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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: CUA, Faculty-Led, Summer Institute Areas of Study: History, Spanish
Language of Instruction: Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Minimum GPA: 2.3 Internship Available: No
Program Advisor: Grace Schneider On-Site Language Course Required: No
Credits: 6 Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
Academic Level: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior
Program Description:

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Hispanic Studies Summer Institute


Come explore the language and culture of Chile. Your journey begins in Valparaíso, a city on the sea, and includes excursions to Santiago and Isla Negra.  The country and its people act as a living classroom where no matter your level of Spanish, you will find yourself enriched by the language and vibrancy all around you.

Cultural Immersion

Students at all levels experience the excitement of being immersed in Chilean culture. Accommodations are with a Chilean family, thus allowing you to "live like a local" and enjoy home-cooked meals on a daily basis. Classes are conducted at the Pontifical University of Chile Valparaiso, where you are immersed in the campus culture and are introduced to other university students. At the same time, your courses are intended specifically for study abroad students, with the goal of more fully introducing you to Chilean culture.


Students on this program enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits. For language credit, students should select the appropriate pair of courses at their level:
  1. Equivalent to CUA's SPAN 112:
  2. Equivalent to CUA's SPAN 113:
  3. Equivalent to CUA's SPAN 203-204:
Alternatively, students who have already completed SPAN 204 may select two area studies courses taught in Spanish. These may transfer back to Catholic University as 300-level language electives, or as an elective in the appropriate department (for example, History or English/Literature). All course equivalencies are confirmed by the Transfer Credit Coordinator during the application process. Area studies courses course offerings can be viewed here.

Accommodation & Meals

In order to make the most of a summer abroad, the program has arranged for each participant to have a host family. This allows students to practice their Spanish in a low-key, natural setting every day, as well as immerse themselves in Chilean culture. Host families provide students with three meals a day, which encourages both impromptu conversation and lessons in Chilean cuisine. Rooms are singles and have wireless internet. Accommodations include one load of laundry per week.

See estimated program budget for additional inclusions.


Catholic University Spanish majors and students in related minor or certificate programs may also be interested in applying for Modern Language Summer Study Stipend.

By Carolina Olmedo Carrasco

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/21/2018 06/23/2018
NOTE: A second session is also available from June 25 - July 28.
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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