The Middlebury program in Valparaíso offers cultural and linguistic immersion through a rigorous curriculum and adherence to the Middlebury Language Pledge. By pledging to speak only the target language while abroad, students will have the best chance of acquiring fluency and actively engaging in the local environment. Participants take their courses directly in a local university, at either the Universidad de Playa Ancha, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad de Adolfo Ibañez, Universidad Andrés Bello, or Universidad de Valparaíso, and all students are encouraged to get involved in the community through internships or interactions within the clubs and activities available.
At the Universidad Andrés Bello, students have the opportunity to direct enroll alongside Chilean nursing students and learn about the local public health system firsthand. The university is located in Viña del Mar, just across the bay from the larger city of Valparaíso.