escrupulos
    • Idiomatic expressions and Chilean slang
    • Grammar, indicative mood, past tense, subjunctive mood, adverbs
    • Short Stories by Chilean authors


    • Individual presentations: each week the students will read a work by Chilean author. Students will take turns leading a discussion ove rthe assigned reading.
    • Debates over themes related to Chilean culture.
    • Do a video project that comments on and discusses a certain cultural or linguistic aspect ofÊChile.
    • Discussion on films.



    • Thematic Contents
      Analysis of texts by Latin American and Chilean authors
    • Structural Contents
      Sentences: Nouns and adjectives. Type and number. Use of prepositions, Personal pronouns, possessives and demonstratives.
      Verbs: Regular and Irregular. Ser-Estar.
      Mood: Indicative, subjunctive, imperative.
      Tense: Present, past (preterite-imperfect).
      Spelling rules: Capitalization, pronounciation, accents.
      Uses of b/v,c/s/v, h, g/j, c/qu, r/rr, m/n
    • Contents of Written Communication.
      Writing and composition.
      Essays: experiences of real life, present-day themes.


    • Bonet y Rincon. El libro de los acentos. Barcelona, 1993. 1st edition.
    • Valenzuela, Florencio. El verbo. Bogota, 1996.
    • Seco, Rafael. Manual de grammatical espanol. Madrid, 1989.
    • Gutierrez y Gutierrez. Redaccion y ortografia simplificadas. Santiago de Chile, 1995.

    Note: Additional Course descriptions are available after arrival from the Professors.

    Note: If a student is very fluent in Spanish, they can skip the language requirements and take other courses that are available in the Department of Humanities. They must take the Placement Exam there upon arrival to determine level.

    1. Intensive Spanish & Chilean Culture Program: SPAN 101, 201, 301 (from beginner to intermediate level…3 sections)

      NOTE: Students who do not meet the language requirements cannot take regular courses due to the fact that the majority of courses are taught in Spanish. Thus, the following courses are offered…3 sections:

    NOTE: These courses integrates language and culture, through Chilean films, documentaries, radio and television publicity, magazines and news stories, in an effort to make the communicative competency of the developing student better in four linguistice skills: listening and reading comprehension, and oral and written expression.

    a. Beginning Level (Spanish 1)……60 hours…..4 credits. An introduction to the Spanish language, inlcuding grammar, vocabulary, expressions, and common situations. The fundamentals of Spanish are developed through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and developement of comprehension. SPAN 101

    b. Beginner Level (Spanish 2)……60 hrs…….4 credits This course further develops the fundamentals of Spanish seen in Spanish 1. Focus is on grammar, composition, phonetics, and pronunciation. SPAN 201

    c. Intermediate Level (Spanish 3)…..60 hrs…..4 credits This course further develops Spanish language skills, including a rapid review of components learned in Beginning level Spanish 1 and 2. Topics include using the subjunctive and ser vs. estar are studied in greater detail. Conversational and reading/writing abilities are continually enhanced through excercises and situational practice. SPAN 301

    2. Intensive Spanish & Chilean Culture Program: (from intermediate to advanced levels….offered in 2 sections).

    • Advanced Spanish 1 & 2 aim to perfect the language capabilities of advanced level students. Grammar is emphasized applied to oral practice and reinforced by reading, writing, and listening comprehension excercises. SPAN 401 / 402. 4 semester / 6 quarter hrs.
    • Spanish Writing and Composition…..46 hrs……..3 credits Learn different textual typologies, grammar structures and logic. To recognize sentence problems in semantic, grammatic and lexicographic terms. Detailed review of writing by Chilean writers. Structural contents include subjects and adjectives, direct and indirect pronouns, tenses, moods, grammar rules, use of prepositions. An emphasis in essay writing.

    NOTE: Students who do meet the language requirements can take the regular courses and particiapte in one of the two Spanish & Chilean Culture Programs:

    NOTE: A continuation of language instruction and involving the student in the Chilean culture by including films, documentaries, games, stories by Chilean authors, presentations by students, debates, class discussions.

    a. Intensive Spanish & Chilean Culture…..90 hrs……..6 credits

    3) Spanish Conversation & Latin American / Chilean Program (for Advanced and Superior Levels……divided into 3 courses):

    a. Spanish Conversation & Chilean Culture……..64 hrs…….4 credits

    b. Strategies for Communication: Grammar and Compostion….46 hrs…..3 credits Course reviews sentence structure – nouns, articles, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, verb tenses, modes, connectives, and conditionals.

    c. Latin American Cultural Perspectives……32 hrs…….2 credits

    4) University Regular (General) Courses for International and Chilean Students. International students can take general (regular) courses from the study areas offered by the University of Vina Del Mar. These include the following: History, Sociology, Business, Engineering, Biology, Language and Literature Studies, Law, Spanish and Communication, Accounting, Architecture, Graphic Design, Education. Not all the subjects are available every semester, and are taught for about 40 minutes per class.

