"Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica"
(liberal arts) Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso fall / spring / academic year / calendar year art / biological sciences / business / chilean studies / education / engineering and technology / environmental studies / geography / history / latin american studies legal studies / literature / music / philosophy / psychology / religion / spanish language / theology program snapshot what you’ll learn • Gain an understanding of Chile through CIEE courses that focus on Chilean The Liberal Arts program enables students to gain firsthand knowledge of contem- heritage, identity, literature, cinema, and history; get a language partner porary issues and cultural patterns, helping them better understand Chilean society • Take advantage of community service and volunteer opportunities, including and develop a critical appreciation of Chilean history and identity. This is accom- working in local schools, shelters, and nongovernmental organizations plished through CIEE courses, cultural activities, and excursions. The program also • Participate in educational field trips to Pucón and Santiago de Chile, as well as meets the academic needs of students through regular course matriculation at the in cultural and educational activities, including city tours, concerts, museums, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). In addition, the program aims theater performances, soccer matches, and a visit to a rural community to help students perfect their Spanish language skills through daily interaction in the local community and through volunteer opportunities. 41 Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile (liberal arts) thoughts from abroad academics Valparaíso, ciudad puerto, ubicada a una hora y media de Academic Program The CIEE Study Center in Valparaíso and Viña semesters. There is a break of about two weeks between the (North American) spring Santiago es bañada y perfumada constantemente por el del Mar, Chile began welcoming participants and fall semesters. in 1997. It is an attractive option for several Océano Pacifico. En esta ciudad se entremezcla el presente reasons, including the academic offerings Nature of Classes y el pasado, conviven armoniosamente lo antiguo con lo mod- available at PUCV, as well as the student- Participants enroll directly in host univer- friendly nature of both Valparaíso and Viña sity courses and take classes with Chilean erno, y lo real con lo bohemio. Valparaíso con sus sinuosas del Mar. The program is intended for stu- students. In addition, participants enroll in escaleras les permiten estar en contacto con lo simple y lo dents who have at least six semesters of specially designed CIEE courses that are college-level Spanish or the equivalent, and taught in Spanish to CIEE students only. cotidiano de sus habitantes. Son estas escaleras junto con are looking for a program that permits direct Spanish language courses are taught to CIEE sus funiculares que llevan al centro de la ciudad y conectan enrollment with Chilean university students, and other international students by PUCV. along with provides personalized instruc- con sus cerros. Valparaíso es también poesía ya que uno de tion and support through both academic CIEE Community Language Commitment los más grandes poetas de nuestra historia, Pablo Neruda, and non-academic activities. Given the ar- ray of disciplines and courses available to Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish construyó una de sus tres casas en el cerro Bellavista. participants, the program is suitable for un- at all times (except in emergencies). This fos- dergraduate students with strong Spanish ters a learning community that contributes Valparaíso se une con la ciudad balneario llamada Viña del language skills from a variety of majors. All courses are taught in Spanish. to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Chilean society. Mar, conocida también como la Ciudad Jardín. Viña es famosa Academic Culture Grading System por sus extensos jardines y playas con modernas construc- Average class size is 20 to 30 students, and Assessment for CIEE courses is based on ciones, variados restaurantes y clubes nocturnos. Al interior CIEE students may be the only foreigners in class participation and writing assignments. some fields of study. The teaching style tends In PUCV courses, students are treated the de la región también pueden encontrar apacibles lugares to be lecture format, with emphasis placed same as Chilean students; final grades are para aquellos que les gusta la vida al aire libre. Te invitamos on memorization and note-taking. It can take usually determined by a combination of writ- awhile to learn how to study effectively in the ten and oral assignments and a final paper a conocer el programa de CIEE Valparaíso. Chilean system, especially in terms of acquir- or examination. The Chilean grading scale is ing reading material and knowing what the from one to seven, with four being a passing professor expects. Chilean classmates are grade. The CIEE office in Chile translates all — Marcia Vera, Resident Director often an excellent source of help. transcripts and converts grades and credits to the U.S. system according to a standard University life is quite different in Chile com- scale that includes A, B, C, D, or F, with pluses pared to the United States, since the Chilean and minuses. university is