IFSA-Chilean Universities Program in Valparaíso

Program Details

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
Past Dates
Fall 2022 07/27/22 to 12/16/22
Spring 2022 02/22/22 to 07/02/22
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Situated between the mountains and the sea, Valparaíso's cobbled streets and Victorian houses provide a unique setting to examine the economic and psychological factors that create Latin American politics. The city is famous for its charm and picture-perfect views, not to mention the passionate and edgy art scene and politically active student body.

Program highlights include:

  • Outstanding academics and unparalleled flexibility in course choice
  • Study in Lonely Planet's top country for "Best in Travel" in 2018.
  • Live like a local - take university classes integrated with Chilean students and live with a host family
  • Pair up with a language partner for further conversational practice
  • Access to academic tutors throughout the semester
  • Give back to the community through many volunteer opportunities

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

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: HK, PSY, PUBH, & 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.

Academic Program

The Chilean Universities Program allows you to enroll in classes at two different universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Universidad Santa María. In addition, IFSA offers a class built around community engagement. This exclusive class, taught in English by local professors, is intended to provide you with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today.

All students will either take a 1-credit Essential Spanish course (for students with no prior Spanish and who do not enroll in a 3-credit Spanish course) or enroll in the appropriate beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-credit Spanish course. 

The remainder of courses will be chosen from the offerings of the universities listed above and may be taught in English or Spanish.

Students may also participate in community-based learning or volunteering which places them with a local non-profit organization. 

For more information on courses, please click here and click on the academics tab.


This program typically includes the following (exact activities and excursions subject to change):

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
In addition to excursions, students on this program can also take advantage of the following opportunities:


As part of IFSA’s Communities in Action class, students will contribute roughly five hours per week in service of a local community organization in Valparaíso or Viña del Mar, supported by a faculty expert in community development and public policy issues. Previous community engagement examples include:

  • NODO Valpo offers artistic and cultural workshops and events, as well as community outreach and collaboration with local communities and schools, on artistic and heritage preservation projects. IFSA students work on NODO's social networking team and/or assist with event production.
  • Alimapu Psicoambiente works with Valparaíso schools and neighborhood groups on environmental education projects and sustainable community development. IFSA students assist with projects involving water re-utilization, recycling, community gardens, and outreach efforts.
  • OCR Casa Club promotes the community inclusion and psychosocial rehabilitation of adults with mental health diagnosis in Valparaíso’s Playa Ancha neighborhood. IFSA students assist professionals with arts and recreational workshops and public outreach to destigmatize this population.
  • Minga Valpo offers arts and recreation workshops to neighborhood children in its sustainably-built Ludoteca in Cerro Merced, one of seven Valparaíso hills affected by a 2014 mega-fire. IFSA students assist with arts, gardening and cooking workshops, and program development. 
  • Valpo Surf Project provides surfing classes, conservation projects, and English classes to youth from low-resource communities in Valparaíso. IFSA students assist with weekly surf group outings (no-previous surfing experience needed) and conservation projects. 


IFSA Valparaíso organizes non-credit bearing volunteer opportunities throughout the semester, usually as one-time activities or events. On occasion, more sustained involvement may be possible. Opportunities vary, but may be available in areas such as arts, recreation, environmental education, mental health, community outreach, etc.


This program offers homestay or apartment housing options.

Your homestay will be arranged with a carefully selected host family. Only one student is housed per family for maximum cultural and language integration. The program fee includes three meals per day and laundry access.

If choosing apartment housing, there is no meal plan. You will purchase your meals or cook for yourself. Apartments may be shared by IFSA, Chilean, and/or other international students.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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, 3 meals per day, 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 2021

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $13,225.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.00
Housing $3,250.00
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 $1,700.00
Local Transportation $210.00
Visa $210.00
Books and Supplies $60.00
Meals $150.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $915.00
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 online 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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.