Spanish Language and Latin American Studies Program: API students studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) have the option of taking Spanish language courses at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels with other visiting international students. Students also complete elective coursework in English or Spanish. Students who place into the advanced level of Spanish on the PUCV placement test are welcome to take coursework with local Chilean students in lieu of some elective courses. Courses with Chilean students will end later than courses with international students, and will require an extra fee for extended housing. Students selecting the early-start option arrive 5-6 weeks prior to the start of the standard university semester and complete a 90-contact hour Spanish course to improve their Spanish skills. Chilean Culture and Spanish Language Summer Program: Students who choose to study abroad in Valparaíso in API’s Chilean Culture and Spanish Language Program have the opportunity to complete 6 semester credits of language and culture coursework. Beginning and intermediate-level Spanish speakers will complete a Spanish grammar course along with a conversation and culture course. Advanced Spanish speakers may choose to complete a grammar course along with an elective course or simply select two elective courses. All courses are available only to visiting international students and are taught in Spanish. All courses are equivalent to three semester credits. HIGHLIGHTS The history of the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso began in 1924, though its doors did not open to the Chilean community until 1928. The fourth university to be established in Chile, it is recognized as the leading university in the region of Valparaíso and attracts Chilean students with top scores on the national university entrance exam. It enrolls approximately 14,000 students and has 100 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Housing its academic departments throughout the picturesque city of Valparaíso, students will enjoy the urban landscape and the opportunity to attend a university that is integrated into city life. Visiting students enjoy taking Spanish courses at all levels, as well as Chilean culture courses. Advanced Spanish speakers are encouraged to take coursework with Chilean students.
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