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Culture Intensive Spanish Program (CISP), Chile - Summer
Arica, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Cost: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Major: Spanish, Spanish -Teaching, TESOL/Spanish -Teaching
Language of Instruction:
Work/Internship: No Credit Level: Undergraduate
Income Opportunities: No Instructor-led: No
Capstone: No
Program Description:

UTA chile banderaThe pace of Arica is simply delightful. It's warm and sunny year-round, there's a cool pedestrian mall to flip-flop around come sunset and decent brown-sugar beaches are just a short walk from the town center. Top this off with some kick-ass surf breaks and a cool cliff-top War of the Pacific battlefield at El Morro, and you may just stay another day or two before you head up to nearby Parque Nacional Lauca or take an afternoon off from 'beach duty' to visit the Azapa Valley, home to some of the world's oldest known mummies. See Lonely Planet's website for more exciting details about Arica, Chile!
Program Location

Arica is located in the northernmost part of Chile, right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The area has a number of anthropological research sites of ancient societies of the Aymara and the Atacama people. The university is the custodian of the rich remains of mummies, pottery, textiles, and religious evidence of these cultures. Often called "the city of everlasting spring", Arica has mild winters and hot summers.

People enjoy water sports like surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, diving, and other outdoor recreational activities. Because of its central location near Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru, Arica is a very good place to start traveling in the region. The Incan site of Machu-Picchu in Peru, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, the jungles of Brazil, and the northern steppes of Argentina are all within the traveler's reach.


The university is located in Arica, Chile, and was established in 1982 by merging the local branches of the University of Chile and the Catholic University.

It has five faculties: Agriculture; Business and Social Sciences; Natural Sciences (Nursing, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical Technology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology); Engineering, and Education & Humanities (Physical Education, History, English, Geography). The Agronomy Institute, located in the Azapa Valley, carries out research on desert agriculture. The language of instruction is Spanish with the exception of the English department.

Academic Program

cisp 2014-2The University of Tarapaca offers a summer Culture and Intensive Spanish Program (CISP). The session normally runs through June and July (8 weeks). The summer program includes three Spanish classes (9 UNI credit hours). Possible course options (for undergraduate credit) include:

(SPAN 3050, 3 credits) - Written Communication
(SPAN 3020 or SPAN 3052, 3 credits) - Latin American Culture and Civilization or Contemporary Hispanic Culture
(SPAN 3004, 3 credits) - Introduction to Hispanic Literature

Participants of the CISP program must complete SPAN 2002: Oral & Written prior to starting the program.

If students have a sufficient level of Spanish, they may stay through the fall semester and enroll in university classes with Chilean students, although most UNI students focus on Spanish language or TESOL studies. The usual semester load is four or five classes a week.

Accommodations and Meals

familia 14Homestays with local Ariqueño families are prearranged by the in-country coordinator. The accommodations will include a private room and three meals a day. The family placement will be arranged by submitting a host family letter in Spanish and English to ensure the best family match.

Students will have the opportunity to specify any allergies to food or pets, preference of large or small families, and any other details that may make your family experience as accommodating as possible. The majority of the families in Arica speak little to no English, allowing for an authentic immersion experience and a better opportunity for UNI students to practice and apply their Spanish language skills.

Program Costs

playa 14The approximate cost is $3,900 (not including airfare). The following is Included in the program fee:
  • Tuition & fees for 9 credits
  • Spanish language instruction
  • Spanish language assessment on arrival
  • Host family accommodation with three meals + laundry
  • Orientation session
  • Course materials (books, packets, etc.)
  • Airport transfers & transportation from airport in Tacna, Peru to Arica (arrival) and from Arica to Tacna (departure)
  • 2 day excursion to Lauca National Park - NOTE: high altitude area
  • Afternoon tour to Historical Museum & Anthropological Museum in Azapa Valley
  • Afternoon tour of Historical Arica
  • 1 day excursion to Tacna, Peru
  • Internet/Computer Lab at UTA
  • Certificate of studies
NOT included in the price:
  • Optional trip to Machu Picchu 5 days (approx. $600)
  • Airfare* & travel documents (passport, etc.)
*The airfare is usually arranged through group contract to insure safe arrival and pick-up together (most will depart as a group as well).
Tales From Abroad

“The CISP program improved my Spanish more than I thought it would. Now I can come into my Spanish classes without being afraid to make a mistake and feeling more confident speaking.”
--Vivian Meade, Summer 2013

“Oh my goodness, where do I start? I fell in love with Chile! Arica is an amazing city (not too big, not too small). The culture, the people, your host families, your primos and the experience are all amazing. Once you go you will want to either stay or keep visiting! Chile and Arica have so much to offer, that leaving is one of the hardest things you will have to do."
--Molly Heidebrink, Summer 2014


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2016 07/31/2016

** 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.