Arcadia in Chile Semester Courses

In Valparaíso, students choose between two options, focusing on Service Learning or Spanish language and Chilean Culture.

Option 1 - Generation Citizen Service Learning

This track is open to students who speak advanced Spanish.

The core of this Arcadia in Chile semester is a 6-credit service-learning course that offers a unique integration in the community of Valparaíso. Students in the course will be teamed with Chilean students to facilitate weekly civic engagement discussions and activities in a local high school. To prepare for their work in the schools and in order put what they learn into a general political but also specifically Chilean context, students will have weekly classes centered on conceptions of citizenship, democracy and participatory politics. Students will also learn more about social services in Chile, and be introduced to the work of local NGOs.

Students may take the following course load:

  • 6-7 credits of Spanish language and culture coursework (students may take one 6-credit course or a combination of one 4-credit course plus 3-credit course or two separate 3-credit courses)
  • 6-credit Generation Citizen course
  • 4-credit elective taught in English
1-2 Language & Culture Courses


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Generation Citizen Service-Learning Course


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One Elective

Option 2 - Language and Culture

This track is open to all students.

In this program all students will enroll in Spanish courses appropriate to their level, and choose from a host of courses that introduce them to multiple dimensions of Chilean culture, and provide opportunities to develop a nuanced understanding of their host community. To bolster students' learning, co-curricular volunteerism is encouraged, and the opportunities to engage with the community in that way will be carefully facilitated to ensure mutual-benefit for students and community partners.

Students may take the following course load:

  • 6-7 credits of Spanish language and culture coursework (students may take one 6-credit course or a combination of one 4-credit course plus 3-credit course or two separate 3-credit courses)
  • 2-3 electives taught in English (each elective is worth 4 credits)
1-2 Language & Culture Courses


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Three Electives


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Volunteer (Optional)

Classes

Completing the Preliminary Course Form

All students must complete a Preliminary Course Form as part of the application process. When completing this form, students should include the core seminar (if opting to take the Generation Citizen Service-Learning course), 6-7 credits of Spanish language and culture courses (please note that students will be placed into the appropriate language level on arrival in Valparaíso), and at least four electives (two first choice and two back-up). Students should list all courses in order of preference. While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course.

Please refer to this chart to see the level of Spanish proficiency you need to achieve at the placement test in order to determine your course eligibility.

Questions?

Contact your Program Manager, Francisco Guiller at 1-866-927-2234 or email guillerf@arcadia.edu. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course form on your Arcadia Passport.

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