“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
SPRING : November 1
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Situated between the mountains and the sea, Valparaíso's cobbled streets and Victorian houses provide a unique setting to examine the economic and psychological factors that create Latin American politics. The city is famous for its charm and picture-perfect views, not to mention the passionate and edgy art scene and politically active student body. An optional internship complements your studies.
Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Chilean Universities Program, Valparaíso is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.
We offer semester and full year study on the Chilean Universities Program in beautiful Valparaíso. CUP Valparaíso allows you to enroll in classes at two different universities (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Universidad Santa María) alongside local students, and take 3 exclusive program classes with an optional internship. This coursework, taught in Spanish by local professors, is intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today.
IFSA program courses in Valparaíso:
Advanced Oral and Written Spanish (4 U.S. semester credit hours): This mandatory course is designed specifically for non-native Spanish speakers; placement is determined upon arrival in Chile.
Exploring Chile: Community and Culture (3 U.S. semester credit hours): IFSA's Exploring Community & Culture program (C&C) in Valparaíso is designed to strengthen your study abroad experience. It aims to help you get the most out of your time abroad by blending intercultural learning with an exploration of the local community and community groups and key topics in Chilean culture. The reflective exercises and discussions in C&C will help you process your cultural experiences in Chile.
Sociopolitical History of Latin America, XX and XXI Centuries (3 U.S. semester credit hours): This course aims to give students an understanding of how the political system that is seen indiscriminately in Latin American countries corresponds to a socio-economic and psychological structure that makes political stability difficult.
Chilean Society and Community Action (3 U.S. semester credit hours): Students are eligible to participate in an internship that includes a field experience and related class taught at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Each participant must complete 48 hours of internship work as well as attend weekly sessions with the course professor throughout the semester.
To complete your courseload, you will select courses with locals at one of our partner universities. Keep in mind that these listings are provisional.
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso:
Click here to view available syllabi online. Review each syllabus to verify if the class is offered in semester 1 (spring) or semester 2 (fall). Please note that PUCV is uploading syllabi as they obtain them, so not all courses are listed. Contact your program advisor to obtain syllabi that aren't posted on the website.
- Click here to access links to course listings in each of PUCV’s available departments.
- If you do not see a plan de studio, look for a link for programa, malla curricular, or carrera and click on it to see a list of courses that may be available in that specific area of study.
Universidad Santa María:
- Click here to access USM's online course catalog.
- Select "Main Campus" and then "Estudios Humanísticos" from the drop down menues.
- There you will find a list of courses that may be offered divided by odd and even semesters. You can find the course descriptions by clicking on the symbol that looks like a document and says "course description."
If a particular course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for more information. Course availability changes every semester.
Language requirement: Five semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent required
Students cannot take classes in the following departments at the following schools:
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso: Architecture, music (only some courses available), law (only some courses available) and engineering (other than commercial engineering, not recommended due to difficulty).
Universidad Santa María: All IFSA students can take courses in the Humanities Department. Depending on academic major and prior coursework, students are allowed to take courses in science and engineering fields upon USM department approval.
Students may participate in a community-based internship which places them with a local non-profit organization dedicated to one or more of the following areas: arts, recreation, environmental education, mental health, community outreach, etc. Some of the organizations where past IFSA students have completed internships are:
- NODO Valpo offers artistic and cultural workshops and events, as well as community outreach and collaboration with local communities and schools, on artistic and heritage preservation projects. IFSA interns work on NODO's social networking team and/or assist with event production.
- ALIMAPU PSICOAMBIENTE works with Valparaíso schools and neighborhood groups on environmental education projects and sustainable community development. IFSA interns assist with projects involving water re-utilization, recycling, community gardens, and outreach efforts.
- OCR CASA CLUB promotes the community inclusion and psychosocial rehabilitation of adults with mental health diagnosis in Valparaíso’s Playa Ancha neighborhood. IFSA interns assist professionals with arts and recreational workshops and public outreach to destigmatize this population.
- MINGA VALPO offers arts and recreation workshops to neighborhood children in its sustainably-built Ludoteca in Cerro Merced, one of 7 Valparaíso hills affected by a 2014 mega-fire. IFSA interns assist with arts, gardening and cooking workshops, and program development.
- VALPO SURF PROJECT provides surfing classes, conservation projects, and English classes to youth from low-resource communities in Valparaíso. IFSA interns assist with weekly surf group outings (no-previous surfing experience needed) and conservation projects.
This hands-on experience is an integral component of the 3-credit Chilean Society and Community Action course. Selected interns work for 50 hours during the semester (4 hours/week approx.) at their respective internship site and have class once a week with a university professor specialized in community development and public policy issues.
These classes are intended to enhance students' community experience by tying their internship to broader issues key to understanding Chilean society and the role of community organizations. The coursework includes written reports and oral presentations, all in Spanish, related to the internship. IFSA staff in Chile assist with internship placements, either with organizations which have received past IFSA students or, if possible, with organizations related to IFSA students' specific interests.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
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