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  • Locations: Valparaiso, Chile; Viña del Mar, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/16/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/25/2020 08/04/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Program Type: Study Abroad
Provider: Faculty-Led Field of Study: Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Faculty Program Leader: Valerie Rider Advisor: Kara Pike Inman
Program Description:
Program Description | Eligibility | Academic Details | Housing
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Chile Summer Study Abroad

Program Description

Program Overview

Experience life in astonishingly beautiful Chile on our summer study abroad program. Now in its sixteenth year, this amazing trip offers a total immersion experience. By living with a host family, your Spanish will improve on a daily–sometimes hourly!—basis. Living in South America provides for appreciation of Hispanic and indigenous American cultures. On the excursions we take –¡fantásticas!- we explore the rich beauty of Chile’s land, people, animals, and cultural traditions. Through your Chilean family and the friends you’ll make during your stay, you will return to the U.S. with a better, deeper grasp of language and culture than you ever thought possible. Study abroad in Chile and see for yourself!

Our program “home base” is the sister cities of Valparaíso (Valpo) and Viña del Mar. Located on the Pacific Ocean, Valpo is one of the world´s most picturesque cities. It is a city of hills (cerros), and has a magnificent harbor. Ride the ascensores (cable cars), they go steeply up the cerros. Lovely Viña is ten minutes away, and is where you live with your host families. Viña has world-class beaches, great cafés and restaurants, and is super-walkable.

Optional excursions include Easter Island!  Visit one of the world's most exotic locations.  You won't believe the beauty of this magical place.

Program Activities & Features May Include:
  • Spend the day at an alpaca ranch, immersed in everything "alpaca"
  • A day of horseback riding (ocean and dunes), followed by a delicous asado
  • Spend a day immersed in indigenous Mapuche culture. Doña Blanca, a native Huilliche, will guide us through the Mapuche way of life. Together, we will prepare and enjoy an authentic Mapuche meal.
  • Explore vibrant Santiago, Chile’s capital, lunch at the world-famous Mercado, visit the Pre-Columbian Museum, and La Moneda, the presidential palace
  • Excursions to all three of Pablo Neruda’s homes: Isla Negra on the Pacific with lunch at Cafe del Poeta on the ocean; La Sebastiana in Valparaíso; La Chascona in Santiago
  • Tour Valparaíso’s breathtaking hills and visit sea lions in the harbor
  • A trekking excursion through one of Chile’s most beautiful national parks, La Campana. The park’s name was bestowed by Charles Darwin, who visited during his legendary Beagle voyage.


Students are eligible to apply for this program if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Degree-seeking student
  • Must be at least 18-years-old at time of participation
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.50+ GPA at time of application
  • Prerequisite: completion of SPN 201 with a "C" or better
  • Interview with program leader
  • Freshmen are able to participate if they meet certain criteria

Academic Details

Earn 6 UNCW credits

SPN 302: Intermediate Readings in Spanish (3 credits)
SPN 394: El cóndor y el toro: Indigenous and Spanish Chile (3 credits)

Both classes count toward the major or minor in Spanish.


Students will stay with a Chilean host family.

Program Dates

Application Deadline
March 16, 2020

Tentative Program Dates
June 25 - August 2, 2020

Financial Details

Estimated Program Fee: $3,410
Program Fee Includes:

  • Lodging with Chilean host family, including 3 meals/day & laundry
  • Cultural excursions and activities including ground transportation, admissions, some meals
  • Study abroad
  • Health insurance
Additional Costs: (not included in program fee)
  • Airfare
  • UNCW Tuition and fees
  • Texbooks
  • Optional excursions
  • Passport, if needed 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at

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