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IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Valparaíso

Program Location Valparaíso/Viña del Mar, Chile
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34003
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Housing
Program Costs Financial Aid
Deadline Returnee Info


The twin cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar are located on the Chilean coast. Lying 74 miles northwest of Santiago, Valparaíso is Chile's principal port and second-largest city. Despite its size, it is the country's most distinctive city and one of South America's most intriguing.

Occupying a narrow strip of land between the waterfront and the nearby hills, its convoluted center has distinctive, sinuous cobbled streets, and is overlooked by precipitous cliffs and hilltop suburbs which are accessed by funicular railways and stairway footpaths. It truly is a rabbit warren of a place, which probably only a lifetime resident could completely fathom. It is conducive to maze-like strolls and rides on the funicular, and its natural history, fine arts and maritime museums are justly famed.

Viña del Mar is Chile's premier beach resort. Situated 6 miles north of Valparaíso, Viña del Mar is popularly known as the Garden City because of its manicured subtropical landscape of palm and banana trees. Horse-drawn carriages trot past attractive turn-of-the-century mansions on both river and beach frontages. Other attractions are the white-sand beaches, numerous parks and notable museums housed in restored mansions. The town is also the home of Chile's national botanical garden, comprising 151 acres of native and exotic plants.

Chile has the distinction of being the longest and narrowest country on earth and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Andes on the east. Chile's many national parks are home to a variety of unusual animals, including the protected vicuña, flamingos, pelicans, otters, and sea lions. The southern tip of Chile plays host to large colonies of penguins.

The approximate dates for this program are Feb.-July or July-Dec.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Valparaíso

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least four semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY, & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.


This program typically includes the following: 

Arrival and orientation

  • Airport pick-up for group flight travelers
  • 10-day on-site orientation: Includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Welcome meal
  • Transportation to host family

Day trips

  • Valparaíso tour
  • Curacavi, Pomaire, Isla Negra
  • Historical tour of Santiago


  • 4-day trip to La Serena

Housing is with a carefully selected host families in beautiful Viña del Mar, just ten minutes from Valparaíso. The program fee includes three meals per day.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

"Program fee" includes tuition, 21 meals per week, orientation, academic advising services, optional excursions, student union fees at the overseas university, & International Student Identity Card.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2018

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$12,795.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,600.00
Local Transportation$600.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,700.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Valparaíso

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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