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. 

The Programa Internacional de Intercambio Estudiantil (PIIE) is a great fit for students who want to improve their Spanish language skills and study Chilean culture. 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

The Programa Internacional de Intercambio Estudiantil (PIIE) is especially designed for international students. The program combines Spanish language, grammar and writing courses with Chilean and Latin American history and culture courses in Spanish and English. It is ideal for students who want to improve their Spanish skills in a full immersion environment.

Students can mix and match any courses from PIIE

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 English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies Latin American Studies

Academic Requirements

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

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Undergraduate
(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies

    Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

    Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Language and Culture

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 PIIE courses, including the culture courses taught in Spanish. 

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