Open to students who have completed a minimum of five semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent
Completed API application
University Contact Information Form
One letter of recommendation
Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa
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.
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.
Classes taught in Spanish
Combine multiple intensive months in other API locations and/or an API internship program to create a custom quarter program
Claudia Aliaga will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Hannah Stack will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!
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.
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.
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.
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.