primarily a professional school. While CIEE students have the opportunity to Grades for the U.S. spring semester should study in almost every department, this is not arrive at the students’ home campuses in the case for Chilean students, who study in mid-September and in early March for the one discipline area exclusively. U.S. fall semester. Graduating seniors or oth- ers concerned about the timing of receiving The academic year program includes two se- grades need to take this into consideration mesters of study and can begin either during About the Resident Director when choosing this program. the North American fall or spring semester. Marcia Vera received her B.A. from PUCV in English Language and Literature. Before joining Academic year students who begin their stud- CIEE, she worked as Program Director of International Abroad (ITA)-Chile at PUCV International ies during the North American fall semester Programs. In addition, Marcia was an International Counselor at a YMCA branch in Pennsylvania. have a nearly three-month break between She also teaches international students Spanish conversation and Chilean culture at PUCV. In addition to Spanish language acquisition, her academic focus is in gender and culture studies. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Gender and Culture at the Universidad de Chile. About Other CIEE Staff Dr. Haydee Ahumada, Academic Director, teaches the core course and helps students with course selection and academic support. She has a Ph.D. in literature from PUCV and a post- graduate title in Gender and Cultural Studies from the Universidad de Chile. Dr. Ahumada is a literature professor at both PUCV and the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, and her research interests focus on the Spanish exiles in Latin America and their literary production. In addition, the CIEE Resident Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Program Assistant help students with homestay placements, volunteer opportunities, and cultural activities. about valparaíso and viña del mar where you’ll study Valparaíso and its twin city of Viña del Mar are located on the Pacific coast, just two The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso is ranked among the top regional hours by bus from Santiago. Valparaíso is a port city, housing the Chilean Congress, universities in Chile. In 2003, it received its designation as a “Pontificia,” a distinc- and Viña del Mar is a modern resort city, with shops, beaches, and recreational tion given to Catholic universities by the Vatican. The University has campuses in facilities, as well as a residential area. The two cities each consist of 600,000 both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar and offers more than 50 undergraduate and 30 inhabitants, of which more than 60,000 are university students. With affordable postgraduate degrees. Of the 13,000 students at PUCV, only three percent are mass transportation between the two cities, students find them friendly locations international students, giving CIEE participants a great opportunity to immerse in which to live and study. themselves in the Chilean higher education system. 42 (liberal arts) Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile living Housing and Meals Students live with Chilean host families, many of whom are located in Viña del Mar and some in Valparaíso. The sister cities are very close to one another, and PUCV has faculty buildings in both cities. Housing is consid- ered an integral part of the immersion into Chilean life. Housing and three meals a day are included in the program fee. Academic year students on the July-to-July program are responsible for housing and meals during the three-month break from early December through late February. Calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the two-week break. Online Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientations Students begin their study abroad experi- ence in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar before even leaving home—by participating in a CIEE Online Pre-Departure Orientation. Meeting with students online, the Resi- dent Director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that eligibility volunteer costs alumni have said are important, and giving students time to ask any questions before • Overall GPA 2.75 Non-credit volunteer work allows students CIEE Fees leaving home. The online orientation allows • 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or to obtain a comprehensive understand- Fall 2009: $10,920 students to connect with others in the group, equivalent ing of Chilean culture and society through Spring 2010: available 8/15/09 reflect on what they want to get out of the • Spanish language course within the past their own personal experiences, as well Academic Year 2009–10: $20,500 program, and learn what others in the group year recommended as experiences outside of the classroom. Calendar Year 2010: available 8/15/09 would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for CIEE facilitates these opportunities in vari- The CIEE fees for 2009–10 include tuition, the pre-departure orientation is simple: to ous schools, shelters, and organizations housing, all meals, an optional on-site airport help students understand more about the throughout Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. meet and greet, full-time leadership and sup- program and site, as well