International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

Chile: Valparaíso region

Program Title Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso
Location Valparaíso region, Chile
Host Website ISEP: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparais
Eligibility A minimum of 5 semesters of college level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Additional literature level coursework in Spanish is highly recommended. Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Students must have junior or senior status at the time of participation.
Preparation At least one Latin American area studies course is required before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Pitzer College Study Abroad Application, ISEP Application, and forms required by the university
Program Dates Fall semester (= Semester 2): August to December
Spring semester (= Semester 1): Early March to Mid-July
Full year: The Southern Hemisphere academic calendar is early March to December
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on Chilean history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language A 4-week pre-session intensive Spanish course is offered before both semesters. Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the semester for intermediate and advanced levels. Students must test into intermediate or advanced Spanish to enroll in regular university courses.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options Visit the ISEP website shown above, select ‘Academics’ and follow the Hints for Researching Courses. Choose Regular Program Course Information (Option 1) under “Fast Facts”. Pitzer students are limited to Option 1. Courses are available under Carreras.
Credit Possible In addition to a full course load at the university, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Housing and meals are provided by host families.
Advising notes The chance of placement is generally limited.