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Study Abroad | Viña del Mar

Chile | Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez | Spring 2023
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Colorful buildings in Valparaíso, Chile.

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  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2023

Overview

Spend a semester or academic year in the premier beach town of Viña del Mar, Chile, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile’s first university to obtain the prestigious triple accreditation of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. Located up in the hills with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, the campus houses many modern amenities all within walking distance.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 16 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Spanish

  • Housing

    Homestay with a local family

  • Meals

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in the homestay

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Including Isla Negra, Pomaire, Chile’s capital city of Santiago, and Valparaíso

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | Viña del Mar International Program

Program is closed

Dates

February 20, 2023June 15, 2023

Term

Spring

Application Deadline

September 30, 2022

Inclusive Fees

$12,995

Stay for a year to save on cost

Eligibility

Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

All students are required to obtain a student visa before departure. Once you have been accepted into the program, AIFS will provide instructions on the visa process. Due to the time this takes, we advise you to apply and secure your place on the program early.

Areas of Interest

  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

Academics

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) was the first university in Chile to obtain the prestigious triple accreditation of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. While their business school is still thriving, UAI now also offers courses in many other disciplines, including Engineering, Humanities, Journalism, Law and Psychology. 

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. 

  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language

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

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. Students wishing to take courses with local students should consider the Pregrado Program (below). 

All students are recommended 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. 

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. 

 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 recommended 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 Program Manager for details.

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. Students wishing to take courses with local students should consider the Pregrado Program (below).

All students are encouraged to take a Spanish Language course, though it is not required. 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. Students   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.

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.

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 encouraged 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 Program Advisor for details.

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Living Abroad

Homestay

For many students this is the most rewarding part of the study abroad experience. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the Chilean culture, gain a unique insight into Chilean life and the local community and the best way to improve your Spanish.

  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Viña del Mar.

Geography

Viña del Mar, located on the central Pacific coastline of Chile, is known as the ‘Garden City’ for its palm tree lined boulevards and beautiful parks.


Culture

As Chile’s premier beach town, it is considered the ideal home for college students, combining the safety and charm of a small community town with the modern amenities and lively atmosphere of a city.

AIFS in Viña del Mar On-Campus Assistance, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS students are supported throughout the program by a team of staff in the UAI International Relations Office. The office organizes many activities and encourages students to integrate with the UAI community. UAI staff will always be available to help, making your experience in Chile the best one of your life!

In addition to excursions, a cultural calendar of activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of local staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Chilean life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Tour of Viña del Mar
  • Welcome breakfast
  • Visits to local museums
  • Trekking and other outdoor activities
  • UAI language exchange and buddy system with Chilean students
  • Sports at the university Sports Center including basketball, soccer, volleyball, aerobics and yoga
  • Farewell dinner

You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

One of the best ways for you to immerse yourself in another culture is by working in the local community. Students who meet the relevant criteria may be able to do service learning at education, community service or health institutions in the area around Viña del Mar. Placements are made after your arrival in Chile. For further information contact the AIFS Program Advisor.

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Viña del Mar and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Chile. 

Rocks on the coast of Isla Negra, Chile.

Isla Negra

Spend a day exploring the coastal and culturally rich town of Isla Negra on a guided sightseeing tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance free.

  • Chile
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Clay pots in Pomaire, Chile.

Pomaire

Discover charming Pomaire, famous for its thriving pottery industry, on a guided sightseeing tour. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance free.

  • Chile
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Buildings in Santiago.

Santiago

Guided sightseeing tours and visits to the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral of Santiago, the Museo Histórico and the Palacio de la Moneda. Bike tour near the Mapocho River to learn the history of the Spanish and Mapuche settlements. Includes round-trip transportation and lunch. 

  • Chile
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Colorful buildings in Valparaíso.

Valparaíso

Explore Valparaíso, a seaport town known for its unique bohemian and artistic flair. Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour and a ride on the city’s famous funiculars. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 

  • Chile
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Barcelona,Spain
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    September 30, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 24, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    February 19, 2023
  • Program Begins
    February 20, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 15, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 16, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City

Fee

  • Atlanta
    $1,980.00
  • Boston
    $1,360.00
  • Buffalo
    $1,980.00
  • Charlotte
    $2,060.00
  • Chicago
    $1,840.00
  • Cincinnati
    $2,120.00
  • Columbus
    $1,800.00
  • Dallas
    $1,900.00
  • Denver
    $1,540.00
  • Des Moines
    $1,920.00
  • Detroit
    $1,960.00
  • Houston
    $1,800.00
  • Los Angeles
    $1,500.00
  • Miami
    $1,480.00
  • Minneapolis
    $2,040.00
  • New York
    $1,460.00
  • Newark
    $1,460.00
  • Orlando
    $1,260.00
  • Philadelphia
    $1,860.00
  • Phoenix
    $2,060.00
  • Pittsburgh
    $1,960.00
  • Raleigh/Durham
    $1,960.00
  • San Francisco
    $1,500.00
  • Seattle
    $2,160.00
  • St. Louis
    $1,680.00
  • Washington/Dulles
    $1,420.00
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For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com