as their goals port, orientation, such immersion activities for the program, so that they arrive to the as language partners and volunteer opportu- program well-informed and return home duration culture nities, a comprehensive student handbook, having made significant progress toward pre-departure advising, scheduled activities, their goals. field trips, host institution identity card, and Fall Cultural Activities and Field Trips The mandatory three-day orientation is 21 weeks: mid-July–early December The program includes visits to sites of a CIEE iNext travel card, which includes insur- held in the region of Valparaíso. Students historical and cultural importance in ance and other travel benefits. are introduced to the country, culture, and Spring Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, including to academic program and are provided practi- 21 weeks: late February–mid-July museums in the region, to La Sebastiana Estimated Additional Costs cal information about living in Chile. Ongoing (the home of Nobel poetry winner Pablo (Fall 2009) Academic Year support is provided on an individual and 52 weeks: mid-July–mid-July Neruda), and to tour the Chilean National group basis throughout the program. Congress. Transportation $ 1,600 Calendar Year (round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure) 45 weeks: late February–early December In addition, there are two weekend excur- Personal Expenses $ 2,000 Internet sions each semester. Last year, students Books and Supplies $ 200 Students have access to email and the Inter- visited Pucón, an eco-tourism center on Local Transportation $ 720 net at the Foreign Students Office of PUCV, Lake Villarica in the south of Chile, where Visa Fee $ 200 the CIEE office in Viña del Mar, and at the they visited and participated in the daily Total Estimated Additional Costs $ 4,720 abundant and inexpensive Internet cafés life of a Mapuche community and took in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. As a result, advantage of the many outdoor activities Check our website for current fees. students are encouraged to bring wireless- for which the region is known. The second enabled laptops. excursion varies due to seasonal weather factors and available current attractions. In the past, students have participated in guided tours in Santiago, a walking tour of the historical part of the capital of Chile, guided visits to the Pre-Colombian Museum of Palacio Cousino, a tour of the copper mine El Teniente and historic mining vil- lage nearby, among other educational and cultural activities. 43 Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile (liberal arts) coursework courses Program Requirements All students are required to enroll in one of the three CIEE required courses: Contemporary Required CIEE Courses Hispano-American Short Stories; Geographic Cultural History of Chile: Construction of a Na- Student must choose one of the following courses: tion; and Valparaíso: History, Cinema, and Literature. Students may enroll in a maximum of two CIEE courses. In addition, students enroll in three or four courses offered at PUCV. HIST 3001 VALP Geographic Cultural History of Chile: Construction of a Nation CIEE students can take no more than two 2-credit general University courses. Academic year Through the four thematic concepts of identity, nation, society, and economy, this course or continuing students are not required to take a CIEE course during their second semester. analyzes the social and political processes that marked the construction of the Chilean na- tion from the pre-Columbian era until the first half of the 20th Century. These four themes Credit are considered as students are asked to deepen their analysis and understanding of the Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–20 semester/24–30 quarter hours and roots of the Chilean nation and their impact on contemporary Chilean society, with a focus for the year is 32–40 semester/48–60 quarter hours. PUCV courses range from 2–5 semes- on a specific local geographic space characteristic of Chile. Contact hours: 60 Recommended ter/3–7.5 quarter hours each. This designation is based on the number of hours students credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructor: Dr. Claudia Montero theoretically need to dedicate to the course, both in and out of the classroom. General introductory courses, worth 2 credits, meet at least once a week and are open to students LAST 3006 VALP from all disciplines. Valparaíso: History, Cinema, and Literature Upper-level university courses are usually 45 hours and can range from 3 to 5 credits This course explores the city of Valparaíso from three different perspectives: history, the depending on how much outside academic work is required. cinema, and literature as cultural productions that have been developed as an artistic repre- sentation in the national and international context. These themes allow students to explore a Language of Instruction theoretical framework within which to analyze texts, documents, novels, and movies, help- Spanish ing them acquire a deeper awareness of Valparaíso. Coursework is combined with participa- tion in discussions, experiential activities, and independent research work. Contact hours: Faculty 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructors: Dr. Haydee Ahumada, All courses are taught by PUCV faculty. Claudia Montero, and guest lecturers LITT 3001 VALP Contemporary Hispano-American Short Stories This course immerses students in Hispano-American short stories written in the latter half of the 20th Century, with a focus on the analysis and discussion of new trends and issues in Latin America narrative. Famous authors including Julio Cortazar, Borges, Monterroso, Dono- so, and Garcia Marquez, among others, are studied in depth. Coursework is combined with experiential activities and independent research work. