La Universidad Austral de Chile, founded in 1954, is located in Valdivia, one of the major cities in Southern Chile and capital of the province of Valdivia, a center of culture and industry. Valdivia offers many attractions for students and tourists, including historical monuments, stone fortresses, surrounding lakes, and volcanoes. The mild climate is favorable because of its close proximity to the sea and the Valdivian temperate rain forest. The campus of the University, situated on the Isla Teja, is linked to Valdivia by a bridge over the Valdivia River and is only minutes away by car from the Plaza of Valdivia. The university is comprised of 10 faculties and 36 professional schools, and its approximately 7,000 students come from all over the country, especially from the southern region.
Academic Program Highlights
The program combines intensive Spanish language training with integrated academic courses, field study and cultural excursions. There are three types of classes available to participants, giving students the opportunity to design their own academic program: Spanish Language (offered at upper intermediate and advanced levels), Interdisciplinary Electives and Direct Enrollment courses. Students can earn 16-24 undergraduate credits per semester, and the language of instruction is Spanish. Students at Sophmore or higher standing with a 2.5 GPA are invited to participate on this program; transcripts and two letters of recommendation are required for admission. Students should have upper-intermediate Spanish language proficiency before entering the program (At least 2 years college-level or the equivalent).
Students live in pensiones (boarding houses) with other Chilean students. Three meals per day are provided at the pensiones. There are several excursions included in the program, including a Mapuche Indian Village, national parks, volcanoes, Puerto Montt, and the Isla Grande de Chiloé.
- Fall: August 6 - December 10
- Spring: March 20 - July 7
- Fall: June 1
- Spring: January 1
Instructional costs abroad, room and board, orientation, program-related excursions, textbooks for language
Airfare $1,200, insurance, local transportation, text-books outside of language training, visa fees.
Study Abroad Advisor
Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
400 East 8th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408
NOTE: All costs and dates are approximate and are based on 1999 information.