About the Program

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile

Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile

"I have never grown and matured spiritually at such an elevated pace for this prolonged of a time. After finishing this program and looking back to my life before, at the beginning, at the middle, and now, I see obvious changes and realizations that have shaped me throughout the course of my study abroad here in Chile.” Kiley Christenson, Fall 


In the last 100 years, evangelical numbers have grown in Latin America changing it from a mission field to a mission force.  An increasing number of Chileans are now traveling as missionaries to areas that were previously un-reached.  Chileans and other Latin American Christians recognize their unique cultural suitability to go into “creative access” nations with the gospel message.                          

Valparaíso is the city of 42 hills.  Each of these hills upon which the city is built is a community in itself. Valparaiso and Vina del Mar offer unique opportunities to serve a community and demonstrate God’s love.  The beauty of studying abroad in Chile coupled with the opportunities to serve together with local believers makes this a great place to live your mission.

Students participating in the Veritas in Valparaíso, Chile program will attend the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). PUCV is recognized by the National Education Council of Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Education and was ranked 29th in Latin America in the 2014 QS Latin American University Rankings. 


When most students are heading back to their home country, you and your other Veritas friends will go to Rancagua, Chile to partner with a local church to help with outreach and service ministries for an unforgettable This will be a great way to end your study abroad experience as you minister in your adopted country.  The mission trip to Rancagua will be offered during Summer 1 ONLY and not Summer 2.

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV)

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Language Requirement:

  • Semester programs are open to all language levels. 
  • Summer programs are only open to students with Intermediate to Advanced language proficiency. (Three semesters of college Spanish)

Program Highlights

  • Courses in English
  • Courses with Locals
  • Intensive Language Terms
  • Gap Programs – post high school study for credit

Academic Overview

Semester Programs (Spring, Fall & Academic Year)

Students are required to maintain full-time student status during their programs, including:

  • One Veritas course: Global Missions Perspectives required
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum required
  • Other courses at Pontificía Católica Universidad de Valparaíso (PUCV) to maintain full-time student status

Summer Programs

Students will enroll in the following:

  • Two courses at the PUCV required
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum required
    • (1 semester credit; facilitated by Veritas Mission Mentor)

Language Level Placement

All students will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine language proficiency level. Exam results may determine eligibility for course enrollment. Students who arrive having completed the following number of semesters/quarters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, typically place into the corresponding language level:

Semesters Quarters Language Level
0-1 0-2 Beginning
2-3 3-5 Intermediate
4-5 6-8 Advanced
6+ 9+ Superior


Academic Credits

Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution. For visa regulations, and according to Veritas Christian Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program as determined by their home institution. 



Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.