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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Chile Valparaiso

Semester: Fall, Spring, or Full Year
Date: Fall: mid-July to mid-December. Spring: Late February to early July.
Offered: Annually
Program Focus: Language Intensive


Successful previous participation on the Dominican Republic: Santiago program or
completion of Spanish 321. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA in language study are required.                                                    

Campus Contacts: 

Freddy Vilches
Assistant Professor of Spanish Language & Literature
ext. 7431


Program Design:
In cooperation with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), Lewis & Clark offers this program at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where students enroll in regular university courses. Includes local excursions as well as a trip to Lake Villarica in the south of Chile. Students live with host families.

Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the two course international studies and overseas study requirements for the Hispanic Studies major, the Foreign Languages Major with Spanish as primary language, and the requirement for the Latin American Studies minor. 

4 courses per semester/16 credits

Following a two-week advanced intensive Spanish language and culture course in Santiago, students receive additional orientation and support during their initial week in Valparaíso. Following orientation, students enroll in regular university courses, at Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, where they can choose from a wide range of course offerings in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. A sampling of the courses and course descriptions are available on the CIEE Courses webpage for the program.

Application Process:
This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to CIEE and will receive a separate notification letter of admittance.  Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials to CIEE. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.

  • General Information

    Passport Details:
    You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

    Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

    Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

    Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

    Fees To Plan For:
    Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
    Passport fees
    Required photographs
    Visa fees
    Immunizations and health exams
    Transportation to city of departure
    Post-program travel


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