International Exchanges – Chile: Valparaíso Region

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso

chile-valapraiso-2Location: Valparaíso region, Chile

Host Website: ISEP: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso ISEP PUCV 

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. ISEP requires students to have a 2.75 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students must have junior or senior status at the time of participation. Completion of Spanish 44 or a demonstrated equivalency must be completed prior to the program. Additional literature level coursework in Spanish is highly recommended.

At least one Latin American area studies course is strongly recommended before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will complete the ISEP Exchange application. If accepted by ISEP, students will then complete the University application.

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 required to take a full course load abroad equivalent to four PItzer course credits and including one course with content on Chilean history, politics, literature or culture.  In addition, students take the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

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 and select ‘Website for Course Availability.’ Choose Regular Program Course Information (Option 1) under “Fast Facts”. Pitzer students are limited to Option 1. Courses are available under Carreras.

Credit Possible
Students take a full course load at the university (15 or 16 credits) which is equivalent to four Pitzer course credits. Since courses are worth 2 to 6 credits each, most students will be enrolled in more than four classes. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Housing and meals are provided by host families.

Additional notes
The chance of placement is generally limited.