The coastal city of Valparaíso, Chile, an important seaport, is built up into the mountains. Unique, colorful architecture and winding streets offer impressive views of the Pacific. Learn more about Valparaíso on the UNESCO World Heritage website.
The city is located one hour from the capital, Santiago, and just minutes from the beach resort city of Viña del Mar. The program includes a number of excursions to Santiago and other towns.
Students will take classes with other international students learning Spanish as a second language at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV).
Advanced Spanish students may have the opportunity to take courses in multiple disciplines with local Chilean students at the PUCV. All courses are taught by local Chilean faculty.
Learn more about courses and how they transfer back to Illinois State.
Students are encouraged to pursue service learning opportunities, which include volunteer work in schools or local community organizations.
International Studies Abroad (ISA) offices are located directly across the street from the main university building. ISA staff are on hand for student support:
This program is open to Spanish majors and minors, Spanish Education majors, or any student with intermediate-advanced level Spanish skills. Some courses may count toward requirements in Bilingual Education, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and/or General Education.
Prerequisite: SPA 116
Students who speak Spanish but have no university coursework in the language should contact the faculty director, Dr. Juliet Lynd.