Trip Dates: May 22 - July 4, 2014
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St. Augustine Center 300, Monday, February 10 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Villanova University invites applications for its exciting six-week summer program in the little known secret of South America---Chile. Students will experience a complete immersion into the culture and society of Chile through home-stays with carefully picked local families, diverse and friendly courses on topics of contemporary relevance, and guided study tours in Valparaíso, Santiago, and the Central Region. Chile challenges even the most astute observer from abroad, as it boasts the fastest growing economy, highest Human Development Index (HDI), highest literacy rate, most transparent government, and the best democracy in Latin America. Yet it is also quintessentially Latin with all the allure and aura of a culture enriched by the indigenous, Iberian, and other influences. Sandwiched between the gorgeous Andes mountain ranges and the blue Pacific Ocean, Chile is unquestionably the Switzerland of the Western Hemisphere. The country stretches from the warm beaches of Arica and Iquique in the North to the green lakes and snowcapped glaciers of Patagonia in the South.
Students are required to take a total of six-credits on this program. Students are not allowed to repeat a course which they have already taken at Villanova University. Please contact the FPC with any questions related to coursework.
* Additional language instruction may be arranged to meet student needs
All area studies courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Lectures are normally in Spanish. Language instruction is arranged to meet the participants' needs.
"In terms of my education, the most important aspect of my Chilean experience was the opportunity to live with a Chilean family. They helped me to create memories while improving my vocabulary and grammar. There is no comparison between learning in a classroom or becoming a part of a family. I gained invaluable knowledge about Chilean culture and daily life through this trip.
The additional trip to Argentina was one of the highlights of the trip. In the US, many assume that all Spanish speaking countries in South America have similar cultures and histories. From this trip, I was able to compare Chile and Argentina, and learn about the distinct differences between the two countries. In addition, Buenos Aires is a gorgeous city with a very interesting history. It was well worth the trip!"
Jordan Putt, Summer 2013
"My summer abroad in Chile was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. From being immersed in a completely foreign culture to mastering the Spanish language and a little in between, it was the highlight of my summer and my freshman year at Villanova. I found a second home in the beautiful country of Chile with my host family and have created lifelong relationships with my friends at the local university. The cherry on top? The chance to visit the beautiful country of Argentina and be further exposed to the Latin American culture that I have come to love. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning more about the Latin American culture, improving their Spanish, and visiting some of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in South America. It is an opportunity that you cannot pass up!"
Evangelia Makrygiannis, Summer 2013
My six-week experience was an absolutely amazing one. Chile, in comparison to the more traditional study abroad locations in Europe, was able to open my eyes to an entirely new culture and granted me a worldly experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Chile is unique in regards not only to the language change, but also in the distinct culture Viña del Mar and Valparaíso offer. Each day offers a new adventure to take on or challenge to overcome. Excursions like horseback riding alongside the Pacific and weekend trips to the Atacama desert, or to Argentina are truly unforgettable experiences. This country has become emergent both in global markets and South American culture and would be invaluable for any student looking in broaden their cultural horizons.
Noah Thacker, Summer2012
NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.
Dr. Adriana Meriño
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
College of Arts & Sciences
St. Augustine Center 344
Applications are due no later than April 1, 2014; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.
Includes tuition, room and some meals, transfers, field trips and fees. The round trip air ticket, optional travel and personal expenses are not included. The program coordinator will designate a travel agent to handle an optional (though highly encouraged) group flight.
Past programs have traveled Santiago, the homes of Pablo Neruda, Pomaire, the Andes, and weekend trips to Cajón del Maipo, and La Serena, its museums and the birthplace of Gabriela Mistral.
Students will be placed with carefully selected Chilean families in the Valparaíso and Viña del Mar region, and thus will have an opportunity to be part of the daily life of the city and its people. All meals will be taken with the families, or at local restaurants and hotels while on field trips.
Thursday, May 22: Departure from USA to Chile
May: Arrive in Santiago, transfer to hotel, tour of city
May: Travel to Valparaíso, homestay begins
May: Classes at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV)
TBA: Excursion to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Friday, July 4, 2014: Departure from Argentina to USA