Study Abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile

Study Abroad in Viña del Mar: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art, business, economics, film, history, literature, management, marketing, political science, sociology, Spanish language

AIFS advises students to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish to ensure that they receive credit for the level that they test into after arrival in Chile.

Program Options

These two programs are designed for students who wish to begin or strengthen their Spanish language skills and gain a deeper understanding of business and culture in Latin America. Students can take courses with professors from the prestigious UAI triple accredited business school, from the humanities department with a focus on Latin American culture, or combine both. The courses have been designed especially for international students. Student wishing to take courses with local students should consider the Pregrado Program (below).

All students are required to take a Spanish Language course. Then take up to 4 elective courses in English or Spanish for a maximum of 16 credits. Most courses carry a recommended 3 credits. Classes are held Monday through Thursday. All students are required to take a Spanish placement test after arrival in Chile to determine their level. A small selection of electives taught in Spanish and aimed at international students is available in the fall only and students wishing to take these courses must place into an advanced level.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA

Students who have an Advanced level of Spanish can take courses at UAI with local students. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses from many different departments including business, engineering, history, journalism, psychology, law, literature, math and more. Students selecting this option will stay longer in Chile.

All students are required to take a Spanish placement test on arrival to determine their level. Students who test into an Advanced level will be able to select from the enhanced list of courses taught in Spanish with local students. Students are required to take a Spanish language course plus up to 4 elective courses in Spanish for a maximum course load of 16 credits. Most courses carry a recommended 3 credits. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Students can opt to take just one course with local students and the rest from the International Programs taught in English but to experience a true immersion program students are encouraged to take as many courses as possible with locals. The Chilean semester is longer than the International semester so students taking Pregrado courses may need to stay for additional weeks. Contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for details.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA

Give your Spanish skills a head start and earn an extra 3 credits by choosing the Early Start option. Students taking this option will arrive in Viña del Mar before the semester begins and take an intensive Spanish language course focusing on grammar, conversation and culture with class workshops and site visits in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Spanish courses from beginner through to advanced are available. The Optional Early Start Program gives you a good opportunity to improve your Spanish before the semester begins and increase your chances of getting into the programs which require a higher level of language competency. The course also gives you the opportunity to make a gradual adjustment to academic life and living in Chile.

*The fee includes housing in a homestay or apartment.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester 3 2.5 GPA

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI)

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI), a private institution with over half a century of tradition, has been systematic in pursuing its mission: to educate young adults so that they may contribute productively to society. It was the first university in Chile to obtain the prestigious triple accreditation of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. With a student population of over 6,000, UAI has played a leading role in the innovation of university education. In 1953, decades ahead of its time, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez founded the Valparaíso Business School; the first institution in Chile to provide professional education in the field of business administration. Now the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez offers courses in many other disciplines including Engineering, Humanities, Journalism, Law and Psychology.

Viña del Mar hosts UAI’s newest campus, housed up in the hills with a superb view of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful garden city of Viña. The campus has modern installations all within walking distance: classrooms and group study rooms with the latest technology; libraries; cafeterias and gym facilities.