The Study Abroad Program at West Los Angeles College is pleased to add a new study option for the Winter 2013 four-week session from January 3 to January 31, 2013.  This program offers Spanish 1 - 4 in Valparaiso, Chile, a city recognized by UNESCO as a Humanity Heritage Location. Note that January is comfortable beach weather in Valparaiso.
Our program is based on total immersion. Students will live with Chilean families, experienced in hosting foreign students in their homes. Also, they will have weekly conversation sessions with students from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso.


In addition to classes you will:

  • Enjoy the historical city, beaches and the popular tourist capital Viña del Mar just 15 minutes from the university.
  • Experience the rich culture, food, music, history and customs.
  • Take part in guided tours.

Classes are held at the prestigious Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso and are:

  • UC and CSU transferrable
  • Taught by instructors with extensive experience teaching Spanish to English speakers

SPANISH 101, Sect 7901: Spanish Laboratory     UC:CSU   1 Units This course is required to be taken along with one of the courses below. Students will fulfill the requirements of this course through cultural activities and field trips.

SPANISH 1, Sect 7900: Elementary Spanish I     UC:CSU   5 Units Corequisite: Spanish 101. This is the first term of a two-term sequence in first-year Spanish. Communicative proficiency is the main objective. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed with emphasis on the active use of these skills. Culture is incorporated into the course in textual and visual materials to stimulate interest and reinforce understanding and appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world. Note: Spanish 21 and 22 together are equivalent to Spanish 1.


SPANISH 2, Sect 7902: Elementary Spanish II     UC:CSU   5 Units Prerequisite: Spanish 1 with a grade of “C” or better, or two years of high school Spanish or equivalent. Corequisite: Spanish 101. This course is a continuation of Spanish 1. It is designed to provide the student with further skill development in understanding, reading, speaking, and writing Spanish. More advanced cultural material is presented to further develop the interest, knowledge and appreciation for the lifestyle of Hispanic peoples.


SPANISH 3, Sect 7903: Intermediate Spanish I     UC:CSU   5 Units Corequisite: Spanish 101. Recommended: Spanish 2 with a grade of “C” or better, or three years of high school Spanish. This course assists the student with the continued development of proficiency in Spanish language skills. It reviews and expands grammatical concepts learned in previous courses, and emphasizes idiomatic construction and conversational ability. Discussion of elected literary and cultural readings will provide training in oral and written expression.


SPANISH 4, Sect 7904: Intermediate Spanish II      UC:CSU   5 Units Corequisite: Spanish 101. Recommended: Spanish 3 with a grade of “C” or better, or four years of high school Spanish. This course provides a review of the more difficult aspects of grammar and seeks to perfect comprehension, fluency and cultural knowledge. Spanish and Spanish-American life and problems are considered through readings and discussion of literature.



  • Instruction.................$1,016
  • Homestay Fee............$   640  (for more information, see page 2, "Accomodations")
  • Airfair.......................$   TBD
  • Entry Fee...................$  140

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