Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso is located in Valparaíso, a thriving cultural capital of Chile with one of the country’s most important seaports. The artsy and bohemian nature of the city has long attracted artists, including poet Pablo Neruda, and boasts some of the best street art in Latin America. The region is also home to beautiful beaches and the splendid Cordillera de Los Andes mountains. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaíso’s narrow cobblestone streets, colorful architecture and unique system of trams, funiculars and escaleras (stairways) provide endless opportunities for exploration. 

Established in 1928, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso was the first university founded in the region of Valparaíso and the fourth university founded in Chile. Today, PUCV is recognized as one of the most prestigious, traditional higher educational institutions in the country, and is ranked as the 26th best university in Latin America by QS World University Rankings. The university welcomes over 850 international students each year. 

ISEP students immerse themselves in Chilean culture and daily life by taking university classes 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.

Course Description

This program is specifically designed for international students and combines Spanish language, grammar and writing courses with content courses taught in English and Spanish. It is ideal for students who want to improve their Spanish skills and study Latin American and Chilean culture in a full immersion environment.

In addition to language, history and culture classes, the program also offers coursework in the fields of science, engineering, law, social sciences, business and economics. Click on the content area to view course titles and download syllabi. Students can mix and match any courses from selection below!

Syllabi by Content Area: 

Spanish as a Second Language (Beginner to Advanced)

Social Science & Humanities 

Business & Economics



Life Sciences 

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(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

    Latin American Studies

  • Biology

    Botany/Plant Biology

  • Business


  • Engineering

  • History Recommended!

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Social Sciences

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    Latin American Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture

  • Social Sciences

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: A1 - Novice High
  • LPR Reading Score: A1 - Novice High
  • LPR Listening Score: A1 - Novice High
  • LPR Speaking Score: A1 - Novice High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Students should have at least one semester of Spanish language experience prior to beginning this program. All students must submit an ISEP Language Evaluation with their applications at an A1 (basic) Spanish level. 

Students with a Spanish level of A1 or A2 may only enroll in the Spanish as a second language courses and culture courses taught in English. Students at a B1 level or above may enroll in any program courses, including the culture courses taught in Spanish. 

Most student enroll in 4-5 courses per semester (equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits). 

Course availability is subject to minimum enrollment. 

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