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CIEE Valparaiso Language in Context

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year


Valparaiso, Chile




GPA 2.5, 0-4 semesters college Spanish or equivalent

Application Due:

10/1 for Spring, 3/1 for Fall

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

CIEE is offering free flights to Chile to students who participate in this program!

See the Logistics tab for more information.

This semester program is for students at beginning and intermediate Spanish language and is designed to take your Spanish language skills to the next level. Students immerse themselves in coursework across a wide range of academic areas at CIEE Valparaíso and their partner schools, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), and Universidad Aldofo Ibáñez (UAI). Courses are taught in English, but hose with advanced Spanish skills can enroll in courses taught in Spanish. This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of a consortium of which The University of Iowa is a member. Participants join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.

Academic Program

At the start of the program students will take a Spanish language placement exam to determine which classes are best suited to the students' needs. Students will have access to an extensive selection of electives in English, covering a variety of topics such as Chilean and Latin American history, culture and contemporary society. Students are required to enroll in six semester hours of Spanish language class at Beginning or Intermediate level. Beyond that students chose elective courses in English at one of the local universities. Students earn resident credit and typically earn between 14 sh and 18 sh in the semester.

Program Dates

Program dates are tied to the southern academic calendar. Fall semester runs mid-July to mid-December. Spring semester runs mid-February to mid-July. Students contemplating studying abroad for a year are encouraged to consider beginning in spring for a calendar year mid-February – mid-December.

For More Information

Before initiating an application with CIEE students are required to meet with the Study Abroad Advisor for this program, Kristine Djerf. Please contact the Study Abroad office by stopping by 1111 University Capitol Centre, or calling 319-335-0353, to schedule an appointment. More program details can be found at CIEE Valparaiso Language in Context webpage.

Local Universities

  • Pontificia Universidadad Católica de Valparaiso (PUC) - PUC is ranked among the top five universities in Chile, and has campuses in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar
  • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) - is recognized as one of Latin America's best universities for its scientific and technological excellence.
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) - was founded in 1953 as the first business school in Chile and in Latin America and is AACSB'accredited.


Valparaíso looks like a giant amphitheater, settled into steep hills and flat lands that meet the Pacific Ocean. Zoom in and it's a bohemian riot of colorful architecture, diversity, and quirkiness. While Chile's port city is an international hot spot for big shipping, its sister city, Viña del Mar, is a modern resort center with beaches, shops and residential areas.


Chile narrowly stretches along the western coast of South America. It is affectionately known as the “country of poets” or “pais del poetas.” Chileans are known for being very warm and friendly people. It is a unique and beautiful country with a rich and vibrant culture!

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

CIEE Latin America Flight Voucher Program

All semester participants for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 are eligible for this program. The value of the voucher is $1000. This $1000 does not count towards scholarship/grant awarding caps. Students cannot also receive the GAIN or Open Campus travel voucher. Additional details:

  • Once the Confirmation of Participation is signed students will receive a unique voucher code to use with Student Universe
  • Must be an economy flight; any upgrades or insurance must be paid for by the student
  • It is a one time use for round-trip flights only

Living Arrangements

Housing with Chilean host families is considered an integral part of the program. Most families live in Viña del Mar's traditional neighborhood known as Recreo or in the hills known as Alegre and Concepción in Valparaíso. Homestays include Wi-Fi, a private room, laundry once a week, and two meals a day. Host families foster immersion by introducing students to relatives, neighbors and friends, as well as everyday Chilean routines and the unique new flavors of traditional dishes. Year students are responsible for their own housing and meals during breaks.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Valparaiso by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from CIEE.


Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Students who have an active case with the dean of students or who are on academic or disciplinary probation will not be accepted into the program. Students must have a UI and Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5


Students are charged a Program Fee on their Ubill. This charge covers tuition, housing, optional on-site airport pick-up, multi-day on-site orientation, cultural and/or co-curricular activities, excursions and/or study tours. In addition to the Program Fee, students are assessed a University of Iowa Study Abroad Administrative Fee . Also, on the Ubill will be the mandatory Iowa Regents International CISI insurance .
Other costs include but are not limited to, application fee, round trip airfare to the program site, passport and visa fees, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options. The Study Abroad office has several scholarship opportunities as well and more information can be found on UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities websites and Non-UI External Awards.

CIEE has several scholarships available to University of Iowa students. Please visit the CIEE Scholarship web site to find out more about their scholarships.

How to Apply

Before starting an application, students must meet with the study abroad advisor for Chile. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After meeting with your study abroad advisor, click the following application link to being the UI online application: Link to UI Study Abroad online application.

You will also need to apply on CIEE's website. Click the following application link to being the CIEE online application: Link to CIEE Study Abroad online application.

Application deadline

Fall/Academic Year: March 1

Spring: October 1


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to this program and the host country. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

Before Traveling

Students must complete certain documents and activities for the University of Iowa and CIEE before leaving for their study abroad experience and these include:

  1. Uploading a copy of the information page of their passport to their UI study abroad application.
  2. Completing and turning in a copy of their Credit Approval Form (CAF).
  3. Registering in MyUI for the appropriate study abroad course.
  4. Completing the ICON Course

CIEE Orientation

Students start their study abroad experience before leaving the United States with CIEE’s Online Pre-departure Orientation. Students and the Resident staff meet online to discuss information about the academic program and the city that students will soon be living in. Resident staff also highlight issues that program alumni have said are important and they give students time to ask questions. In addition to this orientation, students will have mandatory orientation sessions conducted in Valparaiso at the beginning of the program.

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1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343