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CIEE: Valparaiso Language in Context
Valparaiso, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Chile’s second most important city, Valparaiso, has been called “the San Francisco of South America” on account of its ocean-side location, steeply rising streets, and distinctive funiculars (cable railways). The city’s importance as a port decreased after the opening of the Panama Canal—ships sailing between the Pacific and the Atlantic had previously traveled via the Straits of Magellan—but the city has retained much of its former glory. From the mid-1990s, Valparaiso underwent a cultural renaissance. Today it hosts jazz, ethnic music, and opera festivals; it also boasts a new metro system. The city is the birthplace of both Salvador Allende and Augusto Pinochet; poets Pablo Neruda and Rubén Darío lived here too. For nightlife, the harbor sector and the neighborhood around Plaza Sotomayor are popular hangout places for young people.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
The study abroad program is intended for students with beginner and intermediate college-level Spanish skills, who are looking for a program that permits them to rapidly develop Spanish language skills on a Chilean university campus. During the semester, you are expected to enroll in 10 credits of intensive Spanish that cover Grammar and Vocabulary, Oral Comprehension and Oral Production, and Reading Comprehension and Writing Production. These courses are designed to provide students with the equivalent of two semesters of either first or second year college-level Spanish. You will also enroll in one or two PUCV courses with a Chilean content focus. They offer an extensive selection of courses, offered in English and Spanish, on subjects relating to the Chilean and Latin American history, culture, and contemporary society.
In language classes, students are normally graded on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, presentations, and class participation. Grades in content courses are generally based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. All non-language courses are taught in English. A Spanish diagnostic placement test is provided at the beginning of the program. Students whose results reflect an intermediate or higher level of Spanish skills may enroll in regular content courses taught in Spanish offered for international students with the approval of the resident director and their home school.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 14-18 credits per semester. The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late July – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-February – Mid-July
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be placed in a homestay with a Chilean family and be provided with the 3 meals per day. Most homestays are located in Viña del Mar and a few are in Valparaíso. The sister cities are very close to one another and PUCV has departments in both cities. Please note that for Academic Year students following the July-July program are responsible for the cost of housing and meals during the December-March break.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless enabled laptop. You'll have access to email and the Internet at the CIEE office in Viña del Mar, the university, and at the abundant and inexpensive Internet cafés in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Please note that the quality and availability of internet access does not always compare with that you may be used to at home.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1000) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Students submitting applications for the Center for Global Education scholarships will be considered for a CIEE-CIC scholarship.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.