Spanish Language, Business and Culture in English & Spanish

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Chile

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Spanish Language, Business and Culture in English & Spanish

  • 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

    Spring 3 2024

  • Program Dates

    Feb 21, 2024 - Jul 14, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Nov 01, 2023

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Nov 15, 2023

  • Credit

    180 - 269 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 Spanish language or give you an opportunity to enroll in English courses in the AACSB-accredited business school, this program allows you to experience a typical and fully immersive semester abroad. You can choose from a variety of courses taught in Spanish and English with international and/or local students. For students at the advanced Spanish proficiency level or higher, you can also choose from a wide range of courses taught in Spanish with local students. For students at the beginning or intermediate language levels, you can enroll in Spanish language courses hosted by the International Programs Office at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Please note that no Spanish language experience is required, and students can enroll in courses taught entirely in English.

All courses are taught at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez by local university professors. You will take classes alongside other international and local students.

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.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.


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 - 269

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 17

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 26

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students must enroll in 180 - 269 contact hours during their semester abroad. This program is open to students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced Spanish proficiency level.

  • 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. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

  • It is recommended that students who have not completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent elect to take a language course through 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
International Students
Basic Spanish A1
SPAN 121
67 Contact Hours
Basic Spanish A2
SPAN 111
67 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
3 Contact Hours
Advanced Grammar
SPAN 355
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
Taught In English
Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Michelle McRaney

Program Manager, Chile


Lorna Arredondo

Student Services, Chile

Lizette Arredondo Castillo

Director of ISA Chile Programs, Chile

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


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.

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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