Arcadia in Chile Semester Program

Arcadia University Center for Latin American Studies

  • Become immersed in the culture of Valparaíso, combining community service with language learning and subject based courses.

  • Take a core course on Chilean culture and society, putting your experience of living and learning in Valparaíso into an academic context.

  • Engage with the academic community at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso through courses, and student activities.

  • Language & Culture Courses and the Generation Citizen Service-Learning Course are taught in Spanish; Electives are taught in English.

  • 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 program offers the opportunity to combine academic coursework with community engagement, either in an intensive service learning course or in a volunteer capacity. All students will take classes in Spanish language and Chilean culture, and electives in English. Course eligibility will be determined by a Spanish placement test at orientation.


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.


  • Option 1 - Generation Citizen Semester Structure:
  • Total semester load= 16-17 credits

  • Option 2 - Language and Culture Semester Structure:
  • Total semester load= 14-19 credits


  • Fall semester: July to November
  • Spring semester: February to June

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