Universidad Viña del Mar

Semester in English Program


Semester in English Program

UVM’s fee-paying Academic Semester in English Program allows non-Spanish speakers the opportunity to experience the Latin American and Chilean cultures while earning academic credits in courses taught in English.

This program is designed for students enrolled or interested in one of the following academic areas: General Studies, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences and Business. Each course has 64 contact hours which are usually the equivalent to 4 US credits or 5 ECTS according to American and European standards.

In addition to these English courses, students are encouraged to take at least one Spanish Language and Chilean Culture class to improve their language skills and learn about their host country. These courses are offered through our in-house Spanish Center, which is accredited by the Cervantes Institute in Spain.

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Program Price: $3700US


For students whose native language is not English, is required to include certification that they have an advanced level (B2). This certification can be a written letter from the English department of their home university addressed to our office.

The UVM respects the home university’s requirements regarding the maximum and minimum courses a student should take while abroad.

We invite all students to talk with their academic advisors in their home universities about how many credits they should take while studying with the UVM in order to maintain their full-time student status. International students should also speak with their advisors to understand how their grades and credits will transfer back.

In general, we understand that US students must take between 12-16 credits per semester, while European students normally have to complete 30 ECTS.

Volunteer Program

Students contribute to the local community through volunteering at least two hours a week in one of the NGO’s or Non-profit organizations associated with University. In addition, students must participate in a weekly workshop, dictated in English.

The volunteer program ends its semester with a closing activity where students along with the teacher plan an activity at one of the participating organizations.

  • Students must commit to completing a minimum of 2 hours of volunteering per week
  • Students will receive a participation certificate

In the orientation week students will have more information and the access to apply.


Foundation helps preserve native flora, with an emphasis on those species with conservation problems to ensure continuity.


  • Gardening
  • Nursery
  • Seed Collecting

Address: Calle Camino El Olivar 305, Viña del Mar https://goo.gl/maps/nf6n3nf6J4m

Volunteers will help English teachers with classroom activities and help Chilean students with their listening skills in English.

Paul Harris Address: Av. Viña del Mar 210, Forestal Viña del Mar: https://goo.gl/maps/crWDkkwnavr

Teodoro Lowey Address: José Miguel Carrera 1679, Recreo, Viña del Mar https://goo.gl/maps/oWBgUyVoP542

A nonprofit institution dedicated to serving children and young adults with multiple and severe disabilities.

The patients are between the ages of 2 – 27 years and live permanently in the hospital where they receive 24 hour care from a specialized staff.

Top floor of the hospital has a nursing home where volunteers can spend time with the elderly residents who live there permanently.

Students interested of this organization must have a B2 of Spanish or higher

Address: Avenida Atlántico Nº 4050 – 3º Sector- Gómez Carreño, Viña del Mar https://goo.gl/maps/eWRzvqHQHKw

Organization that uses surfing as a tool to encourage the following:

  • English language skills
  • Personal character development
  • Environmental consciousness among underprivileged and at-risk youth in Valparaiso

Address: 101 Garibaldi, Cerro La Cruz, Valparaíso: https://goo.gl/maps/PJrSq6Yyt2N2

Prepare your stay
Handbook: Tips for a Successful Study Abroad Experience

This is the first step in your journey abroad! We are here to help prepare you for your upcoming adventure. Not only will you be putting your academic studies into practice in an international setting, but you will also have the chance to explore the beauty of the country and experience the Chilean lifestyle!

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