Study Abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile

Study Abroad in Vina del Mar: Courses

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Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

Optional Early Start Program (Fall Only): Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation

The fall semester Early Start Option is 2 weeks in length and carries 3 credits. Please see Spanish language courses below for levels.

All students are required to take a Spanish language course. Level is determined by a placement test after arrival in Chile.

Spanish Courses

Spanish 101 (4) | Basic Spanish Grammar

Students increase their skills in reading, and writing at a basic level, and continue learning about the geography, history and culture of the Hispanic-speaking world. At the end of this course students will be able to: express themselves in written form; identify and explain customs of the Hispanic American world, and appreciate the cultural and social diversity of a Latin American country.

Spanish 102 (4) | Basic Spanish Conversation

Students increase their skills in speaking, listening, reading at a basic level, and continue learning about the geography, history and culture of the Hispanic-speaking world. At the end of this course students will be able to: communicate orally in Spanish in everyday situations; identify and explain customs of the Hispanic American world, and appreciate the cultural and social diversity of a Latin American country.

Spanish 201 (3) | Intermediate Spanish Grammar

This course will expand the acquisition of vocabulary, writing, and reading comprehension. The main goals of this course are to improve organization and presentation of ideas through knowledge of the language’s grammar; to expand the vocabulary: to understand the meaning of words within and outside the context of readings.

Spanish 202 (3) | Intermediate Spanish Conversation

This course will expand the acquisition of vocabulary, reading and oral comprehension. The main goals of this course are to improve organization and presentation of ideas through knowledge of the language’s grammar; to expand the vocabulary: to understand the meaning of words within and outside the context of readings, and to improve oral communication.

Spanish 204 (3) | Spanish Phonetics

A practical and theoretical course focusing on oral reproduction of the Spanish language, starting with the linguistic base of the native language of the user, comparing both phonetic and phonological systems with the means of eliminating the interferences of the native language in the reproduction of the second language.

Spanish 301 (3) | Advanced Spanish: Chilean Culture

Students will broaden their vocabulary and practice spoken Spanish to express themselves in a fluent and coherent manner. Students will work on a project where they will analyze the political and socio-cultural situation of Chile.

Spanish 303 (3) | Advanced Spanish: Business

Encourages students to improve their language skills by reading original texts in Spanish and listening to more complex passages and/or conversations, all focused in the Business area. Students will also broaden their vocabulary and practice spoken Spanish in order to express themselves in a fluent and coherent manner.

Literature 303 (3) | Introduction to Literary Genres

Students discuss texts in Spanish from the four main literary genres: narrative, poetry, essay and theater. Both peninsular (from Spain) and Latin American texts will be studied. The course will be strictly in Spanish: all readings, class discussions, tests and papers.

Spanish Language with Business in Latin America (International Program)

Choose up to 4 electives.

Spanish Courses

Business 301 (3) | International Business: Doing Business in Latin America

Chile is considered a gateway to Latin America’s biggest economies Brazil and Mexico because of its political-economic security. Students will examine socio-cultural issues; economic, political and legal environment, and strategic considerations for doing business in Latin America.

Business 303 (3) | Strategic Leadership

Introduces students to a leadership model that provides tools to help face demanding situations. Students will become conscious of the world in which they live, with capacity to analyze and diagnose problems in order to strategically take part in their work environment.

Business 304 (3) | Sustainable Business in Latin America

Studies strategies for sustainable business, in anticipation of the new global challenges and changes that organizations face. We will understand the issue of sustainability, the social approach, environmental challenges and their relationship to the economic development of the markets. At the same time we will review the key factors to approach this challenge in business and the importance of sustainability policies.

Economics 301 (3) | Economic Development in Latin America: Milestones and Crises

Provides students with detailed knowledge of Latin American history through the study of its economic development, milestones and crises. It includes case studies of specific situations in countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Students will develop a thorough knowledge of key historical issues, trends and events, as well as key concepts and theories of economic history.

Marketing 335 (3) | Marketing Trends and Strategies in Latin America

Companies survive and grow by satisfying the needs of consumers. Understanding cultural changes, rapidly evolving technology and the marketing process enables companies to define adequate marketing strategies to develop profitable businesses with long term sustainability.

Spanish Language with Latin America and Chile Studies (International Program)

Film 301 (3) | Latin America on Film

Through cinema, cross-cultural issues can be observed; consequently, the course’s approach will have a multicultural nature: including films by artists from Chile, Germany and the United States. This multicultural view highlights the unique richness present only in Latin America.

