Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Chile

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Business and Culture in English & Courses with Locals

  • Location

    Valparaíso & Viña del Mar

  • Host University

    Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

    The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) is a private institution with a modern campus located in the Metropolitana region of Viña del Mar. ISA students at the UAI will take courses through the International Program’s Office, which offers courses in Spanish language, culture and civilization, and Business courses in English. Students who possess an advanced Spanish proficiency level are eligible to enroll in courses with local Chileans in a variety of subjects.

    The UAI was bestowed a "Triple Crown" award, which is in reason to its accreditation by the Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EuropeanQuality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBA's (AMBA). The UAI is in the 1% of Business Schools in the world who have received this title. The UAI also holds the Chilean National Commission of Accreditation (CNAP) which is recognized by the Chilean Ministry of Education (Mineduc) and Superior Education Council (Consejo Superior de Educación).

  • Term

    Fall 4 2022

  • Program Dates

    Jul 25, 2022 - Dec 14, 2022

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 15, 2022

  • Credit

    180 - 240 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

Designed to expand your knowledge of the Spanish language and granting you the opportunity to enroll in courses with local Chileans, this program allows you to experience a typical and fully immersive semester abroad. This program requires an advanced or higher Spanish proficiency level to which you can choose from a wide range of courses that fall under the host university's curriculum. Considering the host university is AACSB accredited, this is the perfect program if you're interested in any business related courses in Spanish. All courses are taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez by local university professors. Please note that should you not wish to enroll in at minimum one course with locals, you will be required to enroll in the Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language program.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: You may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting your two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Chile Site Specialist.

Service-Learning in Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in Valparaíso & Viña del Mar and for more information about how to receive academic credit.


Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (six quarters) of college-level Spanish


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours

180 - 240

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 16

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 24

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students must enroll in 180 - 240 contact hours during their semester abroad. This program is open to students at the advanced Spanish proficiency level. Students are required to enroll in at least one course with locals and three to four additional courses of their choice. Students have the option of taking any course offered with international students through the Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language program. However, in order to optimize the academic rigor of this program, ISA strongly recommends that students enroll primarily in courses with locals.

  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.

  • The courses listed below are only a sampling of what the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez offers. For a full list of course options, feel free to reference the Facultades page on the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez's website.

  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Chile Program Manager.

Course Credit

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students’ home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

  • Per the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, 45 contact hours is equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits / 4 quarter units. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on unique course codes provided by the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). Courses offered at the UAI are coded according to the area of study and the level of the course content, which is related to the year of study. The first 3 letters of the code indicate the area of study, while the first number in the following 3 digit numeral indicates the year of study. Courses taken in the 1st and 2nd year are recommended as lower division, while courses taken in the 3rd and 4th year are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Language Placement and Recommendation

  • Enrollment in Spanish courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.

  • Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Online Courses

  • ISA does not recommend that students sign up for online courses through their host university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.


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Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Courses Instructed in Spanish with Chilean Students
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ECO 100
45 Contact Hours
Finance I
FIN 301
45 Contact Hours
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60 Contact Hours
ECO 224
45 Contact Hours
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Marketing I
45 Contact Hours
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Science I
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Political Science
Business Law
60 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
LITR 100
45 Contact Hours
Statistics I
45 Contact Hours
Social Sciences
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language with International Students
Advanced Spanish Courses
45 Contact Hours
3 Contact Hours
Advanced Grammar
SPAN 355
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
Courses Instructed in English
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Michelle McRaney

Program Manager, Chile


Lorna Arredondo

Student Services, Chile

Lizette Arredondo Castillo

Director of ISA Chile Programs, Chile

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Chilean lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Chile. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically have your own bedroom but will likely have another ISA student of the same gender as a housemate.


While similar to a homestay, pensiones are larger homes that provide housing to multiple students, international and local students alike. This option includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once per week. This is a great option should you be seeking a more independent experience and would prefer to not live with a nuclear family.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.




A perfect introduction to ISA and Chile, you will begin your program on a three-night/four-day excursion in the capital city of Santiago. You will get to visit landmarks, such as La Moneda, Cerro Santa Lucía, the Plaza de Armas & Catedral de Santiago, and the Central Market & Los Domínicos.

Historical Tour in Santiago

You will return to the capital of Santiago to discover captivating details of Chile's history before, during, and after the Military Coup of 1973. You will take this opportunity to engage and learn about Chile's political trials that has left such an important mark in their overall identity. During this excursion you will visit the Cementerio General, Villa Grimaldi, and Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.

Playas del Norte

Horcón is a small fishing village just north of Viña del Mar and is often times considered an artisan's colony. On this day trip, you will find crafts of all types and also have the opportunity to sample delicious seafood empanadas. After an afternoon of treasure hunting, you will then have a chance to relax on the beautiful beaches of Zapallar.

Pucón * Optional

As a result of its natural beauty, Pucón is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts and a perfect place for peaceful relaxation. During this optional weekend excursion, ISA will coordinate fun activities and tour of this authentic city. You will have an abundance of activities to choose from, including river rafting, visiting a volcano, mountain biking, taking a dip in some hot springs, and much more.

Cultural Activities in Chile

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Valparaiso. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Valparaiso special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included historical tours, language exchanges with local students, tours of Neruda's Valparaiso home and the art museum, Mueso Fonck.


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