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Chile, Valparaiso (ISEP-Direct)
Valparaiso, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Calendar Year (SH),
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.75 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Year in School: May apply as sophomore; must have at least junior standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: Must successfully complete Spanish 301 prior to departure
Coordinator: Cheryl Lochner-Wright Experiential Education: Outdoor Education
Program Description:
Valparaiso Chile ISEP Direct

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), founded in 1928, has established itself as one of the most prestigious, traditional higher educational institutions in Chile. The student body numbers over 14,000 students. The PUCV facilities include a modern library system, sport centers, specialized laboratories, and recreational centers. The university runs a television channel, radio station, and film storehouse. 

The Valparaiso, Chile program is run through ISEP - the world's largest network of universities cooperating to provide international education experiences for their students. UW-Eau Claire is an ISEP Affiliate member, which gives our students access to ISEP-Direct options.

ISEP Directory Page for PUCV
PUCV International Office Website

The university is composed of different campuses and university centers located in the main cities of the Valparaíso region. The region combines beautiful weather, wonderful beaches and the splendid Cordillera de Los Andes. With a population of more than one million, the region has a multicultural flavor. The city of Valparaíso is the cultural and legislative capital, and the main commercial harbor, of Chile. Seventy miles from the capital city of Chile, Santiago, Valparaíso fascinates visitors with its history, geography, and architecture.


Program participants live with host families, which offers an excellent opportunity to learn about family life in Chile, meet locals, and practice Spanish on a daily basis.

Accommodations are arranged with carefully selected host families. In general only one student is placed per family; in all cases, students have their own room.

Past participants report that the informal learning with their family was as important as their classwork to their academic experience. In the words of a past student, "I was so glad to live with a host family rather than in a hotel or dorm. It was a great cultural experience."

Students will take courses in Spanish and can choose from a number of courses in fields including agronomy, sciences (biology, chemistry, kinesiology, physics), economics, engineering, natural resources (geography, oceanography), and religious sciences.  Participants may enroll in Spanish language courses and courses for international students in combination with regular university courses.  For more information, click here: Academics - Chile Semester (ISEP-Direct) 

Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2015Spring 2016

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Students in Chile often meet friends through host families.  Other ways students have gotten involved are by joining gyms, taking dance or cooking classes, and attending events at the university.

"[The program] provides a lot of flexibility of classes and activities while you're there, and the culture is quite different and fascinating."

"As a part of Chilean culture (and Latin American culture), families are very close. That is to say, my fellow Chilean classmates all lived at home, had no campus to live on, they spent a lot of time at home, and there was not a strong university community to take part in. Therefore, while studying in Chile, getting to know my host family was key to experiencing Chilean culture, because family life is so integral."

The best way to think of an ISEP-Direct experience is to imagine that you are going to study at a university abroad, just as international students come to study in the U.S. If you are independent, flexible, and adventurous, ISEP-Direct programs are a good choice for you. Here's why: 

Communication with your host university may take longer. You will need to be flexible and willing to live with a fair amount of ambiguity as your prepare to go abroad. For example, you will most likely not know exactly how your classes from your ISEP host university will transfer to UW-Eau Claire until after you actually register for classes.

You may be the only UW-Eau Claire student going to a particular ISEP-Direct site. However, you may also be one of a large number of international students at your site, and you may need to ask many questions to find your way around at first.

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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