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CIEE Valparaiso Language in Context

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring


Valparaiso, Chile




GPA 2.75, 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.

Academic Program

This semester program is for students at beginning and intermediate Spanish language. It is designed to develop an insight into Chile and Latin America through cultural immersion and coursework of intensive Spanish language and history, literature, economics, or international relations classes taught in English. Program goals are achieved through a combination of coursework, cultural activities and excursions, family home stay, and options to volunteer with NGOs, schools, and other educational institutions.

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.

Students enroll in a 10 sh intensive Spanish language class at Beginning or Intermediate level. In addition they select one or two courses about Chile, taught in English in the Pontificia Universidad Católica’s program for international students.

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 study abroad for a year are encouraged to consider beginning in spring for a calendar year mid-February – mid-December.

For More Information

Students are required to meet with the program adviser in the UI Study Abroad office before initiating an application. Program details are found at this CIEE webpage.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso

The Catholic University of Valparaiso is among the major regional universities in Chile, offering numerous undergraduate and post graduate degrees. The University has campuses in both Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, twin cities conveniently connected by mass transit. A significant presence of international students is none-the-less diluted in PUCV’s student body of 15,000.

Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

This extended urban area is located on the Pacific coast, with two-hour easy access by bus to Santiago. Valparaiso is a port city where the Chilean Congress and the university are found, as well as a more active night life. Stairs and funiculars connect the slopes of the city with the downtown area. The old and the new, the real and the bohemian coexist harmoniously. Viña del Mar is a modern resort and residential city with shops, beaches and recreational facilities. Home stays occur in both locations, with the majority in Viña del Mar.

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 experience. Housing and three meals a day are included in the program fee. 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.


Overall GPA 2.75, 0-4 semesters of college Spanish


The Program Fee is charged on the U Bill and covers tuition, housing, meals, group excursions, orientation and other support services, an iNext travel card that provides insurance and other travel benefits, and the UI administrative fee.

The semester fee Fall 2103 was $15,085 for students classified Resident, $16,680 for Nonresidents. Additional costs include round-trip airfare, books and supplies, visa fees, and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International CISI insurance is also collected on the U bill.

How To Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and early application is advisable.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to begin the UI application.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines are October 15 for the spring semester and March 15 for the fall and academic year programs.

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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