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At the beautiful Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), students have the opportunity to study abroad in Valparaíso and take courses in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two at one of the most highly ranked universities in Chile.

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

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

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 Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers; 1 year of college-level Spanish highly recommended
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • CV or résumé
  • Statement of purpose and completion of an oral interview (in Spanish – required only for students wishing to take coursework in Spanish)
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)

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.

  • Aromatics Farm

    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.

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza, located in western Argentina, is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes, this vibrant city is home to over 1 million inhabitants. Adventure tourism is a major industry in Mendoza, as is mountain rescue training. Mendoza is brimming with young European travelers looking to experience the beautiful Andes and all the opportunities for adventure that are available. Mendoza is also the center of Argentina’s wine industry and considered one of the seven wine capitals of the world with over 700 wineries or bodegas located near the town. Glamorous wine bars dot the city and the harvest, which takes place between February and April, is a major event. Since the 1990’s, wine tourism has become another sizable industry.

  • Santiago

    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.

  • 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.

  • Aromatics Farm

    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.

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza, located in western Argentina, is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes, this vibrant city is home to over 1 million inhabitants. Adventure tourism is a major industry in Mendoza, as is mountain rescue training. Mendoza is brimming with young European travelers looking to experience the beautiful Andes and all the opportunities for adventure that are available. Mendoza is also the center of Argentina’s wine industry and considered one of the seven wine capitals of the world with over 700 wineries or bodegas located near the town. Glamorous wine bars dot the city and the harvest, which takes place between February and April, is a major event. Since the 1990’s, wine tourism has become another sizable industry.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lake District, Patagonia

    Visit the Chilean pre-Patagonia touring destinations in the Araucanía and Los Lagos regions. An experience and coexistence with nature from the millenary araucarias; the Villarrica volcano, its lake and history; the 7 lakes; the hot springs; biological reserve, landscapes and local communities.

  • Aromatics Farm

    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.

  • Santiago

    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.

  • San Pedro de Atacama

    The Atacama Desert is like no place on earth! Students will have the opportunity to enjoy and discover the little town of San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. We will visit several fascinating places such as Valley of the Moon, Death Valley, Salar de Atacama (Chile’s largest salt flat) and Cejar Lagoon, a natural pool contains such large quantities of salt that swimming is virtually impossible! We will also visit an interesting museum where it is possible to see some of the archaeological finds that were made in the region, and nearby there can be found one of the oldest Churches in this part of the world. This is truly an excursion you will not forget!

  • 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.

  • Aromatics Farm

    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.

  • Mendoza

    Mendoza, located in western Argentina, is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes, this vibrant city is home to over 1 million inhabitants. Adventure tourism is a major industry in Mendoza, as is mountain rescue training. Mendoza is brimming with young European travelers looking to experience the beautiful Andes and all the opportunities for adventure that are available. Mendoza is also the center of Argentina’s wine industry and considered one of the seven wine capitals of the world with over 700 wineries or bodegas located near the town. Glamorous wine bars dot the city and the harvest, which takes place between February and April, is a major event. Since the 1990’s, wine tourism has become another sizable industry.

  • Santiago

    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.

  • San Pedro de Atacama

    The Atacama Desert is like no place on earth! Students will have the opportunity to enjoy and discover the little town of San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. We will visit several fascinating places such as Valley of the Moon, Death Valley, Salar de Atacama (Chile’s largest salt flat) and Cejar Lagoon, a natural pool contains such large quantities of salt that swimming is virtually impossible! We will also visit an interesting museum where it is possible to see some of the archaeological finds that were made in the region, and nearby there can be found one of the oldest Churches in this part of the world. This is truly an excursion you will not forget!

  • 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.

  • 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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

At the beautiful Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), students have the opportunity to study abroad in Valparaíso and take courses in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two at one of the most highly ranked universities in Chile.

Students may select from the following options:

  1. courses in English designed for both local students and visiting international students;
  2. courses in Spanish designed for visiting international students;
  3. integrated courses in Spanish with Chilean students;
  4. Spanish language courses designed for visiting international students.

Students interested in science and engineering coursework may choose any course for which they have completed the prerequisite courses on their home campus.

VOLUNTEER OPTIONS/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Founded on the belief that education serves as a means of social mobility and personal growth, UTFSM has a strong history of altruism. Interested students can take advantage of volunteer opportunities offered by the university. Visiting students also have the opportunity to get involved with an incredible business incubator, whereby ideas of young students at the university are converted into a functioning and profitable businesses. Visiting students can contribute to the vision of a fellow student, earning a certificate that can be used to request internship credit through their home university.

