Study Abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile

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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.

Spanish Courses

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

Spanish 201/SPAN 221 (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/SPAN 211 (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 302/SPAN 355 (3)
Advanced Spanish Grammar

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 303/SPAN 341 (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.

Courses Taught in English

Choose up to 4 electives.

Spanish Language with Business in Latin America (International Program)

Business 301/MGT 335 (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 333/MGT 333 (3)
Starting Up in Latin America
“Starting Up in Latin America: Do you have what it takes?” aims to develop the mindset, tools and skills required to understand complex challenges in this region, craft innovative solutions, and create startup business models that can stand in the real world. We want you to experience the process that most entrepreneurs face in Latin America when creating their own startups, with an emphasis on the opportunities that the public and private sectors offer to support them through this exciting journey.

Marketing 334/MKT 334 (3)
Contemporary Latin American Marketing Strategies

This course will give an extensive insight to the students about the global dynamics of marketing strategies and its importance. It has been designed with corporate case studies for each section/topic which will help the nominees’ gain comprehensive understanding about the subject in real life scenario. It provides a practical overview of the key elements of international marketing and issues faced when entering and operating in foreign markets. Student’s gain command on major theoretical and conceptual topics of International Marketing strategies and its implications. Also, it will help students to understand marketing environment in Latin America.

Marketing 335/MKT 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)

History/Sociology 302/LAS 360 (3)
Human Rights in Chile: A Historical Perspective
This course will first work its way through the complex process of nation and state building that Chile faced after its Independence on the early XIX Century, and how its society became gradually highly rigid, to the point that its reform processes regularly erupted into conflict. In that sense, we will build the basis to analyze the Chilean political and social process that developed through the first half of the XX Century into the first elected Socialist-Marxist government of Chile and the first in the world elected democratically.

History/Sociology 303/HIS 315 (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.

Politics 349/LAS 349 (3)
Ideologies and Political Thinking in Modern Latin America

This course delves into the complex history of Latin America in 19th and 20th centuries through the study of the role of ideologies and political thinking in the nation-state building process. Students will gain a grasp of the complex dynamics of political development in Latin America, which has been characterized by the interplay between foreign ideologies and local political traditions. Starting from the independence process, this course examines the formation of local political traditions such as caudillismo and indigenismo and the adoption and adaptation of ideologies such as Liberalism, Nationalism, Marxism, Anarquism and Fascism. A major focus will be on the processes by which these traditions and ideologies were confronted and contested, such as revolutionary movements, dictatorships and democratic regimes.

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)
Arte e Identidad Latinoamericana/Latin-American Art and Identity
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)
Historia de Chile Contemporáneo/Contemporary History of Chile
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 341 (3)
Español Avanzado: Negocios/Advanced Business Spanish
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)
Fonética del Idioma Español/Spanish Phonetics
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)
Gramática Avanzada/Advanced Grammar
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)
Introducción a los Géneros Literarios/Introduction to Literary Genres
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)
Economía Internacional International Economics


Marketing I (3)
Marketing I


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

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


History 111 (3)
Historia de Chile
History of Chile

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


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

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

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


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

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


Literature 100/LITR 100 (3)


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


PSY 106 (3)
Psicología del Desarrollo 
Developmental Psychology

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

Certificate in Latin American Studies

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez offers a Certificate in Latin-American Studies to those students who meet the following requirements:

The students must pass a minimum number of 12 UAI credits:

  • 9 of the 12 credits have to belong to courses related to Latin America.
  • The remaining 3 credits can be either from courses about Latin America or Spanish classes.

In order to have a certificate specialized with a major:

  • 9 of the 12 credits have to belong to courses specifically related to the major (History and Culture or Business).
  • The remaining 3 credits can be either from courses about Latin America or Spanish classes.

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