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Built on the land of two former estates, the city of Viña del Mar, Chile began in the late 1800s and has grown to become a popular destination for Chileans, Argentines and other tourists from around the world. Often called the “Garden City”, it is known for its beautiful beaches and its active student population. It is a safe and relaxed city where visiting students can study Spanish language and Chilean culture with stunning views as a backdrop to the academic and cultural experience.

API offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Viña del Mar at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI). UAI is ranked #2 business school in Latin America (América Economía), #37 in the QS University Rankings for Latin America (2016), and in the top #200 in the QS World University Rankings for Business & Management Studies (2016).UAI is a private university that was founded in 1988, building upon the academic tradition started by the Escuela de Negocios de Valparaíso in 1953. Enrolling approximately 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, it offers degrees in business, the liberal arts and humanities, engineering, law and the social sciences. The university offers courses designed for international students in both Spanish and English, as well as options to directly enroll in courses with local Chilean students. Students will enjoy the UAI campus in Viña del Mar with its extensive amenities and impressive modern architecture.

“I never felt alone in Chile and that was a result of API giving us the right tools and leading us in the right direction."

Noah H. Bryant University
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    Cultural Activities

    • Empanada cooking class
    • Salsa classes
    • Bike tours
    • Surfing instruction
    • Street art tours
    • Kayaking session
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Viña del Mar have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including volunteering at youth non-profit organizations, working with young children, helping out at homeless shelters, contribute to environmental projects, and participating in mural painting and city beautification projects.

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    Things to Do

    Surfing Viña's great beaches

    Riding horse-drawn carriages

    Visiting botanical gardens

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    Locos (Abalone fish)

    Completo (Chilean hot dog)

    Machas a la Parmesana (seafood dish)

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    Festivals & Holidays

    Festival Internacional de Cancion (February-March)

    Fiestas Patrias (Chilean Independence Day - September 18)

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    University Highlights

    The Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) is ranked #2 business school in Latin America (América Economía), #37 in the QS University Rankings for Latin America (2016), and in the top #200 in the QS World University Rankings for Business & Management Studies (2016).

    UAI also holds the triple crown of business accreditation (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS)

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Julia Nelson

Hometown: Dripping Springs, Texas

Study Abroad (or International) Experience: I had the opportunity to study abroad in summer 2008 in Europe. I was part of a faculty-led program that studied the European Union in France, Germany and Belgium; then I studied French language in Grenoble, France, and finally backpacked around western Europe doing thesis research. I also went abroad there times as a high school student as part of an educational tour program touring France, Spain and Italy.

Education: BA in International Studies from Texas A&M University & M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin

Where is your most favorite travel destination that you’ve been to, and what about that spot impacted your life and your direction?

I have had the opportunity to travel to many exciting countries, such as China, Mexico, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, and several others. In all of my travels, my favorite destinations tend to stand out, not because of the location, but the feeling that I get from being there. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, each destination lives forever with me, impacting my life and decisions in ways that it could take years to figure out. For example, one favorite destination is Paris, which I have have the opportunity to visit many times for work and pleasure. Now, when I travel there, it is not to see every tourist attraction, but to just be and exist in that time and place. Paris is where I realized that I loved travel, and getting lost to explore new places. It has led me to a life in international education, where I hope to help others have that same experience; to be able to live in the moment, but also help shape their future in ways that they cannot yet imagine.

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Alejandra Rojas

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