Arcadia in Chile Semester Courses

Spanish Language, Chilean Culture and Latin American Studies

Students of all Spanish levels, from beginner to advanced, will take Spanish language and Chilean culture in addition to electives of their choice that are taught in English or Spanish. All students will take a placement test at PUCV during orientation to determine Spanish language level and elective eligibility. There are a variety of interesting and compelling courses in Latin American studies available to studies of all levels at PUCV's international school, as well as the possibility to enroll directly in a specific academic department to take courses with Chilean students. Please see the course listings below.

Sample course load:

  • 6-7 credits of Spanish language and culture courses (students may take one 6-credit course or a combination of one 4-credit course plus a 3-credit course or two separate 3-credit courses)
  • At least 3 electives (2, 3, 4 credits each) taught in English or Spanish


Completing the Preliminary Course Form

All students must complete a Preliminary Course Form in Arcadia Passport. When completing this form, students should include 6-7 credits of Spanish language and culture courses (please note that students will be placed into the appropriate language level during orientation). For the electives, please select 11-12 credits' worth of courses, indicating more of them as possible back-up choices (please designate them as back-up on your form). The total semester load for this program is between 14-19 credits. Please also be sure to list all courses in order of preference. If you are not sure as to your Spanish level and eligibility for certain courses, please provide an educated guess based on your experience with Spanish and what types of classes you wish to take at PUCV. You can always consult your Program Manager to be sure. Students who wish to take specific courses in PUCV's academic departments should at least be taking higher level electives at their home universities (taught in Spanish) in order to be considered. Finally, while every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course.


Contact your Program Manager, Francisco Guiller at 1-866-927-2234 or email Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course form on your Arcadia Passport.