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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 2.75.  You must maintain 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.

Students attending PUCV for one or two semesters have access to a number of different types of courses, all taught in Spanish.  Participants can take courses from one or a combination of the following groups:

  • Spanish language and grammar courses (exclusively for international students)
  • Subject area courses related to literature, history, Latin American studies, and cultural studies (exclusively for international students)
  • Regular PUCV courses (available to all PUCV students, including international and domestic)

Each student is required to take at least 15 PUCV credits per semester.  PUCV credits are equivalent to UW-Eau Claire credits.  Most courses are 3 or 4 credits, which means each student typically takes 4 or 5 courses per semester.

Spanish Language & Grammar Courses
The following courses are offered each semester exclusively to international students.  These courses range from 3 to 6 PUCV credits.  All non-native Spanish speakers take a placement test upon arrival to determine the appropriate level for Spanish language and grammar courses.

PUCV Course Code, Number, and Title UW-Eau Claire Equivalency
PIIE 240/340 Cultura Chilena y Español Comunicativo - intermedio/avanzado SPAN 405 Advanced Conversation
PIIE 350 Español Escrito - avanzado SPAN 302 Advanced Conversation and Composition
PIIE 351 Escritura creativa en español SPAN 907 Upper Division Elective
PIIE 360/460 Gramática Español para extranjeros - intermedio/avanzado SPAN 410 Advanced Grammar
PIIE 381 Fonética y fonología del idioma español SPAN 325 Phonetics and Pronunciation

Subject Area Courses Exclusively for International Students
The following courses are typically offered each semester; however, the exact schedule may vary.  These courses range from 2 to 4 PUCV credits.

PUCV Course Code, Number, and Title UW-Eau Claire Equivalency
MUS 084 Danzas tradicionales DNCE 907 Lower Division Elective
LCL 432 Poesía Latinoamericana contemporánea SPAN 475 Topics in Latin American Literature
LCL 434 Prácticas y discursos del cuento Latinoamericano SPAN 475 Topics in Latin American Literature
LCL 523 Narrativa hispanoamericana, siglo XVII y XIX SPAN 476 The Novel in Latin America I: 1850-1950
LCL 531 Poesía Chilena del siglo XX: Neruda, Parra, Huidobro SPAN 491 Special Topics
HIS 513 Historia moderna de Chile HIS 944 Lower Division Elective GE 4 Foreign Culture
HIS 554 Arte y sociedad en Chile prehispánico ARTH 907 Upper Division Elective
HIS 557 Historia urbana y regional de Valparaíso HIST 940 Upper Division Elective GE 4
HIS 561 Historia de América Latina en el siglo XX SPAN 907 Upper Division Elective
PIIE 563 Globalización e integración en Latino América SPAN 421 Government, Business, and Media in Spain and Latin America
PIIE 564 Migración e interculturalidad en Latino América GEOG 934 Upper Division Elective GE 3 Foreign Culture
PIIE 565 Estudios de cultura de Chile y Latinoamérica ANTH 934 Upper Division Elective GE 3 Foreign Culture

Regular PUCV Courses
These courses are part of the regular PUCV curriculum and range from 2 to 4 PUCV credits.  They are taken alongside local Chilean students pursing their degrees at PUCV.  The schedule of available coursework is confirmed approximately one month prior to the beginning of the semester and will be sent to all accepted students at that time.  Courses of particular interest to international students may include geography (Chilean and Latin American), arts (art workshops: Taller de América, urban space) and economics (macroeconomics, business administration, economic policy). However, the following is a list of all subject areas: 
1. Agronomy and Food Engineering
2. Architecture, Urbanism, Graphic and Industrial Design & Arts
3. Economics and Management (accounting/auditing, business administration, social work, journalism)
4. Law
5. Philosophy and Education (elementary education, early childhood education, special education, physical education, history, geography, English interpretation, English translation, music, philosophy, psychology, Spanish) Note: access to psychology courses is limited to students with appropriate background in the field;
6. Engineering ( biochemical, bioprocesses, chemical, computer sciences, construction, electrical, electronic, industrial, mechanical, extractive metallurgy, transportation)
7. Natural Resources (fishing engineering, geography, oceanography)
8. Religious Sciences

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).

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)"
  • Type the course code then click "Search" to see equivalencies for a specific subject area.  Type the course code AND course number, then click "Search," to see the equivalency for a specific course.  Type nothing into the search box to see a list of the first 300 equivalencies, listed in alphabetical order by PUCV course code.
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 12/11/15, cnb

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