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Students who choose to study abroad in Valparaíso in API’s Business Internship Program will complete a credit-bearing internship with a complementary classroom component. Students who wish to complete an additional academic course may do so if time permits for an additional fee.
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 Valparaíso programs. All excursions are subject to change.
Be prepared for a sensory delight! API students will enjoy visiting an organic farm that produces oils used for aromatherapy. Students will participate in a hands-on demonstration of how the oils are produced, starting with a tour of the gardens where the herbs are grown to the packaging of the final product.
Housing more than one-third of the total Chilean population, Santiago defines Chile for many visitors. It is a thriving metropolis with a wealth of museums, restaurants and other cultural activities. Surrounded by mountains, the city’s cleanliness and order enthrall visitors. With its mixture of architecture reminiscent of both Europe and the United States, visitors from around the world feel comfortable in this most modern of Chilean cities.
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.
Isla Negra was made famous by the decision of Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s greatest poets, to establish a home there. Neruda described the island to be a place where “todo florece” (“everything flourishes”). Today, the island is filled with artists and writers and considered as an amazing source of creative inspiration.
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.
A beautiful ride along the coast of the region until we reach the Natural Monument Island of Cachagua, also called Island of the Penguins to surprise us with the sighting of one of the five most important nesting sites of the Humboldt penguin.
TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits
API students receive a transcript from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso upon completion of their program.
Alejandra Rojas will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Students with an advanced Spanish level are eligible to complete a credit-bearing internship in the field of business. The program is designed for students interested in business administration, family, and small business management, marketing, tourism, and entrepreneurship. The internship represents a total of 90 work hours and students will complete a complimentary course alongside the internship to orient them to the economic and business environment of Chile.
Students who select the internship option may enroll in one additional course during the summer session, selecting from advanced language courses, an English-taught elective entitled Identity Issues in Contemporary Latin American History: An Intercultural Approach or one of the following options taught in Spanish:
Students selecting this option and completing one course will pay an additional fee of US$250; those who select the internship and two courses will pay an additional fee of US$650.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.
Students with an advanced Spanish level are eligible to complete a credit-bearing internship in the field of business. The program is designed for students interested in business administration, family, and small business management, marketing, tourism, and entrepreneurship. The internship represents a total of 90 work hours and students will complete a complementary course alongside the internship to orient them to the economic and business environment of Chile.
Students who select the internship option may enroll in one or two additional courses during the summer session, selecting from advanced language courses, an English-taught elective entitled Identity Issues in Contemporary Latin American History: An Intercultural Approach or one of the following options taught in Spanish:
Students selecting this option and completing one course will pay an additional fee of US$250; those who select the internship and two courses will pay an additional fee of US$650.
Language of Instruction: English Spanish
Language of Instruction: English
El curso está diseñado especialmente para alumnos extranjeros y pretende entregar desde una
perspectiva histórica, social y cultural, un panorama de la literatura hispanoamericana contemporánea a
través de sus principales figuras, obras y problemáticas. No obstante, la asignatura también procura
establecer ciertas relaciones entre la Literatura y otras áreas del saber como la Historia, la Filosofía, el
Cine y el Arte en general.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 3
Este curso se propone como una invitación a los estudiantes a conocer, pensar y problematizar
la idea de América Latina a través de textos literarios y fílmicos producidos en la región. Por
una parte, se espera contribuir a que alumnos extranjeros se informen y conozcan las
múltiples realidades que el nombre América Latina involucra; y por otra, que aprendan a
reconocer en el arte –literario y cinematográfico- una puerta de entrada a la percepción del
mundo en el que habitamos.
La Historia Política de América Latina desde el siglo XIX, XX y XXI no es otra cosa que una incesante
búsqueda por lograr una estabilidad política. No cabe duda que la endeble estructura política
latinoamericana se debe a factores estructurales que dicen relación, principalmente, a factores
económico‐sociales y culturales. Proliferan, entonces, los caudillismos, los populismos, las
dictaduras, que hacen que la democracia sea mucho más difícil de implantar. Y, por lo mismo,
resulta fácil de observar en Latinoamérica, encontradas posiciones respecto al rol que le cabe al
Estado y su relación con el individuo, esto es, la presencia de un liberalismo absoluto (siempre
asociado a la derecha) frente a un intervencionismo estatal (de izquierda) que recuerda las luchas
ideológicas de la guerra fría.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Semester and summer students living in Valparaíso will live with local host families in either Valparaíso or nearby Viña del Mar. In Chile, API places one student per family, and all students have a private bedroom. Host families serve as a unique introduction to Chilean culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two to three meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week. Generally, if a student is at the university during the family’s lunch hour, the host mother will prepare a light meal for the student to bring to the university or lunch is saved for the student and eaten later.