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Study Abroad in Chile

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Interested in spending a semester abroad? Learn more about Universidad Viña del Mar in Viña del Mar, Chile!

Situated on a coastal town just 30 minutes from historic Valparaiso, the Universidad Viña del Mar (UVM) offers an exceptional study abroad program focused on experiential learning and community service. The Chilean family homestay and volunteer program (with options including language teacher assistant, children’s home monitor, and national park volunteer) allow you to enjoy an authentic Chilean experience, complete with daily learning excursions. You can take courses in business, social sciences, humanities, and environmental studies, in conjunction with Spanish instruction classes. Viña del Mar is located on the Pacific Ocean, setting the backdrop for a fantastic experience.



  • UVM has a 3.00 minimum GPA requirement.

  • Programs Available: Semester, year-long, and summer. Fall Semester (their Spring season): early August to early December. Spring Semester (their Fall season): early March to late June. The Summer term is either June or July.

Course and Subject Offerings

You will take a blend of the English Program and the Spanish Program. From the Spanish Program, students take 2 classes: any Spanish language course and “Cultures in Contact,” which has a volunteer component. You have many interesting choices from the English Program (taught in English).

  • Liberal Arts Electives (Ethics and Development; Post-dictatorship and popular culture in Chile; Rebellion, Revolution and Reconciliation in Latin American Literature and Political History; Travel Literature)

  • Social Sciences (Critical Narrative on Global and Local Order; Cross-Cultural Engagement and Skills Development; Gender and Sexual Minority Studies; Human Rights in Latin America; Indigenous Peoples in Chile; Latin America History of Ideas; Latin America Regional Scenario in the 21st Century; Latin America Social Movements; Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development; Social Inequality, Exclusion, and Democracy)

  • Business (Corporate Social Responsibility; Effective Business Communication Ideas; Executive Production, the International Film and Television Industry; Globalization; Globalization of Art and its Marketing; Green Economy; Marketing Trends in Latin America; Leadership; Management Skills and Crisis Management; Multicultural Global Management; Negotiation Strategies)

  • For the Spanish Semester Program Course Catalog, click here.

  • For the English Semester Program Course Catalog, click here.

  • The Summer term is an Intensive Spanish Program during either June or July. Students will take Spanish Language and Chilean culture sessions with an option to complete volunteer work as well. For more information, click here.



Students live in a homestay with a local Chilean family, and the family will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more information, click here and scroll down to and click “HOST FAMILIES.”


General Information

  • Click here for information about Internships. (Requires “B2 Upper Intermediate” Spanish Level.)

  • In addition to the “Cultures in Contact” course, there is an “Outreach V: Service Learning in Viña del Mar” Program; it requires a “B1 Intermediate” Spanish Level. Click here for more information.

  • Click here for information about the International Club.



Scholarships are available. Click here for a database of scholarships and contact


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