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The Business and Latin American Studies Program at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is open to students at all Spanish levels. Students have the opportunity to complete Spanish language courses along with business, Chilean culture, and Latin American studies courses in English or Spanish. Students with an advanced level of Spanish are welcome to select integrated courses with Chilean students from the standard university course offerings. Courses with Chilean students are available in business administration, engineering, journalism and psychology, as well as other areas of liberal arts and the social sciences. Students who elect to complete courses with Chilean students will need to stay several extra weeks in Chile due to a more extensive exam period and will be assessed an additional fee for extending their housing.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to students at all levels of Spanish; one semester of Spanish language highly recommended
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Mar 2, 2021 - Jun 25, 2021 $12,850 Oct 1, 2020 Nov 1, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Santiago programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Valparaíso Day Tour

    Nicknamed “the Jewel of the Pacific,” Valparaíso was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. Students will enjoy exploring this architecturally and culturally rich and vibrant city.

  • Parque Tricao

    More than 120 hectares to appreciate the rescue of the native forest of the central zone of Chile and the recovery of wetlands and original fauna of the area. We will discover the largest aviary in South America with beautiful exotic species.

  • Casablanca Valley

    A day of travel and contact with nature and beautiful landscapes amidst the vines of one of the most important valleys in the central area.

  • Granja Aromática

    An organic farm that produces oils used for aromatherapy. They will participate in a hands – on demonstration of how the oils are produced, from the gardens where the herbs are grown to the packaging of the final products.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-17 credits per semester

The Business and Latin American Studies Program at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is open to students at all Spanish levels. Students have the opportunity to complete Spanish language courses along with business, Chilean culture, and Latin American studies courses in English or Spanish. Students with an advanced level of Spanish are welcome to select integrated courses with Chilean students from the standard university course offerings. Courses with Chilean students are available in business administration, engineering, journalism, and psychology, as well as other areas of liberal arts and the social sciences. Students who elect to complete courses with Chilean students will need to stay several extra weeks in Chile due to a more extensive exam period and will be assessed an additional fee for extending their housing.

During the orientation period on-site, all students complete a language placement test to determine their Spanish level.

ACADEMIC AND CALENDAR YEAR STUDENTS

The Chilean academic calendar follows the calendar year: the first semester in Chile is actually the equivalent of the spring semester in the U.S. Students who wish to study for two semesters in Chile are encouraged to consider the Calendar Year option (spring/fall) rather than the traditional Academic Year option (fall/spring). Students selecting a Calendar Year program have access to API housing throughout their program and are not required to travel or return home during the semester break. In contrast, students selecting an Academic Year option will have approximately a 2.5-month break between semesters during which API housing is not provided.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez upon completion of their program.

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    Claudia Aliaga

    Claudia Aliaga will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Laura Bahamonde

    Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

COURSE OFFERINGS

SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Spanish language courses are available for all levels in each semester.

ELECTIVE COURSES IN SPANISH (WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Elective courses in Spanish are available to students with an advanced level of Spanish proficiency and above.

ELECTIVE COURSES IN ENGLISH (WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Elective courses in English are available to all students, regardless of their Spanish proficiency.

ELECTIVE COURSES IN SPANISH (WITH CHILEAN STUDENTS)

Courses with Chilean students are available only to students with an advanced level of Spanish. Courses will have an extended exam period and will extend the semester by several weeks. Students selecting courses with Chileans will be charged an additional fee for the additional weeks of housing.

CREDIT INFORMATION

API’s university partners in Chile operate according to the contact hour system; the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class with a professor. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. semester credits, similarly, divide the Chilean contact hours in a given course by 15.