History/Sociology 302 (3) | Chile and Human Rights

This course examines the complex process of political development that Chile faced after its independence and how society gradually became highly rigid, to the point of conflict. Through a critical Human Rights lens, students will review the Unidad Popular, the Coup d’etat of September 1973, the development of the military government, and finally the “Transition” into Chile’s first democratic government.

History/Sociology 303 (3) | Latin American Culture and Identity

Aims to show aspects of Latin American culture related to essential ideas including the “Latin American issue” as a historical process. Students will analyze the foreign perceptions and historical interpretations of cultural exchange that the continent has experienced.

History/Political Science 305 (3) | Capitalism, Communism and Socialism in Latin America

Communism and socialism arose as a product of economic inequality and the strong ideology of a group of intellectuals. Students examine how organized movements of the extreme left in Latin America still vindicate armed warfare, and have moved away from doctrinal roots to be linked today to terrorism and drug trafficking.

History 307 (3) | Latin America in the Age of Globalization

Latin American contemporary history relating to the ideological paradigms of the Cold War period is reviewed and different approaches that have tainted the relationship between Latin America and globalization since the late 1980s and the end of the Cold War.

Courses Taught in Spanish (Fall Semester Only)

Students wishing to take courses in Spanish must place into an advanced level of Spanish.

Art 309 (3) | Latin-American Art and Identity / Arte e Identidad Latinoamericana

Chilean and Latin American identity is explored through the history of art and the mind. Students are given tools to value and comprehend similarities and differences of cultural identity in Latin America from a cultural and artistic perspective.

History 346 (3) | Contemporary History of Chile / Historia de Chile contemporáneo

Examines the political system in Chile during the 1920s and 1930s. Attention is paid to the “dirigisme” that was in the social and economic area, and also the so called “concert of sector interests”. Finally, the course will cover the crisis of the 1970s and the process of institutionalization and modernization that the military government initiated under the idea of protected democracy.

Spanish Language and Courses with Local Students Program (Pregrado Program)

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish 341 (3) | Advanced Business Spanish / Español Avanzado: Negocios

The importance of Spanish in the globalized world is increasing. The objective of Business Spanish course is to ensure the student develops the intercultural and linguistic competencies and skills required to interact effectively in the Spanish-speaking business world.

Spanish 350 (3) | Spanish Phonetics / Fonética del Idioma Español

A theoretical and practical course that focuses on developing the necessary linguistic competencies for oral production of the Spanish language in its standard forms for the different regions of the Spanish-speaking world. Students will use their first language of English as a foundation with the aim of eliminating interference of the student’s first language in their production of the second language.

Spanish 355 (3) | Advanced Grammar / Gramática Avanzada

There will be an emphasis on improving oral fluency and vocabulary. Students will examine the current political, and social situations of various parts of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish 360 (3) | Introduction to Literary Genres / Introducción a los Géneros Literarios

Students will discuss Spanish and Latin American texts in Spanish from the four principal literary genres: narratives, poetry, essays and theater. All readings, class discussions, quizzes and essay will be strictly in Spanish.

Course Taught in Spanish with Local Students

Students can select certain courses from the main UAI course offerings. Below is a selection of just a few of the courses that have been available to students in the past. Prerequisites may apply. Contact your AIFS Admissions Officer for a full course list and course descriptions.


Economics 225 (3)
International Economics (Economía Internacional)

Marketing 301 (3)
Marketing I (Marketing I)


Science 101/ING 101 (3)
Science I (Ciencias I)

Engineering 107/ING 107 (3)
Technological Innovation Workshop (Taller Innovación Tecnológica)


History 111 (3)
History of Chile (Historia de Chile)

History/International Relations/Politics 303/GOB 303 (3)
International Relations (Relaciones Interncionales)


Communications/Journalism 220/PER 220 (3)
Reporting and Interviewing (Reportajes y Entrevistas)

Journalism/Writing 130/PER 130 (3)
Audiovisual Script (Guíon Audiovisual)

Journalism/Writing 211/PER 211 (3)
Non-Fiction Narration (Narración de no ficción)


Law 290/DER 290 (3)
International Public Law (Derecho Internacional Público)

Law 360/DER 360 (3)
Business Law (Derecho del Trabajo)


Literature 100/LITR 100 (3)
Literature (Literatura)


Math 103/EST 103 (3)
Statistics I (Estadística I)


PSY 106 (3)
Developmental Psychology (Psicología del Desarrollo)

PSY 117 (3)
Psychology of the Personality (Psicología de la Personalidad)