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  • Locations: Valparaiso, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: PBA applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Workship Credit Eligible: Yes Chapel Credit Eligible: No
Sending Department: Center for Experiential Learning When: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: Must have completed 70 credits
Number of Credits: 12-18 Program Advisor: CEL advisor
Shots Recommended: Check with the CDC before travel, Hepatitis A, Routine Vaccines (see note), Typhoid Eligible Majors: All
Projected Cost: $15,495 - $27,545 Housing Options: Homestay
Areas of Study: Business, History, Spanish Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:

Find the Valparaiso, Chile course listings here. 

About the Program

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Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile 
"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." — John Stott Additional one-week mission trip to Rancagua, Chile
When most students are heading back to their home country, you and your other Veritas friends will go to Rancagua, Chile to partner with a local church to help with outreach and service ministries for an unforgetable week. This will be a great way to end your study abroad experience as you minister in your adopted country.  The mission trip to Rancagua will be offered during Summer 1 ONLY and not Summer 2. 

In the last 100 years evangelical numbers have grown in Latin America changing it from a mission field to a mission force.  An increasing number of Chileans are now traveling as missionaries to areas that were previously un-reached.  Chileans and other Latin American Christians recognize their unique cultural suitability to go into “creative access” nations with the gospel message.                          

Valparaíso is the city of 42 hills.  Each of these hills upon which the city is built is a community in itself. Valparaiso and Vina del Mar offer unique opportunities to serve a community and demonstrate God’s love.  The beauty of studying abroad in Chile coupled with the opportunities to serve together with local believers makes this a great place to live your mission.

Students participating in the Veritas in Valparaíso, Chile program will attend the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). PUCV is recognized by the National Education Council of Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Education and was ranked 29th in Latin America in the 2014 QS Latin American University Rankings. 

Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language Requirement:
  • Semester programs are open to all language levels. 
  • Summer programs are only open to students with Intermediate to Advanced language profiency. (Three semesters of college Spanish)
Program Highlights
  • Courses in English
  • Courses with Locals
  • Intensive Language Terms
  • Gap Programs – post high school study for credit
Academic Overview
For semester programs, students will take one Veritas program course and three-four other courses from the Pontificía Católica Universidad de Valparaíso (PUCV). Beginning-level Spanish language students must take one Spanish language course at the PUCV.

For summer programs, students will take the Veritas International Missions/ Service-Learning Practicum and another course taught in Spanish from the Pontificía Católica Universidad de Valparaíso.There are two summer programs, one from May 9th to June 17th and another from June 13th to July 22nd.

There are two summer programs, one from May 9th to June 7th and another from June 13th to July 22nd. About the City

Valparaíso (pop. 284,000), and Viña del Mar (pop. 285,000) are sister cities located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and sixty-eight miles northwest of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views, Valparaíso was once home to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaíso also functions as the primary commercial harbor, naval base, and seat of political power for the country, which creates a unique and modern dynamic in a city with roots in the colonial past. Together, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar offer something for each visitor, including spectacular beaches, museums, and architecture.

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Veritas student with his host brother

All Veritas participants will live in homestays with Chiliean families.  Students will be provided with three meals per day (except on Veritas excursion days) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the Veritas program cost. Students usually share a bedroom with another Veritas student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.

Homestays provide a wonderful opportunity to learn the language and the culture while you are studying abroad. You will build lasting relationships with your host family and return home filled with fond memories of your time abroad.

Mission Work

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Veritas students join with a local church in Valpo on a retreat weekend.

While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Students will grow in their faith as they learn about missions by building relationships and serving others alongside the Mission Mentor and local missionaries. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational.

The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions and earn college credit. The reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research will enhance and help students internalize their experience .

*For Spring, Summer I, and Fall programs only
When most people are heading back to their home country you and your other Veritas friends will go to Rancagua, Chile and partner with a local church to help with their outreach and service ministries for an unforgetable week.  This will be a great way to end your study abroad experience as you minister in your adopted country.  There is no better way to end an already incredible experience! Please note that while there are two summer sessions, the mission trip to Rancagua will be offered during Summer 1 only.