Espanol Intermedio: Gramatica (Intermediate Spanish Grammar)

Students in this course will increase their abilities to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish by learning more complex grammatical structures and increasing their vocabulary. Students will do so while learning about the geography, history, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world with an emphasis on Chile and South America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Espanol Intermedio: Comunicacion (Intermediate Spanish Communication)

["Students in this course will increase their abilities to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish","the focus is on developing communication skills at the intermediate level. The student will be able to analyze, understand and compare the social, economic and cultural differences between the Spanish-speaking countries students and their country of origin."]

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Espanol Avanzado: Cultura Chilena (Advanced Spanish: Chilean Culture)

This is a conversation course that discusses the diverse aspects that make up the Chilean culture, in addition to a review of relevant grammatical aspects of the Spanish language. Students will work on a project analyzing the sociopolitical situation of Chile. Emphasis will be placed on the improving all four elements of language proficiency: writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced   Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Español Avanzado: Negocios (Advanced Spanish for Business)

The course includes international trade terminology, simulations of social and business situations, case studies, and writing business correspondence, all within the framework of the International Market and Economy. During the course, the student will be exposed to an extensive variety of lexical and discursive contexts related to business, including management, human resources, banking and finance, technology, marketing, among others.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Lessons of Economic Growth in Latin America

This course examines the economic growth in Latin America, from the Pre-Columbian period to today. We will analyze historic, institutional and local contexts of economic development in the region (such as colonialism, the use of natural resources and industrialization, and political changes), in order to understand why there are several disparities in the continent.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Doing Business in Latin America

Students will learn about socio-cultural issues, economic and political-legal environment, together with strategic and marketing considerations when doing business in Latin American countries. Learning approach will be based in cases of study as well as lectures and a team project.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Starting Up in Latin America

“Starting Up in Latin America: Do you have what it takes?” aims to develop the mindset, tools, and skills required to understand complex challenges in this region, craft innovative solutions, and create startup business models that can stand in the real world. We want you to experience the process that most entrepreneurs face in Latin America when creating their own startups, with an emphasis on the opportunities that the public and private sectors offer to support them through this exciting journey.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Contemporary Latin American Marketing Strategies

The course provides a practical overview of the key elements of international marketing and issues faced when entering and operating in foreign markets. Student’s gain command on major theoretical and conceptual topics of International Marketing strategies and its implications.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Encounters and Revolutions: Latin America in the Atlantic World

During the term, we will study diverse and representative topics in Latin American history from the 15th to 19th centuries—a period shaped by European expansion and the resulting complex interplays between people and environments. Our main emphasis will be on interaction, exchange, and circulation of ideas, goods and people within the Atlantic World—a geo-historical concept comprised of Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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The Impact of Globalization in Latin America

We will first review significant aspects of Latin American history that have contributed to sketching the current regional picture, from colonialism to the establishment of new republics. Afterward, we will explore the contemporary political situation modeled by Globalization and it economics effects in Latin America. Finally, we will analyze the challenges faced and responses given by Latin American countries in the context of globalization

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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A Journey Through Latin American Films

The course will provide some academic tools to the students in order to understand the narrative structure of a movie, and it will examine a set of Latin American films, by looking into key aspects of the regional idiosyncrasy. Some of these movies are: El Hijo de la Novia(Argentina), Estación Central (Brazil), Machuca (Chile), Ciudad de Dios (Brazil), Nueve Reinas (Argentina).

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Ideologies and Political Thinking in Modern Latin America

Starting from the independence process, this course examines the formation of local political traditions such as caudillismo and indigenismo and the adoption and adaptation of ideologies such as Liberalism, Nationalism, Marxism, Anarquism and Fascism. A major focus will be on the processes by which these traditions and ideologies were confronted and contested, such as revolutionary movements, dictatorships and democratic regimes.

Language of Instruction: English    Course Level: Upper Division  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Course Level: Upper Division  

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish and English
    • Triple business accreditation (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS)
      • Options to take courses with Chilean students

    Students in Santiago have the option to live in apartments with other API students or with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction to Chilean culture. Students will have a private bedroom and receive two meals per day, as well as laundry service once a week.

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