Viña del Mar Course Offerings

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIÑA DEL MAR

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1

Fall: April 1

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Spanish. Courses are available in English & Spanish. In order to take courses taught in Spanish, you must have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college level Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Beginner level students are those who have not taken Spanish before.
-Elementary/Pre-Intermediate level students have completed 1-2 semesters or 2-3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Intermediate level students have completed 3-4 semesters or 4-5 quarters of college level Spanish.
-High Intermediate level students have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-20 semester credits (180-300 contact hours). 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit. Normal course load is 4-5 courses. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad de Viña del Mar. 

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students must take at least one Spanish Language course, plus 3-4 additional courses of their choosing.

All students will take a Spanish Placement Test after arrival, which will determine which level of Spanish classes you’ll take. Students who test into the A1 or A2 levels may take electives in English. Students who test into B1 or higher may take electives in English and/or Spanish.

Students must have a TOTAL OF 8 COURSES APPROVED by their home institution, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes that you can take. We will not be able to pre-register you unless you provide us with 8 possible courses.  

Course offerings are subject to change.  

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

This level is for complete beginners who have not taken any Spanish before. 

Elementary/Pre-Intermediate (A2) Level – Spanish Language

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

This level is for students who have taken 2-3 semesters of college Spanish.

High Intermediate (B2) Level – Spanish Language

This level is for students who have taken 3-4 semesters of college Spanish. 

Electives Taught in English (4 semester credits / 64 contact hours)

Business

Social Sciences

Humanities and Liberal Arts

General Studies

  • Astronomy & Astrophysics (course description coming soon)

  • Project Management: Key Skills to Excel in Everyday Life (course description coming soon)

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

Cultures in Contact – 2 semester credits (32 contact hours). Additional hours: 24 hours of volunteer work plus 10, 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 – 4 semester credits (64 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 American Film – 4 semester credits (64 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.

Current Events in Latin America – 4 semester credits (64 contact hours)

This course reviews and explains the political, economic, cultural and security of individual Latin American states, highlighting issues such as governance, political organization, production, markets, income distribution and intra-and interstate conflict. The course also examines the similarities and differences between the Latin American region, the United States, Europe and Asia.

Socioeconomic Evolution of Latin America – 4 semester credits (64 contact hours)

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.

Sociopolitical History of Chile in the 20th Century – 4 semester credits (64 contact hours)

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.

Latin American Social Movements – 4 semester credits (64 contact hours)
The objective of this course is to analyze collective action and social commitment to understand the special characteristics of Latin American mobilizations. We will learn about various social movements, how a global justice discourse is developed, and evaluation of various social problems. This will provide the opportunity to question the notions of revolution, citizenship, and democracy. Once students understand the basis of how social movements are created, they will learn to analyze contemporary issues that cut across Latin America.

Chilean Music – 4 semester credits (64 contact hours)
In this course, students will learn about popular Chilean music from the 1950’s to the present. They will learn to recognize, interpret and identify the content of social and political conflict as a manifestation of the individual and collective identity of Chilean society. Students will be able to relate their own musical experiences within a historical context and acknowledge popular music as a tool to better understand social and cultural realities.

Indigenous History of Chile: Discovering of Two Worlds and the Conquest– 4 semester credits (64 contact hours)
This course seeks to show how the indigenous peoples of Chile lived before the arrival of the conquerer. What were their traditions, lifestyles, religious beliefs and scientific advances? This course will evaluate how the Chilean identity was formed, which began with the War of Independence (1810-1823), and how this led to the formation of the Republic. Finally, the course will discuss the current indigenous peoples, the Mapuche and Rapa Nui, who survived the conquest of Spanish culture and still strive to maintain their own identity among Chilean society.

 

 

2019 SUMMER PROGRAM:
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIÑA DEL MAR

Application Deadlines

Summer I: March 20

Summer II: April 15

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Elementary level students have had a little Spanish study before. This could include students who took Spanish in high school but not in college, as well as students who have taken one or two semesters of Spanish in college.
-Intermediate level students have completed 3-4 semesters or 3-4 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level students have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.5. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 8 semester credits (120 contact hours). 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit.  10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit. Classes are taken with American and other international students.

Final Transcript: Issued by the Universidad de Viña del Mar.

course offerings

This is an intensive Spanish language program taking place during 2, 4-week sessions. Students will take a Spanish language placement test upon arrival. All of the Spanish language courses listed under each level are mandatory for students who place into that level.

Students have the option of participating in 18 hours of volunteer work during their program.

Please remember that because Chile is in the southern hemisphere, summer in the U.S. is actually winter there.  The winter season is quite mild, with average temperatures between 32 and 59 degrees.  Many students take the opportunity to go skiing during their free time at one of the many ski resorts near Santiago.

Elementary (A2) Level Spanish Language

Intermediate (B2) Level Spanish Language

High Intermediate (C1) Level Spanish Language

 
 
Jackie Cimino