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Spanish Semester Program

Spanish Semester Program
In 2013, UVM’s Spanish Center became an Accredited and Associated Center of the Cervantes Institute, one of two in all of Chile.

Upon arriving to our center students are given an oral and written exam to determine their language level. Based on their scores they will be eligible to take core Spanish classes and/or and Spanish elective courses. Students with an advanced (C1) level of Spanish can take classes in the Literature and Linguistics Department of the university.

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Program Price: $3150US


Academic Spanish Program

Common European Framework for Languages

The Spanish Center uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to place students in their appropriate levels of Spanish.

The CEFR levels are:

Spanish Core Courses

Regardless of their level, students can choose between the following core courses in Spanish:

The overall objective is to increase speaking and listening skills in Spanish from a communicative approach. Learning takes place through geography, history and culture of Chile. Students are given an overview of Chile allowing them to analyze, understand and compare a Hispanic country with their country of origin.

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Contact Hours: 120
Credits: 8
ECTS: 10
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2

Through various teaching techniques, students will be able to increase their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish. At the advanced level, students will learn how to redact professional documents such as e-mails, formal letters, and their resumes.

Contact Hours: 96
Credits: 6
ECTS: 8
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2

This course focuses on the development of oral language skills to produce standard Spanish at every level. Students learn to analyze contrastive phonetic systems of Spanish and their native language to eliminate the interference of the latter.

Contact Hours: 42
Credits: 3
ECTS: 4
Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2.

*Please, be aware that course availability is subject to change as there is a minimum required of students per class.

Spanish Elective Courses

Students with an intermediate level of Spanish or higher (B1-B2), can choose among the following electives that are dictated in Spanish for international students.

In this course the students will learn the different genres, trends and musical movements in Chile form 1950 to the present.  We will study, in depth, popular music as a social expression representing different societal manifestations.

We will consider songs as a way to explain contemporary Chilean history from the sensitivity of the music and the poetry of the lyrics. We will interpret the lyrics of songs within their historical contexts as a way to represent Chilean society and we will draw a parallel with the popular music from the students´ countries of origin.

The question to resolve will be whether popular music represents society or if it´s the society that is identified with popular music.

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Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

This course reviews and explains the political, economic, cultural, and security of individual Latin American states, highlighting issues such as governance, political organization, production, markets, income distribution and intra-and interstate conflict. The course also examines the similarities and differences between the Latin American region, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

This course introduces students to international and Chilean intercultural communication studies focusing on the origin of the cultures to achieve greater understanding of differences and similarities of each culture.

Contact Hours: 32
Credits: 2
ECTS: 3
Spanish Level Required: B1

The feminist movement is one of today´s most important social forces.  Through this course students will learn about the feminist movement in Chile, beginning with the theory behind it, its definitions and concepts, leading up to the redemption of women´s rights.

We will analyze how the feminist movement has developed in Chile in an historical and cultural context dominated by a patriarchal, machista society.  Our resources will be the feminist speech and the response from the political world, feminism and machismo representation in the art, culture, music, poetry, popular culture, demonstrations and protests.

The question we will try and answer is:  Can the feminist movement represent the multiple numerous problems in today´s society:  human rights, environment, racism, discrimination, etc.?

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

A look at the history of the indigenous people that inhabited and inhabit national territory, with an emphasis on the Mapuche people (at present, the most important).  We will analyze the relationship between the State and the Chilean people and the Mapuche people and the current day conflicts (land and culture).

We will learn about the culture, language, thoughts, world view, and above all, the relationship between the indigenous people and nature.  We will discover how this way of life allows for survival in today´s world and how it can be an alternative solution to present day problems.

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

Latin Americans seek their identity through art. This allows them to integrate a vision about themselves and their world. This course provides not only an historical, but also cultural and cinematographic approach to Latin America. Since each Latin American country has its own distinctive culture, cross-cultural issues can be seen in their cinema. The cinematic approach, therefore, will be multicultural in nature: it will include films made by artists from Chile, England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. This multicultural perspective is favourable as it reveals through each of its depictions the notions of self and otherness in regards to Latin America.

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

This course aims to give its students a thorough overview of Latin American literature, both narrative and poetry. From the mid-20th century onwards, authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, and Pablo Neruda reinvigorated the Spanish language by scoping its presence within the Latin American identity and bringing its otherness into the Spanish speaking worldview. This linguistic revolution, however, was not based solely on the work of male authors. The Chilean writer Maria Luisa Bombal spearheaded a feminist narrative wave which articulated for the first time the desires and longing of the urban modern Latin American woman, through a female voice constantly silenced by the male-centered reality. Thus, this course’s thematic approach seeks to illustrate the creative richness within the Latin American worldview.

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

The objective of this course is to analyze collective action and social commitment in order to understand the special characteristics of Latin American mobilizations. Students will learn about various social movements, how a global justice discourse is developed along with how to evaluate various social problems. This course will provide the opportunity to question the notions of “revolution”, “citizenship” and “democracy.” Once students understand the basis of how social movements are created, they will learn to analyze contemporary issues that cut across Latin America.

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

Popular Culture represents everything that is not necessarily found on the pages of books or academic studies. Starting with understanding the concepts “culture” and “popular” students will learn how Popular Culture is represented in Chile through different artistic expressions, customs and social behaviors.

In this course we will analyze the effects of the dictatorship (1973-1990) in Popular Culture and in Chilean society, making a comparison between before, during and after the dictatorship.

The problem to be resolved is: how does the traditional popular culture (before 1973) influence current day Chile (modern, neo liberal, globalized)? We will try and discover the answer to this question through the observation of graffiti, hip-hop music, poetry, popular festivals, publicity, social movements and other contemporary artistic expressions.

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Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

This course reviews and explains the political, economic, cultural and social aspects of Latin American states. It highlights issues of governance, political organization, production, markets, income distribution and interstate conflict. The course will also examine the similarities and differences between the Latin American region and the world.

Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

In this course we will look at the political history of 20th century Chile and analyze it’s impact on society.  Historical resources and testimonies will be analyzed along with artistic expressions (poetry, literature, films, music) that will help us understand the different ways in which political and social conflicts are represented in the 20th Century.

The main objective is to understand present-day Chile through the past.  In other words, bring the past to the present in order to comprehend the current unrest.

The question will be focused on, and with special emphasis on, the current situation that Chile has been facing since October 2019, in order to comprehend the characteristics of the political, social and economic conflicts, their causes and origins, unresolved issues and challenges for the future.

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Contact Hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

A look at the history and the present of Latin America along with the revolutionary processes, from the Spanish Conquest to the present, through movies and protest songs as a means of expression and source of information.

Students will be able to learn about the origins and the development of political, social and cultural processes characteristic of the different revolutionary movements, in a domestic context, in order to understand the current situation of Latin America in a global context.

The question of this course is: Do the current conditions in Latin America tend to lean toward a new revolution?

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Contact hours: 64
Credits: 4
ECTS: 5
Spanish Level Required: B1

*Please, be aware that course availability is subject to change as there is a minimum required of students per class.

Requirements

No previous knowledge of Spanish is required for students to participate in the Spanish Center classes, as we offer courses starting from the beginner level. 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.

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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.

Organizations

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

Options:

  • 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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