2014-2015 Semester Programs: Universidad de Viña del Mar PDF Print E-mail

Viña del Mar, Chile - Semester Program

Host Institution: Universidad de Viña del Mar

 Spring 2014  VMS  click here for price  click here for dates
 Fall 2014  VMF  click here for price  click here for dates
 Spring 2015  VMS  click here for price  click here for dates
Language Eligibility: for all levels of Spanish.

 -Beginner level is for complete beginners who have not taken any Spanish before.
 -Elementary level is for students who have taken a little Spanish before, such as in high school or 1 semester in college.
 -Intermediate level must have completed 2-3 semesters or 3-4 quarters of college level Spanish.
 -High Intermediate level must have completed 3-4 semesters or 4-5 quarters of college level Spanish.
 -Advanced level must have completed 4 or more semesters or 6 or more quarters of college level Spanish.

 For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

 Total classroom hours: 180-324 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

 Possible U.S. Credits: 12-20 semester hours.

 Final transcript is issued by the Universidad de Vina del Mar. 

Universidad de Vina del Mar - Course Offerings

All students will take a Spanish Placement Test after arrival, which will ultimately determine which level of Spanish classes you'll take.
Students who test into the A1 or A2 levels may take the Spanish Language classes listed below, plus electives in English.  Students who test into B1 or higher can choose among the Spanish language clases listed below and take electives in English or Spanish.

Language Courses

Each level consists of 3 core courses.  You can take all 3 Spanish classes in your level, just 2, or just 1.  Language levels listed below are from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Beginner (A1) Level - Spanish Language

Total 262 contact hours  Note: This level is for complete beginners who have not taken any Spanish before. 
Spanish Phonetics - 42 contact hours

Elementary (A2) Level - Spanish Language

Total 262 contact hours  Note: This level is for those who have had a little Spanish study before.  This may include students who took Spanish in high school but not in college, as well as students who have taken one semester of Spanish in college.  

Intermediate (B1) Level - Spanish Language

Total 262 contact hours  Note: This level is for students who have taken 2-3 semesters of college Spanish.

High Intermediate (B2) Level - Spanish Language

Total 262 contact hours  Note: This level is for students who have taken 3-4 semesters of college Spanish. 
Spanish Phonetics - 42 contact hours

Advanced (C1 & C2) Level - Spanish Language

Courses taken with Chilean students through the Department of Language and Literature

Electives Taught in English 

Each of the following electives is worth 64 contact hours / 4 semester credits. 
Business Electives:
Social Science Electives:
Humanities/Liberal Arts Electives:
Environmental Studies Electives:

Electives Taught in Spanish - Open to Intermediate level (B1) and higher

Cultures in Contact - 32 contact hours.  Additional hours: 24 hours of volunteer work plus 7 one-hour workshops - taught in Spanish; texts are in English
This course introduces students to international and Chilean intercultural communication studies focusing on the origin of the cultures to achieve greater understanding of differences and similarities of each culture. Students choose among the non-profit foundations with a relationship with UVM to perform volunteer work during 2 hours each week.
Latin American Literature - 56 contact hours

This course aims to give students an overview of narrative and contemporary Latin American poetry, along with a more complex approach on the work of Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julio Cortazar, the Colombian author Alvaro Mutis, and Chileans Pablo Nerudo and Vicente Huidobro, to provide as an example of formal and thematic diversity of the American creative field in Spanish.

Latin America Cinema - 56 contact hours

Latin Americans seek their identity through art.  This allows them to integrate their vision of themselves with their world.  This course approaches the Latin American condition not only from the historical, but also from the cultural aspect and the film itself.  Through film it is possible to see multicultural issues on the continent, taking into account how each country, in conforming to Latin America, has developed a distinctive culture.  The cinematic approach, then, reflects this multiculturalism: films will be screened for Chilean, German, Danish, and British directors to demonstrate the richness present in Latin America.

In this class, students will analyze Latin America’s integration in the economic, political, linguistic, cultural, and religious plans, understanding that Latin America, along with Asia, before the economic fall of the First World, has great potential for growth and development in the coming decades.  At the end of this course students will understand the importance of the  “Bolivarian Dream” as a mythical story that spans the historical encounters and clashes among Latin American countries. Students will also be able to recognize and analyze the impact of the Cold War on the integration process of Latin America. Finally, students will learn about the main economic and political principals of Latin America (OEA, UNASUR, MERCOSUR, ALADI, ALBA-TCP, CAN among others). 

This course will provide students with an explanation of how Latin America ,over more than five hundred years ago, accidentally became a part of a complex historical project of European origin known as modernization. The class will analyze the fundamental misconceptions associated with the emancipation process of Latin America, as well as learn to recognize the cultural, social, and economic consequences of the conquest on the original peoples of Latin America. Tying in with what they learn from the first portion of the class, students will study what impacts the current economic growth of Chile, Colombia, and Brazil is having on their societies.  

A course is focused on the socio-political evolution of Chile, from the civil war to the military dictatorship, taking into account the great revolutions in Chile, as well as considering the Mexican and Cuban revolutions, two of the most important revolutions in Latin America, in order to understand how revolutionary ideas began to circulate in Chile in the early twentieth century and how these revolutions began with people from the humblest walks of life to become large social movements.