2018-2019 Semester Programs: Universidad de Viña del Mar

PROGRAM PRICE DATES PROGRAM CODE
Spring Semester 2019 – Viña del Mar, Chile click here for price click here for dates VMS
Fall Semester 2019 – Viña del Mar, Chile click here for price click here for dates VMF

 

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: 180-300 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 Viña del Mar.

 

Viña del Mar, Chile: Universidad de Viña del Mar – Semester 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 classes listed below and take electives in English or Spanish.

 

Course offerings are subject to change.  All students must get a TOTAL OF 8 COURSES APPROVED by their home institution, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is cancelled or 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. 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.  

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. 
Communicational Skills: Spanish Grammar & Composition – 96 contact hours (6 semester credits)
Communicational Spanish and Chilean Culture – 120 contact hours (8 semester credits)
Spanish Phonetics – 42 contact hours (3 semester credits)
 

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.  
Communicational Skills: Spanish Grammar & Composition – 96 contact hours (6 semester credits)
Communicational Spanish and Chilean Culture – 120 contact hours (8 semester credits)
Spanish Phonetics – 42 contact hours (3 semester credits)

Intermediate (B1) Level – Spanish Language

This level is for students who have taken 2-3 semesters of college Spanish.
Communicational Skills: Spanish Grammar & Composition – 96 contact hours (6 semester credits)
Communicational Spanish and Chilean Culture – 120 contact hours (8 semester credits)
Spanish Phonetics – 42 contact hours (3 semester credits)

High Intermediate (B2) Level – Spanish Language

This level is for students who have taken 3-4 semesters of college Spanish. 
Communicational Skills: Spanish Grammar & Composition – 96 contact hours (6 semester credits)
Communicational Spanish and Chilean Culture – 120 contact hours (8 semester credits)
Spanish Phonetics – 42 contact hours (3 semester credits)

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 taught in English is worth 64 contact hours (4 semester credits).  Course offerings are subject to change.

 

Business Electives:
Corporate Social Responsibility
Executive Production, the International Film and Television Industry  (description coming soon)

 

Social Science Electives:
Latin American Social Movements
Latin American History of Ideas
Critical Narratives on Global and Local Order (description coming soon)
Cross-Cultural Engagement and Skill Development (description coming soon)
Latin American Regional Scenario in the 20th and 21st Centuries

 

Humanities/Liberal Arts Electives:

 

General Studies Electives:
Astronomy & Astrophysics (description coming soon)
Project Management: Key Skills to Excel in Everyday Life (description coming soon)

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

Cultures in Contact – 32 contact hours (2 semester credits).  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 – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)

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 – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)

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 – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)

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 – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)

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.

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

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 – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)
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 (syllabus coming soon) – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)
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 (syllabus coming soon) – 64 contact hours (4 semester credits)
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.