Arcadia in Chile Semester Program

Arcadia University Center for Latin American Studies

  • Students of all levels can study and improve their Spanish proficiency, as well as take electives in Latin American studies taught in English or Spanish.

  • Homestays with local families in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar provide a warm and immersive setting for students during their stay in Chile.

  • Become immersed in the culture of Valparaíso through community engagement, excursions and volunteer opportunities.

  • Valparaíso is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for art and culture, with a a vibrant local art scene.

  • A summer program is also available.


A summer program is also available.

Arcadia in Chile was established in direct collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). Founded in 1928, with a tradition of academic excellence, PUCV now serves over 14,000 students and is one of the most dynamic and international universities in Latin America.

The semester program focus is on Spanish language, Chilean culture and contemporary Latin American studies, with electives taught in Spanish or English. Students with at least two years of Spanish language study at the university level can also take classes alongside Chilean students in academic departments within PUCV in various subjects. Exciting and meaningful opportunities for community engagement and travel in Chile are arranged by the PUCV international office each term.


All students will be housed in homestays with local Chilean families. The homestays are either in neighborhoods of Valparaíso (old city) or Viña del Mar. Most homes are a 15-20 minute commute by bus or Metro to the academic campus. Only one student is assigned per house; students have single bedrooms, are provided 3 meals per day, provided laundry service and all homes have internet connections. Accommodations for non-Spanish speaking students can be provided with families that have a basic proficiency in English.


You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • Fall semester: 14-19 credits.
  • Spring semester: 14-19 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • Fall semester: April 20
  • Spring semester: November 15


For more information about this program, please contact your Enrollment Counselor, Shannon Peak, at or your Program Manager, Francisco Guiller, at