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  • Locations: Vina del Mar, Chile
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: International Studies Abroad 1 
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 3
Housing Option: Local host family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Spanish and Portuguese
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Third Party Provider
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Credit Evaluation Required, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Service-Learning
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Jenny Kraft Click here for a definition of this term International Component: In-person
Program Description:

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This program is for students at the advanced levels of Spanish proficiency. Students choose from two of four Ohio State approved courses available per summer session. All courses are held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso and are instructed by host university faculty. Classmates are international students. Students may select from two sets of dates or select a back-to-back option, combining two sessions, including service learning placements in a variety of fields, yielding valuable personal and professional experience.


The Pontifical Catholic University of ValparaÍso (PUCV) is located in downtown ValparaÍso, only blocks away from the new metro and the Pacific Ocean. As one of Chile's most prestigious universities and home to 13,000 students, classes will be held here and taught by PUCV staff.

ValparaÍso or Valpo, as it is known by the locals is located 68 miles northwest of Santiago and serves as Chile's primary commercial harbor. ValparaÍso has very unique layout due to the neighborhoods of the city crawling up the sides of 48 surrounding hills. ValparaÍso's colonial style is very different than the more modern adjacent city of Viña del Mar, which boasts some of the best beaches in the region.


Students will live with a local family. The host family will provide three meals daily. Laundry service is provided once a week.

Ohio State Program Contact

Jenny Kraft

Courses and Credits 

Students have four program options:

1. Summer 1
2. Summer 2
3. Summer 1 + 2
4. Summer 1 + service learning: Summer 1 followed by a 4-week service learning experience (minimum 20-30 maximum hours/week required = Spanish 5797

For every 30 service hours, students will earn 1 semester credit hour of Spanish 5797 (25 service hours per week x 4 weeks = 3.3 semester credit hours of Spanish 5797)

Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
  • Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this prior to submitting their applications.
  • Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
  • Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
 Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy
Please be aware of the following:
  • GPA & OSU course prerequisites determine eligibility; refer to the eligibility section.
  • All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival. Level of testing placement and course enrollment are not guaranteed.
  • Course offerings and equivalencies are subject to change based on student interest and university availability. 
Spanish majors/minors: 
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has reviewed and pre-approved specific courses for this program. Please contact Brooklee Boots (.14) to schedule an appointment to do the following: Non-Spanish majors/minors: 
  • Consult your major advisor regarding course selection and complete the credit evaluation process with the appropriate academic department(s). 
  • Students who wish to earn GE level Spanish credit (SPAN 1101, 1102, 1103 and 2000 level GE courses taught in English) may consult with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Send ISA Credit Verification Form.pdf to Jenny Kraft (.51) to obtain a signature.
You must complete these steps PRIOR to submitting the ISA application.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 Spanish GPA, successfully completed Spanish 3450 and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.

Application instructions:  This application process takes advanced planning.  Students should not plan to start the application process within one week of the deadline due to the number of elements involved.

Applicants are required to submit TWO applications: 
1.  OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
  • An academic reference from a current/recent Ohio State Spanish language instructor is required. Students with no Spanish language course experience at Ohio State may select an Ohio State instructor from the subject of their choice to provide the recommendation.
2. ISA application.
  • IMPORTANT: Students are required to obtain approval from Ohio State via completion of the ISA credit verification form
    (please see "courses and credits" section for additional information) before starting an ISA application
  • ISA requires all applicants to submit a non- refundable deposit of $95 at the time of application.
  • All elements of the ISA application must be completed by the Ohio State deadline. This includes the online application, application supplement (credit verification), official Ohio State transcript, service learning supplement page (if applicable) and resume (if applicable).  Students are advised to order an electronic copy of their transcript and request it to be emailed directly to their ISA Program Manager.  Online order requests may be completed on Buckeyelink under "Academics and Records." 


Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to

Program Costs

Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2023. The ISA program fee includes instruction, volunteer/internship placement, room and meals with a host family, on-site orientation, excursions and transfer from/to the airport. Airfare, books/supplies, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Please review ISA's scholarship page for additional funding opportunities.

Information Sessions 


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country specific safety information) 
Centers for Disease Control: (pre-travel health guidance) 

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 02/15/2021
Rolling Admission 05/14/2021 08/28/2021
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 03/15/2022 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed