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Office of International Studies and Programs

CCIS Valdivia, Chile: Universidad Austral de Chile

Location:Valdivia, Chile
Terms:Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
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Subjects: Cultural Studies, Film & Video Studies, History, Latino & Latin American Studies, Literature, Political Science, Spanish Language
Eligibility:2 - Sophomores
3 - Juniors
4 -Seniors

Minimum GPA:

Program Type:Study Abroad


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Universidad Austral de Chile – Semester/Year

Boats in ChileValdivia, Chile

Valdivia is a thriving, regional center of southern Chile and only a 10-minute drive inland from the Pacific Ocean. A charming, accessible city at the joining of three rivers, Valdivia was a strategic outpost of the Spanish Empire in the 1500s. After independence, German immigrants strongly influenced the region's culture, still visible in the local architecture. Valdivia is a compact, walkable city with numerous cultural offerings, a daily fish and farmer's market on the downtown riverfront, and a nearby airport linking the region to Santiago and the north, Punta Arenas and the south, and the Andes and Argentina to the east.Students attend classes at the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), located on an island near the center of Valdivia. All courses are designed for students with intermediate or higher Spanish-language abilities, and are taught in Spanish by UACh faculty. Participants will be able to take classes in Latin American history, literature, culture, and film. Full-year students are eligible to enroll in regular university classes during their second semester.

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