IFSA: Chilean Universities Program, Valparaíso allows students to enroll directly in classes at two outstanding universities: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Universidad Santa María. In addition, it offers three program courses and an internship for credit. The program classes, taught in Spanish by local professors, are intended to provide students with an understanding of the events and issues that make Chile what it is today.

“I would definitely recommend this program to Whitman students who are ready to practice their Spanish 24/7, want to culturally immerse themselves in the Chilean culture, and want to experience all the things that Chile has to offer.” - Magaly G. '18

Fields of study:

Spanish language and literature, history, geography, biology, psychology, education, anthropology, economics, film studies, and others


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

Minimum of five semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent


16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Advanced Written and Oral Spanish (4 credits)
Four electives at the Center and/or at local universities (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IFSA credit = 1 Whitman credit


Available at non-profit organizations


Students are placed with host families in Valparaiso or Viña del Mar, just 15 minutes from Valparaíso.


Three meals per day are provided

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring Academic Year


July–December (semester 2); February–July (semester 1)


IFSA Scholarships

Program Link:

IFSA: Chilean Universities Program, Valparaíso