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 Técnica Federico Santa María upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Alejandra Rojas

    Alejandra Rojas will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.

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    Gabi Perches

    Gabi Perches will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - gabriela.perches@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

Visiting international students complete an intensive two-week Spanish course prior to the start of the regular semester and then begin their semester courses. Students may then select any combination of courses in English or Spanish offered with Chilean students.

Minimum enrollment targets must be met to offer the English-taught courses.

Students with a high level of Spanish are welcome and encouraged to take courses in Spanish integrated with Chilean students. The most popular courses taken in past semesters from the standard courses offerings at the UTFSM are included in our lists of courses.

Students may also visit the UTFSM website or contact the API Program Coordinator/Manager to consider additional courses in the following subject areas:

  • Architecture
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Humanities (Arts, Communication, and Language, Philosophy, History,
  • Psychology)
  • Industrial Engineering/Business
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation
  • Science of Materials

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.

Español como Lengua Extranjera II [B1] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level II [B1]

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B1 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Español como Lengua Extranjera III [B2] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level III [B2])

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B2 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Chilean Identity

This course will explore the concepts of Chilean culture and identity, and inquires about their definitions in anthropology and philosophy. The course contrasts theory with practice. Students will learn to observe cultural phenomena and will conduct ethnographic information gathering.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Development in Latin America

Students will acquire a global perspective of the historic, social, and political phenomena of Latin America through the study of popular revolutions and military dictatorships. Students will develop deep and informed opinions about Latin American problems, through the the analysis of the economic and social patterns that serve as the base of transformation of the great countries of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Pre-Colombian Civilizations

Students will study pre-Columbian civilizations through their different phases of evolution. The course will focus on the Amerindian worldview, through the study of multiple artistic and religious traditions. Students will develop a global vision of the inheritance and legacy of the Amerindian peoples to the current Latin American culture, contrasting it with their own culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 2

Marketing

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Project Development and Control

Students will learn to apply the concepts, fundamentals, tools, and techniques related to Project Management methodologies to the decisional processes used by companies in order to achieve their strategic objectives in the complex environments in which they must operate.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: the Chilean Perspective

This course is organized and focused on the conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of Strategic Management in organizations. This is done through the exploration of the functions and nature of diverse management actions, decision making, and the fundamental principles that should guide the work of professional managers of today. Hence the student will learn to build from an engineering perspective, competitive advantages with different strategic approaches, and scenarios that are applicable to different organizational levels.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Economy and Management of Natural Resources and Environment

This course is intended for commercial engineering students. Students will explore economic theory and the available instruments of public intervention for the design of effective policies of natural resource management and the environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Specific Projects

This course represents the quantitative synthesis of knowledge in environmental engineering. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to to solve decontamination problems in the real world. Students will learn to solve problems through the analysis and evaluation of the current situation, the improvement of the process minimizing the environmental impact, and the design of environmental control equipment, to comply with the impact regulations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Misterios y Tradiciones de la Cultura Rapa Nui (Mysteries and Traditions of the Rapa Nui Culture)

This course will introduce students to the origin, development, and cultural and ecological collapse of the Rapa Nui culture. Students will analyze the main challenges facing Easter Island in the present, regarding the management of natural resources, political administration, cultural change, and sustainabilty. They will also become familiar with the issues of cultural identity amongst Easter Island youth and the link with the continent and abroad.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Reciente De Chile: Política, Derechos Humanos y Evolución Cultural (Recent History of Chile: Politics, Human Rights, and Cultural Evolution)

This course is an analysis of the process of democratization and political change. It will consider the economic and social development the country has experienced, especially from the 1950s onward, from a political, economic, social, and cultural perspective. Special focus will be placed on the major processes, speeches, characters, and events that have shaped the recent history of Chile.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Chilena Contemporánea (Contemporary Chilean History)

This course will explore the economic, political, and cultural evolution of Chile, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present. Students will be able to form opinions through the knowledge of contemporary issues and will analyze the diverse crises that the country has experienced in historical terms.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Panorama de las Civilizaciones Actuales (Panorama of Current Civilizations)

Through this course, students will perform an analysis of the different traditions, ways of thinking, and mentalities that have originated throughout history to achieve a better understanding of our contemporary world.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Historia Contemporánea (Contemporary History)

