Viña del Mar, also known as the "Garden City", is located 70 miles west of Chile's capital, Santiago, and has a population of about 350,000. Picturesque beaches, lakes and mountains surround Viña del Mar. Next to "Viña", as it is commonly known, is Valparaíso, the most important port in Chile and in the South American Pacific. Valparaíso and Viña are located in Central Chile, a region well known for its wines and agricultural products. Viña makes an excellent location for students wishing to perfect their Spanish language skills while, at the same time, integrate into the rich and diverse culture through experiential learning opportunities (internships and field work) and homestay experiences. Students attend classes at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, a private university beautifully located, with an extraordinary view of the bay, only 10 minutes from downtown.