Ministry opportunities may include:
Campus Outreach Refugee Ministry Social Justice Ministry
Children's Ministry English Clubs Homeless Ministry
Orphanage Ministry Elder Care Prayer & Intercession
Special Needs Worship & Bible Studies Sports Camps

Culture Corner

What are Valparaíso and Viña del Mar like?
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The Beauty of Viña del Mar

Valparaíso, located 68 miles northwest of Santiago, is Chile's primary commercial harbor. The city gives both entrance and exit to the increasing international exchange of commodities and business activities. As both location of the legislative power and capital city of the Valparaiso Region of Chile, a national political division, this city contains the home offices of many of the main agencies that make up the organization of the Chilean nation, such as the Intendencia Regional, the top local authority, the Gobernación Regional, the Consejo de Desarrollo Regional, the Secretarías Ministeriales Regionales and all other main divisions of the government services. You can also find the Chilean Navy headquarters in Valparaíso.

With a population of roughly 284,000 inhabitants, Valparaíso houses four traditional universities and many other relatively new private institutes.Valparaíso, known by locals as just Valpo, is a city with a very unique layout. Its architecture climbs up the sides of 48 hills which surround the bay and feature an impressive layout of streets, alleys and stairways. Its old-fashioned lifts, acensores, with their characteristic yellow and red colors, were built over 100 years ago and are still used today. They provide tourists and residents access to its picturesque hillside neighborhoods. The intricate alleys hide many architectural treasures such as colonial churches and beautiful miradores. The financial and commercial activity of the port city takes place in the beautiful old English-style buildings of "El Plan" in the lower part of the city.

Viña del Mar, where students may be living and/or attending classes, is a coastal town separated from Valparaíso by a single street, and it has roughly the same population as Valparaíso. Though physically close, the cities vary greatly in style. From the winding, chaotic streets of Valparaíso, the uniform, block-style streets of Viña may come as a surprise. The brightly-colored houses on the hillsides in Valparaíso make way for neutral-toned high-rise buildings in Viña. Built more recently than Valpo and with the purpose of promoting tourism, Viña is a social and commercial hub, boasting some of the most popular beaches in the region!Your experience with ISA in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar will give you the opportunity to experience the Chilean culture, form friendships with Chileans, and expand your understanding of the country. These experiences are facilitated by Valparaíso's relative lack of tourists, and the preservation of its culture and its architecture. It's up to you to take advantage of all that Chile and ISA offer, and broaden your cultural horizons!

Region and Population
Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are located in central Chile, halfway down the Pacific coast. The region acts as a meeting point between the foothills of the Andes mountains and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean. With a total population of 564,000 these sister cities are full of life and culture.

Time Zones:
*From October to April the time zone is 2 hours later than Eastern Standard time.
*For the rest of the year the time zone is the same as Eastern Standard time.

Chile's climate makes a steady transition between the extreme arid heat of the desert north to the bitterly cold and wet conditions of the far south. The central region is generally mild and temperate, especially on the coast, where temperatures range from 40°F to 70°F. Remember that the seasons are backwards from what you are used to in the United States! July and August are the coldest months, while the warmest months are from November to February. The rainiest months are from late April to early October. The rest of the year (October to April) is quite comfortable when the days are almost always beautiful, although January can be quite hot. Layering clothing is crucial, as temperature can vary greatly, even over the course of one day. For example, sunny winter days can heat up somewhat in the afternoons, and hot summer days can be rather cool at night.

Houses/apartments in Chile have space heaters instead of central heating, so pack accordingly! Keep in mind that winters (May through August) are quite cold, so be sure to bring a jacket and warm clothes. You should be prepared for just about everything, especially if you plan to travel to the extreme northern or southern parts of the country or to places of high altitude.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/14/2018 09/21/2018 02/13/2019 06/30/2019