      NOTE: You can obtain a complete list of classes available upon arrival and check-in.

    * The following two (2) courses are offered in English:

    1) LIT-ENG: Latin America on Film (1, 2 Semester)

    2) LIT-ENG: Latin American Literature (1, 2 Semester)

    Academic Credit

    Students earn 13 – 15 semester credits for each semester completed. 3 – 4 credits for each 4-week session completed. Upon completion, transcripts (Certificate) is available from the University of Vina Del Mar….stating the courses taken, number of hours, and grade.

    Financial Aid

    Yes, you can use your financial aid on this program. Please have your Financial Aid office e-mail us a “Consortium Agreement” to complete and sign. CSA does not offer any scholarships or financial aid, we can only assist you in using your home school’s financial aid on this program.


      Extracurricular activities include:

    • Sports and recreational activities: aerobics, basketball, soccer, etc.
    • Access to campus sport facilities.
    • Salsa dance lessons.
    • Access to the internet.
    • Local sightseeing and excursions to Isla Negra and city of Valparaiso (optional).
    • Social gatherings (parties) with other students.


    Housing is provided by local host families. Single, private room, plus 3 meals daily, laundry service, and most have Wi-Fi.

    Cost $950 USD per month (or less)- add on to the program balance if desired.

    Carefully selected, host families are from middle – upper income households that have hosted foreign students before. CSA will provide host family contact information with confirmation documents.

    You can also arrange own housing if you prefer, just let us know.

    Dates and Fees

    * Minimum age is 16 yrs
    * Airport (Santiago) pick-up on Saturday (included)

    * 4 weeks each session

    4 Weeks: June (early) – June (late)
    2020 Dates: June 1st – 26th
    2021 Dates: May 31st – June 25th
    $2595 USD
    4 Weeks: July(early) – July (late)
    2020 Dates: June 29th – July 24th
    2021 Dates: July 5th – 30th
    $2595 USD
    8 Weeks: June (early) – July (late)
    2020 Dates: June 1st – July 24th
    2021 Dates: May 31st – July 30th
    $4695 USD


    March (early) – July (early)

    2020 Dates: February 24th – June 26th
    2021 Dates: February 22nd – June 25th

    * Airport (Santiago) pick-up on Saturday

    $4795 USD


    August (early) – December (mid)

    2019 Dates: July 29th – December 6th
    2020 Dates: July 27th – December 4th
    2021 Dates: July 26th – December 3rd

    * Airport (Santiago) pick-up on Saturday

    $4795 USD

    Note: Housing not included in fees (cost extra).


    No classes on National holidays, Holy Week (Easter), Christmas and New years.


    Open to all students and adults worldwide. Minimum age is 16 yrs.


    Plan on arriving 1 – 2 days prior to the “Orientation”. Airport pick-up (Santiago) and escort to Vina Del Mar. This is included in the program fee. Staff escort will take you to the host family housing and show you how to get to the school. Thus, please inform us your flight arrival information (Santiago airport) as soon as possible, so we can confirm airport pick-up services. There is a entry fee charged at the Santiago airport to enter Chile. It is approx. $100.

    Country Information: (City: Vina Del Mar)

    • Language: Chilean Spanish
    • Currency: Chilean Peso
    • Airport Entry Fee: $100 (approx) paid at the Santiago airport to enter Chile.
    • Electricity: 220 volts, 50 cycles.
    • Internet Access: Yes…at the student office. Also, nearby internet cafes.
    • Seasons: Summer is Dec – Mar. Average summer temp is 68 (F), Winter – 59 (F)
    • Public Transportation: Buses – called “Micros”, Taxis, and “Colectivos” (fixed price taxi)
    • Religion: 80 percent of Chileans are Roman Catholic
    • Health Tips: Be careful with water, uncooked seafood, fruits and vegetables. Boil water.
    • Mailing Facility: Use host family’s address. Post offices are located close by.


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