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Valpairaso CHile ISEP Direct Academics

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student.  You need to be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.  You must maintain full-time enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a sophomore, but must have at least junior standing by the time the program begins.  Students must have successfully completed Spanish 301 prior to departure.

You have two options for course tracks at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV):

Option 1: Fall/Spring Semester or Calendar Year - Regular university coursework in addition to Spanish courses for international students
The following Spanish courses are offered to international students every semester:

PUCV Course Title, Number, and Credits UW-Eau Claire Equivalency
PIIE 240/340 Cultura Chilena y Español Comunicativo - intermedio/avanzado, 6 credits SPAN 405 Advanced Conversation
PIIE 350 Español Escrito - avanzado, 3 credits SPAN 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition
PIIE 360/460 Gramática Español para extranjeros - intermedio/avanzado, 4 credits SPAN 410 Advanced Grammar
PIIE 381 Fonética y fonología del idioma español, 3 credits SPAN 325 Phonetics and Pronunciation

International students can take up to 6 PUCV credits of the above Spanish courses in combination with regular university courses in the following areas:

  1. Agronomy
  2. Urbanism: arts
  3. Sciences: biology & natural sciences, biochemistry, chemistry & natural sciences, industrial chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics, optics, physics, statistics
  4. Economics and Management: accounting/ auditing, commercial engineering/ business administration, social work, journalism
  5. Law
  6. Philosophy and Education: elementary education, English, geography & social sciences, interpreting, music, philosophy, physical education, pre-school education, psychology (only for students with background in field), Spanish & communications, special education, translation
  7. Engineering: biochemical, bioprocesses, chemical, computer sciences, construction, electrical, electronic, industrial, mechanical, extractive metallurgy, transportation
  8. Natural Resources: fishing engineering, food engineering, geography, oceanography
  9. Religious Sciences
Course Notes:
  • Courses of interest to ISEP students include geography (Chilean and Latin American), arts (art workshops: Taller de América, urban space) and economics (macroeconomics, business administration, economic policy).
  • Access to psychology courses is limited to students with appropriate background in this field.
  • History and literature courses are closed to ISEP students not enrolled in Option 2 (see below). Exclusive special courses on those two subjects, as well as a special music course "Danzas Tradicionales de Chile," will be available for ISEP students.
  • Classes from the following departments are offered on a full year (March to December) basis only: Law, Philosophy, Music, and Special Education. International students can take these courses only if they are attending the PUCV for the full calendar year (March to December).
  • Architecture and Design are closed to ISEP participants.

Option 2: Contemporary Latin American Studies Program for Advanced Speakers of Spanish
Offered Fall semester (July - December) ONLY
(Requires at least six semesters of university-level Spanish)

This program is for international students interested in learning about diverse aspects of the Contemporary Latin American reality from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students take three core courses, exclusive for international students, and choose two elective courses, which are taken with Chilean students. The core courses are Contemporary Latin American History, Contemporary Latin American Narrative, and Globalization and Integration in Latin America.  Elective courses include (but are not limited to): Urban and Regional History of Valparaiso, History of Modern Chile, Construction of the Collective Memory, History of the Mexican Revolution, Regional Geography of Valparaiso, Chilean Geography, Latin American Geography, Contemporary Latin American Poetry, Documentary Film as Documentation, and Chilean and Hispanic-American Literature.

1. Go to
2. Click on "Facultades y Carreras" in the column to the left.
3. Select an academic program ("Carrera") listed under the appropriate "Facultad."
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and scroll down to  "Asignaturas del plan de estudios." Click on "Descargar Malla PDF" or "Descargar ficha carrera."  You will find available courses listed under the "malla curricular" section.
4*. Also, you can go to specific websites of each academic program. This is found on the right side or the "carrera" page under "SITIO WEB."

For more information about how specific ISEP-Chile courses have transferred back to UW-Eau Claire, go to the Transfer Wizard site on MyBlugold CampS:

  • From the "Country" drop-down menu, select "Chile," then click Search
  • Click on "Pontifica Univ Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV)"
  • Without entering anything in the search box, click "Search" to see a complete list of established UWEC equivalencies
Please keep in mind that this is a historical record of past course equivalencies. There is no guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future, or that they will be offered in the term during which you are abroad.

This program fulfills the complete Foreign Culture requirement upon successful completion.  Please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

All Spanish and Latin American Studies majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken.  This program meets the language immersion requirement.

The Spring program begins in late February and ends in mid-July. The fall program begins in late July and ends in mid-December.  Exact dates are available the semester prior to departure.

updated 6/10/14 rbs

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