This course will analyze contemporary history, from the early twentieth century to the present. Students will learn about the processes of ruptures, changes, and continuations and reflect critically on the characteristics of this particular time and its effects on the historical present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Crecimiento y Desarrollo Personal (Growth and Personal Development)

Students will learn the basic concepts of psychology and apply them as they work to development self-knowledge and social integration. Students will recognize and development their potentiality, applying basic psychological concepts, such as personality, the evolutionary cycle of the human being, and social and communication skills. Students will decelop their personal leadership and social skills naturely and creatively, through teamwork in activities of self-discovery.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Formación y Liderazgo Empresarial (Training and Business Leadership)

Students will study basic concepts of leadership and develop technical and interpersonal skills Through this course, they will reflect on the importance of leadership as a personal skill and analyze the characteristics of a leader and the demands required of professionals working in management positions. Students will discover their personal potential as a future leader of organizations, recognizing the different styles of management.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Sociedad y Política Contemporánea (Society and Contemporary Politics)

Students will acquire knowledge of and analyze the main processes that took place from the so-called "short century" (twentieth century) to the present day. The course highlights not only the two great global conflagrations, but also the processes of economic crisis and the social and cultural transformations that resulted in the contemporary world. Through reflection, students will develop an understanding of contemporary society, from a historical perspective

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Cultura Urbana Contemporánea (Contemporary Urban Culture)

This course introduces students to the study of the contemporary city. The course will present a fundamentally proactive, investigative, and applied academic modality, based on the study of topics and notable cases within the national and international context. This modular structure will also facilitate the incorporation of teachers from other disciplines of knowledge, in the understanding that the study of the city requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Español como Lengua Extranjera II [B1] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level II [B1]

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B1 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Español como Lengua Extranjera III [B2] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level III [B2])

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B2 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Chilean Identity

This course will explore the concepts of Chilean culture and identity, and inquires about their definitions in anthropology and philosophy. The course contrasts theory with practice. Students will learn to observe cultural phenomena and will conduct ethnographic information gathering.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Development in Latin America

Students will acquire a global perspective of the historic, social, and political phenomena of Latin America through the study of popular revolutions and military dictatorships. Students will develop deep and informed opinions about Latin American problems, through the the analysis of the economic and social patterns that serve as the base of transformation of the great countries of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Pre-Colombian Civilizations

Students will study pre-Columbian civilizations through their different phases of evolution. The course will focus on the Amerindian worldview, through the study of multiple artistic and religious traditions. Students will develop a global vision of the inheritance and legacy of the Amerindian peoples to the current Latin American culture, contrasting it with their own culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 2

Marketing

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Project Development and Control

Students will learn to apply the concepts, fundamentals, tools, and techniques related to Project Management methodologies to the decisional processes used by companies in order to achieve their strategic objectives in the complex environments in which they must operate.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: the Chilean Perspective

This course is organized and focused on the conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of Strategic Management in organizations. This is done through the exploration of the functions and nature of diverse management actions, decision making, and the fundamental principles that should guide the work of professional managers of today. Hence the student will learn to build from an engineering perspective, competitive advantages with different strategic approaches, and scenarios that are applicable to different organizational levels.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Economy and Management of Natural Resources and Environment

This course is intended for commercial engineering students. Students will explore economic theory and the available instruments of public intervention for the design of effective policies of natural resource management and the environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Specific Projects

This course represents the quantitative synthesis of knowledge in environmental engineering. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to to solve decontamination problems in the real world. Students will learn to solve problems through the analysis and evaluation of the current situation, the improvement of the process minimizing the environmental impact, and the design of environmental control equipment, to comply with the impact regulations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Misterios y Tradiciones de la Cultura Rapa Nui (Mysteries and Traditions of the Rapa Nui Culture)

This course will introduce students to the origin, development, and cultural and ecological collapse of the Rapa Nui culture. Students will analyze the main challenges facing Easter Island in the present, regarding the management of natural resources, political administration, cultural change, and sustainabilty. They will also become familiar with the issues of cultural identity amongst Easter Island youth and the link with the continent and abroad.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Reciente De Chile: Política, Derechos Humanos y Evolución Cultural (Recent History of Chile: Politics, Human Rights, and Cultural Evolution)

