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Students wishing to study Spanish language and culture intensively at the advanced level are ideally suited to the January Intersession Program.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


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 who have completed a minimum of five semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent
  • 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
Jan-Term Jan, 2021 - Feb, 2021 $4,380 Oct 1, 2020 Nov 1, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

*Please note the application deadline has been extended for the Spring program. Additional fees may apply.

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

    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.

  • Vineyard

    Chile is widely recognized for the quality of its wines, especially Carmenere, a variety of grape that was once close to extinction due to a plague in France. Students have the opportunity to learn more about Chilean wine and its roots dating back to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits

Students wishing to study Spanish language and culture intensively at the advanced level are ideally suited to the January Intersession Program. The intensive course will consist of 48 contact hours (3 U.S. semester credits) over a four-week period. The course consists of three parts related to the following topics:

  • Culture and Oral Expression
  • Grammar and Poetry
  • Latin American Short Stories

Note: This program is highly recommended for students who wish to study for the spring semester at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH). Spring semester students who participate in the January Intersession program will have approximately five weeks to travel independently after completing the program and before starting the standard spring semester.


API students receive a transcript issued by the Universidad Alberto Hurtado 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!



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.

Spanish Language and Latin American Culture

This course focuses on reviewing the fundamentals of Spanish grammar through reading, discussion and the completion of exercises focusing on poems and songs that address problems and issues essential to the understanding of Latin American culture. The intensive course will be divided into three parallel courses:

  • Grammar and poetry
  • Latin American short stories
  • Culture and oral expression

By emphasizing these three areas, students will develop their speaking and writing skills in Spanish, as well as learn cultural and social practices that allow them to use the language in a proper way.

The course objectives include:

  • acquiring, strengthening and clarifying essential grammatical content for appropriate use of the Spanish language;
  • developing oral and written skills, by analyzing texts and conversation about social and cultural issues;
  • encouraging reflection, discussion and writing about issues that link class materials with the experiences of students and the broader Latin American context.

Designed as a workshop, in-class hours will emphasize discussion rather than lectures. Students should be prepared to review grammatical concepts and complete readings outside of class. The course is equivalent to three U.S. semester credits and consists of 48 classroom hours.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

  • Classes taught in Spanish
    • Combine multiple intensive months in other API locations and/or an API internship program to create a custom quarter program
      • Jan-term program!

    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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