Veritas Christian Study Abroad in Chile
Located on the coastline of Chile between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Valparaiso offers hilltop vistas, beaches, and abundant cultural opportunities. In this faith-based study program, students will participate in an International Missions/Service Learning Practicum, take a course in Global Missions, and enroll in classes at Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso For students with limited language background, some courses are offered in English.
To learn more about this program, explore the Veritas Chile web page
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Experiential Learning Initiative - ELI
Know Before You Go - Challenges
Off-Campus study is a time of challenge and change. The following are some things you should understand about this program before you participate:
- Students with physical disabilities may encounter some accessibility issues, with fewer ramps and elevators in the country.
- Strikes and protests, including student organized ones, are very much a part of the culture and can cause class cancellations and interruptions.
- Chile is on a fault line and, therefore, prone to tremors and earthquakes, though the majority last only a few seconds and cause little concern to Chileans nor affect daily life. On-site staff provides instructions on what to do during a more intense earthquake.
Courses may meet major or general education requirements.
Courses will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.
During their college careers, students may take a maximum of four courses on a pass/fail (P/F) basis with these conditions:
-Such a course must be from a discipline other than those required for the student's major or minor.
-Courses fulfilling requirements for a major, minor, or general education may not be used.
-Students may declare their intention to take a course under the Pass/Fail option when they register or through the first calendar week of classes at the beginning of the new term. Students may also select to return to the letter grade system during this same time period. The selection cannot be changed after the first calendar week of classes.
-The cut-off point to obtain a P is C–.
-The instructor will submit only conventional letter grades to the Registrar's Office. This office will then convert the grade to P or F. (An instructor does not know which students are taking a course on a pass/fail basis.
Note: Students must declare their intention to take a course under the pass/fail option when they register or during the first FIVE DAYS days at the beginning of the new term. Students may also select to return to the letter grading system during this same time period. The selection on record after the first week of classes cannot be changed.
Messiah tuition, room, board, and student services fee.
Explore possible scholarships for this program.
- tuition, housing (homestay), meals
- educational excursions
- pre-departure, and re-entry orientation
- international travel insurance
Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Credit Limit Policy for Semester-Long, Off-Campus Program
Typically when students study off-campus in Messiah-approved, semester-long programs, students earn between 13 and 18 credits. All students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits; some programs require that students be enrolled in more. Students must complete the minimum credits required by the program.
In rare instances, students will be able to earn more than 18 credits off campus. If that occurs, students will be required to pay Messiah’s overload credit or whatever credit fee the program charges (whichever is higher) to Messiah for the additional course fees.
Students who audit classes on top of their regular course load will not incur additional fees unless the program charges for auditing courses whether students go over 18 credits or not.
*Note: Off-campus study fee increases annual at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring - April 1
ISA: Chile Deadlines
- Fall - April 1
- Spring - November 1
Program and Travel Resources
- Centers for Disease Control: Chile
- El Mercurio de Valpariaso
- ISA Worldwide Alerts
- State Department: Chile
- State Department: Students Abroad
- Worldwide Factbook: Chile
ISA Study Abroad Social Media
Did you know that Chile is Home of Five UNESCO World Heritage Site?
“Chile’s UNESCO world heritage sites are categorized as cultural, giving you an insight into the human story threaded into the majestic landscape of the country. The five sites are the Churches of Chiloé, the Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Rapa Nui National Park, and the Sewell Mining Town.”