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ISEP Direct Chile Summer Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Valparaiso, Chile




2.8 GPA, some prior Spanish.

Application Due:

April 3, 2013, or 10 days before deadline posted on the ISEP webpage.

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

This is a six week program for foreigners at ISEP member Universidad Católica de Valparaíso which offers language and culture classes to beginner and intermediate level students, and classes in advanced conversation and/or literature or contemporary social issues to advanced level students. This is an ISEP Direct program and includes day excursions such as the Cabalgata Dunas de Ritoque and to Santiago, the capital. UI students earn transfer credit.

Advanced students take any two of four courses: Spanish Grammar, Spanish Conversation and Chilean Culture, Contemporary Chilean Literature, or Social and Political Issues in Modern Chile.

Intermediate and beginning students take Spanish Grammar and Conversation, and Chilean Culture. The program is a total of 120 contact hours.

Program Dates

June 16 – July 27, 2013

For More Information

Current information is available here. Find Chile then click on the university name. The on-campus application deadline is ten days prior to the deadline posted by ISEP. A UI administrative fee is charged in addition to the ISEP program fee.


Valparaíso, located 70 miles and an easy bus-ride from Santiago, is the cultural and legislative capital, and the main commercial harbor of Chile. A few miles north lies Viña del Mar, Valparaíso’s sister city and Chile’s premier beach resort. As Chile is located in the southern hemisphere, while it is summer in the U.S., the program takes place during Valparaíso and Viña del Mar’s mild winter.

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Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive on campus by a designated date.

Specific information will be provided in Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office, information on accommodations and other nuts and bolts.

Living Arrangements

Students live with Chilean host families and meals are provided.


2.8 GPA, some prior Spanish.


A UI administrative fee is charged in addition to the ISEP Direct fee posted on the webpage. The Program Fee is charged on the summer U bill and covers tuition, housing and meals, and the Iowa administrative fee.

The Summer 2013 Program fee was $5038 for students that are Iowa residents and $5836 for non-residents. Additional expenses include airfare, ISEP insurance, and personal expenses.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International CISI insurance will also be collected on the U bill.

How to Apply

Students submit their application to the ISEP adviser in the UI Study Abroad office. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your interest and to obtain a Supplementary Instructions for Application sheet.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted beginning February 15. Deadline is 10 days before the deadline posted on the ISEP webpage. Summer 2013 final campus deadline is April 3.

A Country Handbook, found at Placed Students on the ISEP webpage, provides practical information for living in Chile.

Once confirmed by PUCV, students will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of their placement. They will also receive a welcome mailing from their host institution with important academic and arrival information.

All UI students also attend a general TIPS orientation for Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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