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 boasts the fastest growing economy, highest Human Development Index (HDI), highest literacy rate, and transparent government. Yet it is also enriched by the indigenous, Iberian, and other influences. Situated between the gorgeous Andes mountain ranges and the blue Pacific Ocean, Chile is the Switzerland of the Western Hemisphere.


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: Chilean Folklore
    This course will explore the Folklore of Chile. Drawing on the work of Margo Loyola and Violeta Parra, we will explore how Chilean dance, music and popular traditions have shaped the construction of a collective memory and national identity in the last 60 years. 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.


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


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.



Program Costs

2018 Program Fee: $7,150

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.

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

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Learn more about Latin American Studies here and Spanish here!

Program Snapshot

  • Program Duration: 6-weeks
  • Credits: 6
  • Dates: May 24-July 3, 2018
  • 2018 Program Fee: $7,150
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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
Phone: (610) 519-4723

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