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ISEP Direct - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Valparaiso, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
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Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Description:
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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Fast Facts

Valparaíso, Chile (pop. 300,000)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: Spanish


The university is distributed in 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 Type

ISEP-Exchange: Academic semester
ISEP-Direct: Academic year, semester, and summer

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Program Dates

Academic year: early March to December; Semester 1: early March to mid-July; Semester 2: August to December. Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. If you want to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere, consider starting your program at the beginning of their academic year in February or March. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses. For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February-March).


Option 1: ISEP-Exchange and ISEP-Direct: Academic Year or Semester - Regular Courses
  1. Agronomy
  2. Architecture and 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, history, geography & social sciences, interpreting, music, philosophy, physical education, pre-school education, psychology, 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
Option 2: ISEP-Direct semester: Contemporary Latin American Studies Program for Advanced Speakers of Spanish Offered August - December ONLY

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, Construction of the Collective Memory, Latin American Geography, Contemporary Latin American Poetry, Chilean and Hispano-American Literature, etc.

Option 3: ISEP-Direct semester: Culture Courses Taught in English + Beginner Spanish Language Courses

This program is specially designed for international students with a beginner level of Spanish who want to experience, under a total immersion context, Latin American and Chilean culture. The program includes a special orienation for program participants in English plus three field trips to local historical and cultural sites throughout the semester. Apart from beginning level courses in Grammar, Reading and Communication in the Spanish language, choose from the following courses taught in English:
  • Contemporary Latin American Literature
  • Contemporary Latin American Films
  • Pre-Columbian Arts & Society
  • Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America
  • Socio-economic Evolution of Chile and Latin America
  • International Relations

Courses taught in English

PUC Valparaiso offers courses in English along with a Beginning Spanish language program as an ISEP-Direct option. See Option 3 in the "Courses" section above.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single-occupancy rooms with host families and receive twenty-one meals per week from the host family. No married student housing is available.


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.

As international students at the PUCV, ISEP participants have access to primary health care services at no cost.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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