This course is an analysis of the process of democratization and political change. It will consider the economic and social development the country has experienced, especially from the 1950s onward, from a political, economic, social, and cultural perspective. Special focus will be placed on the major processes, speeches, characters, and events that have shaped the recent history of Chile.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Chilena Contemporánea (Contemporary Chilean History)

This course will explore the economic, political, and cultural evolution of Chile, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present. Students will be able to form opinions through the knowledge of contemporary issues and will analyze the diverse crises that the country has experienced in historical terms.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Panorama de las Civilizaciones Actuales (Panorama of Current Civilizations)

Through this course, students will perform an analysis of the different traditions, ways of thinking, and mentalities that have originated throughout history to achieve a better understanding of our contemporary world.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Historia Contemporánea (Contemporary History)

This course will analyze contemporary history, from the early twentieth century to the present. Students will learn about the processes of ruptures, changes, and continuations and reflect critically on the characteristics of this particular time and its effects on the historical present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Crecimiento y Desarrollo Personal (Growth and Personal Development)

Students will learn the basic concepts of psychology and apply them as they work to development self-knowledge and social integration. Students will recognize and development their potentiality, applying basic psychological concepts, such as personality, the evolutionary cycle of the human being, and social and communication skills. Students will decelop their personal leadership and social skills naturely and creatively, through teamwork in activities of self-discovery.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Formación y Liderazgo Empresarial (Training and Business Leadership)

Students will study basic concepts of leadership and develop technical and interpersonal skills Through this course, they will reflect on the importance of leadership as a personal skill and analyze the characteristics of a leader and the demands required of professionals working in management positions. Students will discover their personal potential as a future leader of organizations, recognizing the different styles of management.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Sociedad y Política Contemporánea (Society and Contemporary Politics)

Students will acquire knowledge of and analyze the main processes that took place from the so-called "short century" (twentieth century) to the present day. The course highlights not only the two great global conflagrations, but also the processes of economic crisis and the social and cultural transformations that resulted in the contemporary world. Through reflection, students will develop an understanding of contemporary society, from a historical perspective

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Cultura Urbana Contemporánea (Contemporary Urban Culture)

This course introduces students to the study of the contemporary city. The course will present a fundamentally proactive, investigative, and applied academic modality, based on the study of topics and notable cases within the national and international context. This modular structure will also facilitate the incorporation of teachers from other disciplines of knowledge, in the understanding that the study of the city requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Español como Lengua Extranjera II [B1] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level II [B1]

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B1 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Español como Lengua Extranjera III [B2] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level III [B2])

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B2 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Chilean Identity

This course will explore the concepts of Chilean culture and identity, and inquires about their definitions in anthropology and philosophy. The course contrasts theory with practice. Students will learn to observe cultural phenomena and will conduct ethnographic information gathering.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Development in Latin America

Students will acquire a global perspective of the historic, social, and political phenomena of Latin America through the study of popular revolutions and military dictatorships. Students will develop deep and informed opinions about Latin American problems, through the the analysis of the economic and social patterns that serve as the base of transformation of the great countries of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Pre-Colombian Civilizations

Students will study pre-Columbian civilizations through their different phases of evolution. The course will focus on the Amerindian worldview, through the study of multiple artistic and religious traditions. Students will develop a global vision of the inheritance and legacy of the Amerindian peoples to the current Latin American culture, contrasting it with their own culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 2

Marketing

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Project Development and Control

Students will learn to apply the concepts, fundamentals, tools, and techniques related to Project Management methodologies to the decisional processes used by companies in order to achieve their strategic objectives in the complex environments in which they must operate.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: the Chilean Perspective

This course is organized and focused on the conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of Strategic Management in organizations. This is done through the exploration of the functions and nature of diverse management actions, decision making, and the fundamental principles that should guide the work of professional managers of today. Hence the student will learn to build from an engineering perspective, competitive advantages with different strategic approaches, and scenarios that are applicable to different organizational levels.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Economy and Management of Natural Resources and Environment

This course is intended for commercial engineering students. Students will explore economic theory and the available instruments of public intervention for the design of effective policies of natural resource management and the environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Specific Projects

This course represents the quantitative synthesis of knowledge in environmental engineering. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to to solve decontamination problems in the real world. Students will learn to solve problems through the analysis and evaluation of the current situation, the improvement of the process minimizing the environmental impact, and the design of environmental control equipment, to comply with the impact regulations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Misterios y Tradiciones de la Cultura Rapa Nui (Mysteries and Traditions of the Rapa Nui Culture)

