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Summer Culture Intensive Spanish Program in Arica, Chile (CISP)
Arica, Chile
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Major: Spanish, Spanish -Teaching, TESOL/Spanish -Teaching Type of Programs: Short-term Non-instructor-led
Language: Spanish Work/Internship: No
Language Study Program: Yes Credit Type: Transfer
Credit Level: Undergraduate Housing Type: Host Family
ActivityType: Study Abroad Income Opportunities: No
Sponsorship: UNI Instructor-led: No
Capstone: No
Program Description:

Study in Chile

Given its great extension, one of Chile's main characteristics is its astonishing variety of landscapes.  A Chilean legend states that when God finished the Creation, he took the extra desert, pampa, jungle, and mountains to create the diverse landscape that is Chile.

Program Location

Arica is the northernmost city of Chile located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. With a population of just over 180,000, the area has a number of anthropological research sites of ancient societies including the Aymara, Atacama, and Chinchorro people. The University of Tarapaca is the custodian of the rich remains of textiles, pottery, religious artifacts, and the oldest mummies in the world.

Known as the city of eternal spring, Arica has mild winters and hot summers. Rain is seldom seen, making sunny afternoons almost guaranted. People enjoy water sports like surfing, wind surfing, water skiing, and other outdoor recreational activities. Because of its excellent location near Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Peru, Arica is a great place to begin traveling in the region. The Machu-Picchu ruins in Peru, Tiwanaku in Bolivia, the jungles of Brazil, and the northern steppes of Argentina are all within a traveler's reach.


The University of Tarapaca 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 just outside Arica in the Azapa Valley, carries out research on desert agriculture.

Academic Program

The University of Tarapaca offers a summer Culture and Intensive Spanish Program (CISP). The session normally runs through June and July (8 weeks). 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
(630:159, 3 credits) - TESOL Practicum: Dr. Joyce Milambiling, arranged meeting time, no prerequisites.

Students with a sufficient level of Spanish are able to enroll in regular university classes during the semester, but most UNI students focus on Spanish language studies while in Chile. The usual semester load is four or five classes (total of 28 direct contact hours) a week. The summer program includes offers three to four Spanish classes (9-12 UNI credit hours).  Participants of the CISP program must complete SPAN 2002: Oral & Written prior to starting the program. The program is eight weeks in total, typically running through June and July.

Accommodations and Meals

Homestays with local Arican 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 completing a questionnaire to ensure maximum compatibility. 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 a positive one. 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

The approximate cost is $3,600-$3,700 (not including airfare) MachuPicchu

Included in the price:

  • UNI tuition & fees for 9 credits
  • Spanish language instruction
  • Spanish language assessment on arrival
  • Host family accommodation with full meals
  • 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 (apr. $600)
  • Airfare* (approx. $1,700) & travel documents (passport, etc.)
  • Health Insurance

*The airfare will be arranged through a travel agent so participants will arrive 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

“This program is more than learning Spanish, it is about connecting with the great people of Arica! Enjoy every second and you will be surprised how fast a place becomes your home.”
Joslyn Aldape, Summer 2013

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 02/16/2015** Rolling Admission 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.