Universidad Católica del Norte’s Guaycan campus is located in the port city of Coquimbo, the capital of the El Elqui province in Chile. Nestled in a valley between stunning mountain ranges and the beautiful La Herradura bay on the Pacific coast, outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, surfing and parasailing abound. The fertile soil and mild climate provide the perfect conditions for producing Chile’s famous wines and piscos. The historic 19th century Barrio Inglés quarter is a great place to check out the city’s best cafes, restaurants, nightlife and dancing spots. The nearby town of La Serena is a popular tourist destination, with equally beautiful beaches and many amenities. 

Founded in 1956, Universidad Católica del Norte is dedicated to the development of individuals, society and cultural heritage in Chile. As a Catholic university, its values are based on the principles of Christian Humanism including liberty, truth and justice. The university has two campuses, the main campus in Antofagasta and the Gauyacan campus located in Coquimbo, both of which are open to ISEP students. Due to its strategic location in a port city, the Gauyacan campus in Coquimbo is especially well known for its marine sciences program. UCN has been ranked as the 112th best university in Latin America by QS World University Rankings!

ISEP students immerse themselves in Chilean culture and daily life by taking university classes with local students and living with a homestay family in the community. The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. UCN also has a "buddy system" to help connect ISEP students with local students and adjust to life in Coquimbo!

Watch this video to learn more about daily life at Universidad Católica del Norte!

Program Website

Course Description

Courses are taught entirely in Spanish alongside local students. One Spanish as a second language course is also included in ISEP benefits. Students may also choose to enroll in a Spanish language pre-session course for an additional fee. 

Tips for finding courses:

1. View the list of degree programs at each campus.

2. Click on the subject at Coquimbo, then on "malla curricular."

3. Courses in odd-numbered semesters (primer, tercer, quinto, septimo, etc.) are offered January – June. Courses in even-numbered semesters (segundo, cuarto, sexto, octavo, etc.) are offered July – December. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Maggie Montgomery 703-504-9991 | MMontgomery@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences

  • Business

    Business Management

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Environmental Engineering Water Resources Engineering

  • Health Sciences: Recommended!

    Athletic Training Medicine Nursing Science Nutrition Sciences Rehabilitation Science

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

    Marine Resources Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

Graduate
(in Spanish)

Fields of Study

  • Business

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Health Sciences Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

    Marine Resources Management

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

 Students may only take classes from one campus (Antofagasta or Coquimbo) due to the large distance between the two.

Semester & Prices (based on your filters)

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