SPRING 2020 Participation: extended rolling admission until JUNE 15, 2019
Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.
Program Title: Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso
Location: Valparaíso region, Chile
Host Website: ISEP: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso Spanish Language and Culture (in Spanish) or Regular University Courses (in Spanish)
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
The Pitzer College Study Abroad Application and the ISEP Application are both due by the Pitzer application due date. If accepted by Pitzer and ISEP students will then be asked to complete University forms.
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
Participants are required to take a full course load abroad 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.
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.
See a Study Abroad Adviser.
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.
In addition to a full course load at the university, 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.
The chance of placement is generally limited.