API students studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) have the option of taking Spanish language courses at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels with other visiting international students. Students also complete elective coursework in English or Spanish. Students who place into the advanced level of Spanish on the PUCV placement test are welcome to take coursework with local Chilean students in lieu of some elective courses. Courses with Chilean students will end later than courses with international students, and will require an extra fee for extended housing.
Students selecting the early-start option arrive 5-6 weeks prior to the start of the standard university semester and complete a 90-contact hour Spanish course to improve their Spanish skills.
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE – FALL ONLY
Advanced-level Spanish speakers studying abroad during the fall are eligible to earn a special Latin American Studies Certificate from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. To do so, students must complete coursework focused on the diverse aspects of contemporary Latin America. This multidisciplinary track allows students to complete all coursework in Spanish. Students may select from coursework in literature, history, political science, sociology and geography. Some courses are offered just for visiting international students and other courses can be completed with local Chilean students.
The early-start option allows students to arrive 5-6 weeks prior to the start of the standard university semester and complete a 90-contact hour Spanish course to improve their Spanish skills. Students may only complete this program during the U.S. fall semester.
ACADEMIC AND CALENDAR YEAR STUDENTS
The Chilean academic calendar follows the calendar year. The first semester in Chile is actually the equivalent of the spring semester in the U.S. Students who wish to study for two semesters in Chile are encouraged to consider the Calendar Year option (spring/fall). Students selecting a Calendar Year program have access to API housing throughout their program. In contrast, students selecting the more traditional Academic Year option will have approximately a 2-month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided. Both Early Start options include an intensive Spanish course prior to the start of the first semester in Chile. Pre-Departure Services: Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Mobile Phone, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, Scholarships
On-Site Services: Airport Reception, Resident Directors, Housing (including meals and laundry), Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions (overnight and day), Social and Cultural Activities, Welcome and Farewell Group Meals, Volunteer Opportunities
Re-Entry Services: Re-Entry Materials and Support, Post-Program Evaluation, Transcript, Alumni Network and Development Opportunities
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