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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

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Location
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: undergraduate programs available for single semesters only
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester, or summer

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


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

ISEP Direct chance of placement is Excellent.

Program Dates
Academic year: March through December
Semester 1: March through July
Semester 2: July through 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).

ISEP-Direct
ISEP-Direct opportunities at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso include the three options described in the "Courses" section above, and the intensive Spanish language summer program.
Information about ISEP Direct fees and deadlines.

The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2016: $4,700
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $17,900
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $10,200
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $10,400


For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 30, 2016
SM2: November 15, 2016


Summer Program
Explore the Valparaíso region of Chile this summer and take advantage of beautiful weather, stunning beaches, and the magnificent mountains of Cordillera de Los Andes. This five-week Spanish Language and Chilean Culture program combines intensive language study with an overview of national literature and modern social and political Chilean issues. It includes an excursion to the capital city of Santiago.

See summer program information

Fast Facts
Valparaíso, Chile (pop. 300,000)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
University Home Page
Regular Program Course Information (Option 1)
Beginner Spanish + Courses in English (Option 3)
International Office Home Page

Programs
ISEP experience at PUCV

When coming to PUCV you can choose from wide, diverse and flexible, academic options that are aimed at giving you a study experience regardless of your Spanish entry level. Options are not programs but sets of courses from which you can choose from in order to fulfill your home university requirements. You can take one option exclusively or mix them according to your Spanish entry level which will be assessed during the Orientation Week.

Set 1: Regular University Courses

Available through ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct

Language Proficiency Suggested:

4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed before the beginning of the program

Level B2 (EFR)

Level Intermediate-high (ACTFL)

Terms Available: Semester and Full Year (Southern Hemisphere)

**Exchange students wishing to take courses in English will be charged an additional fee. Payments for courses in English will be paid directly to PUCV and will be the responsibility of the student.**

Disciplines Taught at PUCV:

- Agronomy and Food Engineering

- Architecture, Urbanism, Graphic and Industrial Design and Arts

- Economics and Management (accounting/ auditing, business administration, social work, journalism)

- Law

- Philosophy and Education (elementary education, early childhood education, special education, physical education, history, geography, English interpretation, English Translation, music, philosophy, psychology, Spanish)

- Engineering (biochemical, bioprocesses, chemical, computer sciences, construction, electrical, electronic, industrial, mechanical, extractive metallurgy, transportation)

- Natural Resources (fishing engineering, geography, oceanography)

- Religious Sciences

Set 2: Courses Taught in Spanish Exclusively for International Students

Available through: ISEP Direct

Language Proficiency Suggested:

A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed before the beginning of the program

Level B1.2 (EFR)

Level Intermediate-Mid (ACTFL)

Terms Available: Semester and Full Year (Southern Hemisphere)

A set of courses taught exclusively for interntational students who have, in general, an intermediate-high level of Spanish language.

- Traditional dances from Chile and Latin America

- Contemporary Latin American Poetry

- Practices and discourses of Latin American narrative

- Hispanic and Latin American narrative from 17th to 19th centuries

- Chilean poetry of the 20th century: Neruda, Parra , Huidobro

- Modern History of Chile

- Art and society in pre-Hispanic Chile

- Urban and regional History of Valparaíso

- Latin America History in the 20th century

- Globalization and integration in Latin America

- Migration and interculturality in Latin America

- Contemporary Chilean and Latin American cultural studies

Syllabi is available upon request, please discuss course selections with your advisor. For questions on course syllabi, contact infopiie@ucv.cl

Set 3: Course Taught in English Exclusively for International Students

Available Through: ISEP Direct

Language Proficiency Suggested: Not Required

Students usually have between 0-2 semesters of university level Spanish or the equivalent before the beginning of the program

Terms Available: Semester and Full Year (Southern Hemisphere)

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. Apart from beginner level courses in Grammar, Reading and Communication, students choose from the following courses taught in English in order to complete their course load:

- Contemporary Latin American Literature

- Contemporary Latin American Films

- Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America

- Globalization in Latin-American history

- Latin-American Economic Development (taught only for the second semester of the year)

- Latin American Women: historical overview

- International Relations

- Environmental Impact of Modern Society

- Current Approaches to Multicultural Education

- Ethnic Mapuche Identity

- Development of Intercultural Competence: under a total immersion context

Syllabi is available upon request, please discuss course selections with your advisor. For questions on course syllabi, contact infopiie@ucv.cl