This course will introduce students to the origin, development, and cultural and ecological collapse of the Rapa Nui culture. Students will analyze the main challenges facing Easter Island in the present, regarding the management of natural resources, political administration, cultural change, and sustainabilty. They will also become familiar with the issues of cultural identity amongst Easter Island youth and the link with the continent and abroad.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Reciente De Chile: Política, Derechos Humanos y Evolución Cultural (Recent History of Chile: Politics, Human Rights, and Cultural Evolution)

This course is an analysis of the process of democratization and political change. It will consider the economic and social development the country has experienced, especially from the 1950s onward, from a political, economic, social, and cultural perspective. Special focus will be placed on the major processes, speeches, characters, and events that have shaped the recent history of Chile.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Chilena Contemporánea (Contemporary Chilean History)

This course will explore the economic, political, and cultural evolution of Chile, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present. Students will be able to form opinions through the knowledge of contemporary issues and will analyze the diverse crises that the country has experienced in historical terms.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Panorama de las Civilizaciones Actuales (Panorama of Current Civilizations)

Through this course, students will perform an analysis of the different traditions, ways of thinking, and mentalities that have originated throughout history to achieve a better understanding of our contemporary world.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Historia Contemporánea (Contemporary History)

This course will analyze contemporary history, from the early twentieth century to the present. Students will learn about the processes of ruptures, changes, and continuations and reflect critically on the characteristics of this particular time and its effects on the historical present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Crecimiento y Desarrollo Personal (Growth and Personal Development)

Students will learn the basic concepts of psychology and apply them as they work to development self-knowledge and social integration. Students will recognize and development their potentiality, applying basic psychological concepts, such as personality, the evolutionary cycle of the human being, and social and communication skills. Students will decelop their personal leadership and social skills naturely and creatively, through teamwork in activities of self-discovery.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Formación y Liderazgo Empresarial (Training and Business Leadership)

Students will study basic concepts of leadership and develop technical and interpersonal skills Through this course, they will reflect on the importance of leadership as a personal skill and analyze the characteristics of a leader and the demands required of professionals working in management positions. Students will discover their personal potential as a future leader of organizations, recognizing the different styles of management.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Sociedad y Política Contemporánea (Society and Contemporary Politics)

Students will acquire knowledge of and analyze the main processes that took place from the so-called "short century" (twentieth century) to the present day. The course highlights not only the two great global conflagrations, but also the processes of economic crisis and the social and cultural transformations that resulted in the contemporary world. Through reflection, students will develop an understanding of contemporary society, from a historical perspective

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Cultura Urbana Contemporánea (Contemporary Urban Culture)

This course introduces students to the study of the contemporary city. The course will present a fundamentally proactive, investigative, and applied academic modality, based on the study of topics and notable cases within the national and international context. This modular structure will also facilitate the incorporation of teachers from other disciplines of knowledge, in the understanding that the study of the city requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Español como Lengua Extranjera II [B1] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level II [B1]

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B1 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Español como Lengua Extranjera III [B2] (Spanish as a Foreign Language, Level III [B2])

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to communicate orally and in writing in the Chilean Spanish dialect, corresponding to a B2 level, as described in the Reference Framework of the Council of Europe and the Cervantes Institute.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Chilean Identity

This course will explore the concepts of Chilean culture and identity, and inquires about their definitions in anthropology and philosophy. The course contrasts theory with practice. Students will learn to observe cultural phenomena and will conduct ethnographic information gathering.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Development in Latin America

Students will acquire a global perspective of the historic, social, and political phenomena of Latin America through the study of popular revolutions and military dictatorships. Students will develop deep and informed opinions about Latin American problems, through the the analysis of the economic and social patterns that serve as the base of transformation of the great countries of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Pre-Colombian Civilizations

Students will study pre-Columbian civilizations through their different phases of evolution. The course will focus on the Amerindian worldview, through the study of multiple artistic and religious traditions. Students will develop a global vision of the inheritance and legacy of the Amerindian peoples to the current Latin American culture, contrasting it with their own culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 2

Marketing

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Project Development and Control

Students will learn to apply the concepts, fundamentals, tools, and techniques related to Project Management methodologies to the decisional processes used by companies in order to achieve their strategic objectives in the complex environments in which they must operate.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage: the Chilean Perspective

