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Spanish Program


Each semester, the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (UCSC) offers Spanish courses that are designed to meet the communication needs of non-native speakers who wish to acquire the Spanish language, a necessary tool to effectively participate in a globalized world. Prospective students may be coming to Chile for business, work or to study and understand the language.

The main objective of these Spanish courses is to develop oral and written comprehension and production skills. In addition, they offer the chance for students to get to know Chilean and Latin American culture through different cultural expressions. Teachers organize debates, workshops and oral presentations, as well as interactive events with the UCSC and the general community.



Intensive Programs:

These programs can be offered in January and July of each year, and require a minimum number of students in order to take place. There are 60 and 90 hour formats, with students taking classes for 6 hours every day (30 hours per week) for two or three weeks. Three levels of communicative competence can be provided (basic, intermediate and advanced). Two hours per day are dedicated to a computer workshop that allows students to exercises the four language skills autonomously as well as interacting with other speakers by using technological media, all under the supervision of a tutor.


Semester Programs:

These programs are suited for exchange students and those who will be residing in the country for prolonged periods of time, and contemplate 12 class hours per week, with a total of 200 hours. In addition, students are able to register for two additional courses according to their interests.

Program Dates:

First semester at UCSC: March – July

Second semester at UCSC: August – December


The Semester Program is divided into 3 courses:

1) Tools for Effective Oral Communication (ELE levels A, B & C offered) The course´s objective is to help students understand and produce effective oral messages in formal and informal communicative situations in Spanish. Through practice students will develop listening skills, as speaking skills in order to produce and understand oral texts of different levels of complexity.

2) Tools for Effective Written Communication (ELE levels A, B & C offered) This is a course which allows students to gain practical tools,knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills that facilitate production and critical understanding of written texts, based on the relationship between reading and writing, and at the same time, applying cognitive and metacognitive strategies that rely on the semantic, lexical, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of a text, as well as on the consideration of ethical and cultural elements that may be involved in reception and textual production.

3) Introduction to Latin-American Cultures (ELE levels B & C) This is a course which provides tools and knowledge to appreciate similarities and contrasts between the Chilean and Latin American cultural heritage in the context of a globalized world. The approach to these cultures occurs through various methods and resources, such as conversation, text production, reading, film appreciation, knowledge of art and literature, field visits, among others.

4) Reading and Listening Comprehension (Only ELE level A) This course offers native speakers of other languages the tools to develop Spanish communicative abilities at an initial level of reading and listening comprehension (A1). The purpose is that students communicate successfully in simple and daily communicative situations, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to cooperate.


Special Programs:

Tailor-made programs are available, depending on the specific needs of individuals or groups. For more information, contact 

How to Apply

Persons, groups and institutions interested in tailor-made Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) course may contact Mr. Steve Baeza Abadie, Director of International Affairs at UCSC (

If you are a current university student interested in participating in UCSC’s Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL) Program, please follow these steps:


  1. Contact your Exchange/Study Abroad Office and inquire about their internal requirements and application process.
  2. Your exchange/study abroad coordinator must nominate you as a SFL candidate at UCSC.  (S)He must send an e-mail to, providing the following information for each nominated student:
    • Full name
    • E-mail address
    • Program of study at home university.
    • Semester(s) or dates of exchange at UCSC.
  3. Nominations are received as follows:
    • First semester (March to July):  From September 15th to October 15th of the previous year.
    • Second semester (August to December): March 1st to 31st of the same year.
  4. The Academic Exchange unit will contact all nominated candidates in order to provide them access to and instructions for our on-line application form.
  5. Applications are received as follows:
    • First semester (March to July):  From October 16th to November 15th of the previous year.
    • Second semester (August to December): From April 1st to 30th of the same year.
  6. If you are accepted by UCSC you will receive an acceptance letter.  Later, the Academic Exchange Unit will send the International Student Guide and the Housing Guide.
  7. Before traveling to Chile, you must send us your travel information and a copy of your health insurance.

Academic Staff

Contact us

Ms. Mary Hayes

(+56) 41-234-5021 Academic Exchange Manager