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We invite you to spend your summer with API in beautiful Valparaíso, Chile! This program offers advanced level Spanish speakers the opportunity to complete a business internship with a local organization in addition to coursework at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV).

Enhance your resume, improve your language skills, expand your understanding of the Chilean economy and business culture, experience life in this UNESCO World Heritage city known as "The Jewel of the Pacific," and explore all Chile has to offer!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Advanced level of Spanish language proficiency
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • CV or resume
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May 20, 2023 - Jun 24, 2023 $5,900 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023
Summer 2 Jun 25, 2023 - Jul 29, 2023 $5,900 Apr 15, 2023 No Extension May 15, 2023

*Please note this program is suspended for the Summer 2022 session.

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Valparaiso programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Santiago and visit to Memorial Museum

    Housing more than one third of the total Chilean population, Santiago defines Chile for many visitors. It is a thriving metropolis with a wealth of museums, restaurants and other cultural activities. Surrounded by mountains, the city’s cleanliness and order enthrall visitors. With its mixture of architecture reminiscent of both Europe and the United States, visitors from around the world feel comfortable in this most modern of Chilean cities.

  • Aromatics Farm

    Be prepared for a sensory delight! API students will enjoy visiting an organic farm that produces oils used for aromatherapy. Students will participate in a hands-on demonstration of how the oils are produced, starting with a tour of the gardens where the herbs are grown to the packaging of the final product.

  • Vineyard

    Chile is widely recognized for the quality of its wines, especially Carmenere, a variety of grape that was once close to extinction due to a plague in France. Students have the opportunity to learn more about Chilean wine and its roots dating back to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

  • Santiago Human Rights Tour

    This walking tour highlights part of recent history and culture, and students will visit points of interest in the center of Santiago, to include the Museum to Memory and Human Rights.

  • Natural Monument Island of Cachagua

    This excursion begins with a beautiful ride along the coast, while traveling to the Natural Monument Island of Cachagua, also called Island of the Penguins, one of the five most important nesting sites of the Humboldt penguin. Hopefully the conditions will be just right for students to catch a glimpse of these incredible animals!

  • Parque Tricao

    Spanning more than 120 hectares, this park allows visitors to appreciate the conservation of the native forest of the central zone of Chile, as well as the recovery of wetlands and original fauna of the area. Students will discover the largest aviary in South America, home to beautiful exotic species.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 U.S. semester credits

Students who choose API’s Business Internship Program will complete a credit-bearing internship as well as one course at offers students the opportunity to complete a credit-bearing internship as well as coursework at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Students who wish to complete an additional academic course may do so if time permits for an additional fee.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso upon completion of their program.

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    Gabi Perches

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    Alejandra Rojas

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COURSE OFFERINGS

Students with an advanced Spanish level are eligible to complete a credit-bearing internship in the field of business. The program is designed for students interested in business administration, family, and small business management, marketing, tourism, and entrepreneurship. The internship represents a total of 90 work hours and students will complete a course alongside the internship to orient them to the economic and business environment of Chile.

Students may enroll in one additional course for an extra fee during the summer session, selecting from advanced language courses, an English-taught elective entitled Identity Issues in Contemporary Latin American History: An Intercultural Approach or one of the following options taught in Spanish:

  • Literatura Hispanoamericana Contemporaranea (Contemporary Hispanic American Literature)
  • Cine y Literatura Latinoamericana (Film and Latin American Literature)
  • Historia Sociopolítica de América Latina, siglos XX-XXI (Sociopolitical History of Latin America, 20th and 21st Centuries)

Students selecting this option and completing one course will pay an additional fee of US$250; those who select the internship and two courses will pay an additional fee of US$650.

CREDIT INFORMATION

API’s university partners in Chile operate according to the contact hour system; the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class with a professor. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, similarly, divide the Chilean contact hours in a given course by 15.

Courses at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Summer Business Internship for Advanced Spanish Speakers)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

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Courses at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Summer Business Internship for Advanced Spanish Speakers)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Highlights
  • Complete an international business internship 
  • Earn academic credit

Semester and summer students living in Valparaíso will live with local host families in either Valparaíso or nearby Viña del Mar. In Chile, API places one student per family, and all students have a private bedroom. Host families serve as a unique introduction to Chilean culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two to three meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week. Generally, if a student is at the university during the family’s lunch hour, the host mother will prepare a light meal for the student to bring to the university or lunch is saved for the student and eaten later.

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