This course is organized and focused on the conceptualization, formulation, and implementation of Strategic Management in organizations. This is done through the exploration of the functions and nature of diverse management actions, decision making, and the fundamental principles that should guide the work of professional managers of today. Hence the student will learn to build from an engineering perspective, competitive advantages with different strategic approaches, and scenarios that are applicable to different organizational levels.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Economy and Management of Natural Resources and Environment

This course is intended for commercial engineering students. Students will explore economic theory and the available instruments of public intervention for the design of effective policies of natural resource management and the environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Specific Projects

This course represents the quantitative synthesis of knowledge in environmental engineering. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to to solve decontamination problems in the real world. Students will learn to solve problems through the analysis and evaluation of the current situation, the improvement of the process minimizing the environmental impact, and the design of environmental control equipment, to comply with the impact regulations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Contact Hours: 3

Misterios y Tradiciones de la Cultura Rapa Nui (Mysteries and Traditions of the Rapa Nui Culture)

This course will introduce students to the origin, development, and cultural and ecological collapse of the Rapa Nui culture. Students will analyze the main challenges facing Easter Island in the present, regarding the management of natural resources, political administration, cultural change, and sustainabilty. They will also become familiar with the issues of cultural identity amongst Easter Island youth and the link with the continent and abroad.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Reciente De Chile: Política, Derechos Humanos y Evolución Cultural (Recent History of Chile: Politics, Human Rights, and Cultural Evolution)

This course is an analysis of the process of democratization and political change. It will consider the economic and social development the country has experienced, especially from the 1950s onward, from a political, economic, social, and cultural perspective. Special focus will be placed on the major processes, speeches, characters, and events that have shaped the recent history of Chile.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 3

Historia Chilena Contemporánea (Contemporary Chilean History)

This course will explore the economic, political, and cultural evolution of Chile, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present. Students will be able to form opinions through the knowledge of contemporary issues and will analyze the diverse crises that the country has experienced in historical terms.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Panorama de las Civilizaciones Actuales (Panorama of Current Civilizations)

Through this course, students will perform an analysis of the different traditions, ways of thinking, and mentalities that have originated throughout history to achieve a better understanding of our contemporary world.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Historia Contemporánea (Contemporary History)

This course will analyze contemporary history, from the early twentieth century to the present. Students will learn about the processes of ruptures, changes, and continuations and reflect critically on the characteristics of this particular time and its effects on the historical present.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Crecimiento y Desarrollo Personal (Growth and Personal Development)

Students will learn the basic concepts of psychology and apply them as they work to development self-knowledge and social integration. Students will recognize and development their potentiality, applying basic psychological concepts, such as personality, the evolutionary cycle of the human being, and social and communication skills. Students will decelop their personal leadership and social skills naturely and creatively, through teamwork in activities of self-discovery.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Formación y Liderazgo Empresarial (Training and Business Leadership)

Students will study basic concepts of leadership and develop technical and interpersonal skills Through this course, they will reflect on the importance of leadership as a personal skill and analyze the characteristics of a leader and the demands required of professionals working in management positions. Students will discover their personal potential as a future leader of organizations, recognizing the different styles of management.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 2  

Sociedad y Política Contemporánea (Society and Contemporary Politics)

Students will acquire knowledge of and analyze the main processes that took place from the so-called "short century" (twentieth century) to the present day. The course highlights not only the two great global conflagrations, but also the processes of economic crisis and the social and cultural transformations that resulted in the contemporary world. Through reflection, students will develop an understanding of contemporary society, from a historical perspective

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Cultura Urbana Contemporánea (Contemporary Urban Culture)

This course introduces students to the study of the contemporary city. The course will present a fundamentally proactive, investigative, and applied academic modality, based on the study of topics and notable cases within the national and international context. This modular structure will also facilitate the incorporation of teachers from other disciplines of knowledge, in the understanding that the study of the city requires a multidisciplinary approach.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Contact Hours: 2

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Semester-long Spanish course available every semester

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.

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

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 25, 2020 - Jul 11, 2020 $11,530 Oct 1, 2019 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Calendar Year Feb, 2020 - Dec, 2019 $22,880 Oct 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Jul, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $10,900 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Academic Year Jul, 2020 - Jul, 2021 $21,980 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Spring Feb 25, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 $11,380 Oct 1, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Calendar Year Feb 25, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $22,680 Oct 1, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Fall Jul 26, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $10,900 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019
Academic Year Jul, 2019 - Jul, 2020 $21,980 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019