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Instructors: Dr. Haydee Ahumada and guest lecturers Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) Courses Language Courses Advanced Spanish Communication and Chilean Culture This course emphasizes oral and written communication through learning about Chilean cul- ture in texts and oral presentations. The purpose of the class is to improve the intercultural ability of the student. Contact hours: 90. Recommended credit: 4 credits/6 quarter hours. Advanced Spanish Grammar This course emphasizes the morphological aspects of Spanish grammar, reinforcing them through reading and writing assignments and analyzed in communicative contexts. The students improve their grammatical competence of Spanish as a second language. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester/6 quarter hours. Advanced Spanish Writing This course is designed to help those students who already have a strong command of the Spanish language reinforce their Spanish writing skills, especially their ability to compose essays for the academic setting. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours. Other PUCV Disciplines The University offers a wide range of courses in many disciplines including, agronomy, ar- chitecture, biology, business administration, chemistry, engineering, environmental scienc- es, fine arts, foreign languages, geography, journalism, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, theater, and zoology. The following list is a representative sampling of courses available at PUCV and a listing of some of the more popular courses taken by in- ternational students at PUCV. Syllabi are available upon request. Students may enroll in any courses for which they meet the prerequisites. All course selections are made in consulta- tion with the resident staff and a designated staff person from the University. Not all courses are available every semester. The reality of the academic system in Chile is such that course listings and course availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of Uni- versity classes in a given semester. The final list of courses is available during orientation. 44 (liberal arts) Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile Arts International Relations Art Theory Modern History of Chile Basic Concepts of Cinematic Language Pre-Columbian Cultures Cinematic Directors State Formation in Latin America Contemporary Theater Workshop Urban History and Regional History of Valparaíso Dialogue/Counterpoint in Western Arts Drawing Workshop Law Latin American Texts and Images International Politics Performing Arts Workshop I, II Seminar on Poem Creations Literature and Spanish Space and the Performing Arts Chilean and Hispanic American Literature I, II, III Urban Space Chilean Theater in the 20th Century Classic Spanish Literature I, II Biology and Natural Sciences Contemporary Spanish Literature I, II Ecology Dialectology Environmental Education: Social Compromise Greek and Latin American Etymology Environmental Impact Medieval Spanish Literature Introduction to Oceanography Oral and Written Expression Man and the Sea Phonetics and Phonology Marine Biology Spanish Stylistics (Linguistics) Marine Pollution Textual Linguistics Oceanography Our Sea Psychology Anthropology Business Developmental Psychology Accounting I, II, III Education Psychology I, II Organization Theory General Psychology Human Communication Theory Business and Commercial Engineering Social Psychology I, II Business Administration I, II Sports Psychology and Sociology Consumer Behavior Human Resource Management Religion International Economy Biotechnology and Bioethics Introduction to Economic and Financial Decision Making Culture and Gospel Introduction to Economy Ethics and Meaning in the Modern Culture Macroeconomics I, II Hinduism and Christianity Marketing I, II Interpersonal Relationships: Anthropological Perspective Marketing and Service Inter-Religious Dialogues Microeconomics I, II Introduction to the History of the Religious Political Economy Origins of Christianity Social Organization Psalms Sexuality and Ethics Education Studying the Prophets Adolescent Psychology Child Psychology Development and Learning Psychology Environmental Education Family and Sexuality Folkloric Dances Mountain Sports Traditional Chilean Dances Traditional Chilean Indigenous Sports Geography Geo-Ecology of Chile Geography of Latin America Introduction to Mountaineering Meteorology Social Geography Universal Demographics Urban and Rural Geography Workshop: Geographical Environment of Latin America History Chilean Art and Society in the Pre-Hispanic Era Chilean Independence and State Formation The Construction of Collective Memory General Anthropology Historical Formation of Hispanic American Culture History of Chile I, II History of Chilean Art History of Chile: Colonization History of Contemporary Art History of Contemporary Thought History of 20th Century Latin America 45