The TCNJ Center for Global Engagement
and the International Studies Abroad (ISA)
, have established a semester-long program for TCNJ students in the beautiful city of Vina del Mar, Chile. Students will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (UAI)
in Chile. This program will be complemented with cultural activities, day trips and excursions outside the host city. Students also have the option to participate in a Service Learning component as part of their study abroad experience.
Valparaíso (pop. 284,000), and Viña del Mar (pop. 285,000) are sister cities located halfway down Chile's endless coastline and sixty-eight miles northwest of Santiago. A city of seafaring traditions and grand hilltop views, Valparaíso was once home to the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Valparaíso also functions as the primary commercial port, naval base, and seat of political power for the country, which creates a unique and modern dynamic in a city with roots in the colonial past. Together, Valparaíso and Viña del Mar offer something for each visitor, including spectacular beaches, museums, and architecture. Be sure not to miss the world famous music Festival de Viña each February at la Quinta Vergara!Chile is also one of the most prosperous Latin American countries and the benefits of this prosperity include an excellent educational system and a multitude of distinguished universities.
Universidad Adolfo Ibanez (UAI)
originated from the Business School of Valparaiso in 1953. Since then it's facilities have expanded to cover areas of study such as Commercial and Civil Industrial Engineering, Law, Journalism, Psychology, History and Literature and Government. The UAI has an enrollment of more than 7,000 students on its campuses and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The campus also boasts facilities for playing tennis, soccer, volleyball, rugby, basketball, swimming and weight training. TCNJ students who chose to study at UAI will have the opportunity to participate and choose courses in the Business and Culture in English & Spanish Language program. Courses listed here
have already been reviewed and given course equivalents by TCNJ faculty. All course will count as one TCNJ unit and the grades will factor into your GPA.
Service Learning Component
TCNJ students will also have the option to participate in an ISA-Service Learning opportunity with ongoing service-learning projects in the Valparaiso area in order to create a positive and lasting impact in the community. Students will work between 5-10 hours at their host organization in addition to their university courses. ISA offers the following in Service-Learning options in these areas:
- Arts and Humanities
- Business and Marketing
- Communication and Journalism
- Environmental Studies
- Social Work
ISA Valparaiso/Vina del Mar staff will welcome students and faculty upon arrival, lead all excursions, facilitate the orientation program and serve as a cultural liaison for the group throughout the program. TCNJ students will be housed with families in Valparaíso/Vina del Mar (shared rooms), including 3 meals per day, and laundry service once per week;
Students will also be able to take part in ISA's Bridging Cultures program with activities and excursions. The program will include cultural activities and excursions as listed, including entry fees and hotel accommodations for overnight excursions: Historical Tour in Santiago, Playas del Norte, Pomaire and Isla Negra, Pucon, Santiago & Valle Nevado.
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