Set 4: Spanish Language and Culture

Available Through: ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct

Language Proficiency Suggested: Not Required

Students usually have between 0-2 semesters of university level Spanish or the equivalent before the beginning of the program

Terms Available: Semester and Full Year (Southern Hemisphere)

All ISEP students, whether advanced or beginners, can enroll in Spanish language courses as part of their ISEP experience at PUCV. Students may choose from the following courses:

- Spanish oral comprehension and oral production, beginner level

- Communicative Spanish and Chilean culture – Intermediate

- Communicative Spanish and Chilean culture - Advanced

- Spanish Reading comprehension and oral production, beginner level

- Written Intermediate Spanish

- Written Advanced Spanish

- Creative Writing in Spanish

- Spanish Grammar and Vocabulary, beginner level

- Grammar for Foreigners 1

- Grammar for Foreigners 2

- Grammar for Foreigners 3

- Spanish language phoenetics and phonology

Upon arrival, a preliminary Spanish proficiency test, consisting of two parts (written and oral), is given.

Pre-session: A 4-week pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered before both semesters for an additional fee for any student wanting to take it.

Courses taught in English
PUC Valparaiso offers courses in English along with a Beginning Spanish language program as an ISEP Direct option. See Set 3 and Set 4 of course options.

Academic Notes
TRANSCRIPT DETAILS

Transcripts are generally released in September for Semester 1 and in January for Semester 2. Full year transcripts are sent as per the final semester. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Language Notes
For language requirements, please reference the information listed under each set of courses.

The university is an authorized exam center for Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), a widely known Spanish certification given by Instituto Cervantes. ISEP non-native Spanish speaking students can explore this excellent opportunity to certify their Spanish skills (DELE course is not included in ISEP benefits).

For more information on courses and language options, see the:

ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Access to psychology courses is limited to students with appropriate background in this field.
Some classes from the following departments are offered on a full year basis only (March to December): Law, Philosophy, Music, and Special Education. International students can take these courses only if they are attending PUCV for the full academic year (March to December). Otherwise, there will be no credit awarded.
Courses in the School of Architecture & Design are closed to ISEP students.

Special ISEP Application Instructions

ALL applications MUST include a Language Proficiency Report (LPR) regardless of language level or having a background as a native/heritage speaker.

Access to Psychology courses is limited to students with appropriate background in the field.

Some classes from the following departments are offered on a full year basis only (March to December): Law, Philosophy, Music, and Special Education. International Students can take these courses only if they are attending PUCV for the full academic year (March to December), otherwise, no credit will be awarded.

Courses in the School of Architecture & Design are closed to ISEP students.

Hints for Researching Courses
Set 1: Regular University Courses
1. Go to the PUCV Carreras page
2. Click on the carreras (majors) to see its general description, syllabus, professors, courses, among other useful information.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Descargar Malla PDF” to see courses offered. Syllabi are available upon request.
4. If you are studying February-July, only the classes listed in the ODD-NUMBERED semesters will be available.
5. If you are studying July-December, only the classes listed in the EVEN-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you.
6. Please note that some courses are not available each semester. Some courses are full-year only (February-December) and are known as “annual” courses. The ISEP Coordinator at PUCV will confirm whether or not courses on students’ Course Request List are available. The courses may not be available each semester. Some courses are full-year only (February – December) and these are known as annual. Upon receipt of your application, the ISEP coordinator at PUCV will confirm whether or not your desired courses are available during your requested study period.



Housing and Meals
All students are housed with host families and receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the host family. No married student housing is available.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per semester are estimated at $1,000 USD. Books are an additional $110 USD (approximately) per semester.

Orientation
During Orientation, students are advised about courses, student visa status, university life, Chilean culture, the city of Valparaíso, volunteer opportunities offered by the university, etc.

ARRIVAL DETAILS

Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be picked up at the Santiago Airport, Aeropuerto Arturo Merino Benítez.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
PUC Valparaiso works with 6 volunteer organizations within the Valparaiso region. Every semester, the university holds a Volunteer Job Fair in which the international students can speak with representatives from the volunteer organizations to obtain more information. If students decide they want to volunteer at one of these organizations, the student can then speak with the International Office. Visit the Volunteer in Valparaíso page for more information.

Profile
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.