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Chile, Valparaiso Summer (ISEP-Direct)
Valparaiso, Chile
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.75 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: None
Coordinator: Cheryl Lochner-Wright
Program Description:
Valparaiso Chile ISEP Direct

Spend six weeks in Chile during the summer! 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. 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 program is run through a UW-Eau Claire partner organization called ISEP. ISEP is the world's largest network of universities cooperating to provide international education experiences for their students.

ISEP Site for PUCV Summer Program

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. Host families provide three meals a day as well as laundry service.

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."

Participants will take two classes.  Courses offered range from beginning to advanced level Spanish language courses, as well as literature, history, business, and health courses taught in Spanish.  To learn more about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Chile Summer (ISEP-Direct)

Below you will find more information on program costs: Summer 2015


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

The summer program also includes the following:

- One Valparaíso city tour
- Language exchange meetings with Chilean students
- Airport pick-up and drop off on official arrival & departure dates

"I love the relationships I have built with my host family and friends here and my language skills have improved so much more here than in a classroom in the US." -Summer 2013 participant

"The expectations set by our professors abroad were set relatively high given the time (6 weeks) present in country, but that is largely due to the teachers and not the program. I learned a ton while here in the classroom!" -Summer 2013 participant

"My experience abroad, being only six weeks, gave me a taste of what real cultural immersion looks like. It was short, but at the same time I have a greater understanding of what it means to live in another culture and integrate with it...and that is something I consider to be really valuable." -Sean, Summer 2013 participant

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.

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