- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second semester Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 5 semesters of college-level Spanish language or equivalent
Students enroll in a Spanish language at CIEE and then the remainder of credits are a combination of courses with American students at the CIEE center and host university elective courses in Spanish.
Academic Year: Late July-Mid July
Fall: Late July-Early December
Spring: Late February- Mid July
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Pan back and Valparaíso looks like a giant amphitheater, settled into steep hills and flatlands that meet the Pacific. Zoom in and it’s a bohemian riot of colorful architecture, diversity and quirkiness. While Chile’s port city is an international hot spot for big shipping, its sister city, Viña del Mar, is a modern resort center with beaches, shops, and a residential area. Affordable mass transportation between the twin cities adds to their appeal as a friendly, fascinating place to live and study.
Students should allow time to adjust to a different academic style, as well as different Chilean intonations and academic rhythm. Unlike in the U.S., Chilean academic culture generally requires students to take greater initiative and responsibility in a less structured environment. Courses are more lecture-based and less interactive, therefore students are expected to know the requirements of the course, turn in assignments on time without reminder, and be present to take tests, quizzes, and exams. CIEE Valparaíso staff support students as they adjust to this approach. Attendance is mandatory, and absences affect final grades. Chilean classmates are an excellent source of help.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.