Language, Culture, and Internship in Chile

Location: Valparaíso, Chile - Universidad Católica de Valparaíso 

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 15 - APPLY NOW

DON'T MISS THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO EARN VALUABLE SPANISH / LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR-MINOR CREDIT! 

Courses

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.

  • SPA 1131-1132 Spanish Conversation and Composition I & II
    Intensive practice in conversation and composition with emphasis on developing advanced Spanish language skills - 6 credits.

  • SPA 3045: Medieval Borders, Modern Lands
    The course will explore Medieval Concepts of the Spanish Bordeland, and how they helped shape the modern boundaries in Latin America. The course will include readings on Folk literature, Mexican Narcorridos and the Chilean Epic, La Araucana. 3 credits *SPA/LAS credit

  • SPA 2012 - El Siglo XX en la poesia de Pablo Neruda
    Look at various important events that marked the history in the 20th Century in Chile, America and Europe, through the poetry of oustanding Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. 3 credits - LAS Attribute

  • ECO 4200 -or- ECO 3108 Chilean Economic Development
    Why has Chile fared so well in its economic performance compared to the rest of the region? A critical look at the forces shaping business administration and the forces shaping the Chilean economic miracle - 3 credits - LAS Attribute
    *Students may choose to have Business Culture count towards one of the two designated ECO course numbers.

  • LAS 5000 Internship
    Exciting internship opportunities exist within business and education. Interview is required to determine Spanish proficiency. Internships are limited and students will interview for placements once they have arrived on-site in Valparaiso - 3 credits.
    Internship counts towards Latin American Studies major/minor/concentration credit -OR- Free Elective credit. It does not count toward the Spanish major or minor.

 

* Additional language instruction may be arranged to meet student needs



Additional Academic Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale; non-Villanova students must submit a recent official university transcript of their undergraduate work.
  • University student status without disciplinary or academic probation, and/or financial holds on VU account.
  • At least intermediate college-level Spanish language training prior to departure is required.
  • Attendance at all orientation sessions mandatory.

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.

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.

Excursions

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.

2018 Program Dates

May 23-July 3, 2018

Intinerary

May 23
Departure from USA

May 24
Arrive in Santiago, and transfer to hotel.

May 24-26
Program orientation in and around Santiago.

May 27
Travel to Valparaiso. Homestay begins.

May 28
Welcome and Tour at PUCV

May 31 - June 28
*** Clases at PUCV ***

July 3
Depart from Santiago, Chile.


July 3
Wednesday- Arrive in USA

 

Program Costs

Total: $6,665 - CONFIRMED 2017 FEE

For a breakdown of the expenses, click here

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.

Upon acceptance, student will have 2-weeks to submit a $450 non-refundable commitment fee. Program balance is invoiced directly to the VU student account during the first week of April, with final balance due May 1.
AFTER APRIL 1, ACCEPTED STUDENTS MUST PAY THE $450 COMMITMENT FEE UPON ACCEPTANCE. 

Students interested in financing should first review the OEA Scholarship page. Should there be a need to secure additional funding through loans, Villanova University students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance.

Students with a Federal Pell grant should consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship!

NOTICE: Villanova University reserves the right to modify or cancel the program if circumstances warrant.

Villanova University has the right to make cancellations, substitutions, or changes in case of emergency or changed conditions, or in the interest of the program.

Latin American Studies and Spanish at VU

Have you thought about studing Latin American Studies or Spanish?

Learn more about Latin American Studies here and Spanish here!

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 6-weeks
  • Credits: 6
  • Dates: May 23-July 3, 2018
  • Program Fee: $6,665 (2018 Fee to be announced soon!)
  • Apply Now!

Faculty Coordinator

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Adriano Duque, Ph.D.

 

Associate Professor, Medieval Spanish Studies
St Augustine Ctr Rm 349
Romance Languages & Literature
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Email: adriano.duque@villanova.edu
Phone: (610) 519-4723

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