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Valparaiso, Chile Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.75. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. Students must have successfully completed Spanish 301 prior to departure. 


Students attending PUCV for one or two semesters have access to a number of different types of courses, all taught in Spanish.  Participants can take courses from one or a combination of the following groups:
  • Spanish language and grammar courses (exclusively for international students)
  • Subject area courses related to literature, history, Latin American studies, and cultural studies (exclusively for international students)
  • Regular PUCV courses (available to all PUCV students, including international and domestic)
Each student is required to take at least 15 PUCV credits per semester.  PUCV credits are equivalent to UW-Eau Claire credits.  Most courses are 3 or 4 credits, which means each student typically takes 4 or 5 courses per semester.

Spanish Language & Grammar Courses
The following courses are offered each semester exclusively to international students.  These courses range from 3 to 6 PUCV credits.  All non-native Spanish speakers take a placement test upon arrival to determine the appropriate level for Spanish language and grammar courses
PUCV Course Code, Number, Title = UW-Eau Claire Equivalency
PIIE 240/340 Cultura, Chilena y Español Comunicativo - intermedio/avanzado = SPAN 405 Advanced Conversation
PIIE 350 Español Escrito - avanzado = SPAN 302 Advanced Conversation & Composition
PIIE 351 Escritura creativa en español = SPAN 907 Upper Division Elective
PIIE 360/460 Gramática Español para extranjeros - intermedio/avanzado = SPAN 410 Advanced Grammar

Subject Area Courses Exclusively for International Students
The following courses are typically offered each semester; however, the exact schedule may vary.  These courses range from 2 to 4 PUCV credits.
PUCV Course Code, Number, Title = UW-Eau Claire Equivalency
MUS 084 Danzas tradicionales = DNCE 907 Lower Division Elective
LCL 432 Poesía Latinoamericana contemporánea = SPAN 475 Topics in Latin American Literature
LCL 434 Prácticas y discursos del cuento Latinoamericano = SPAN 475 Topics in Latin American Literature
LCL 523 Narrativa hispanoamericana, siglo XVII y XIX = SPAN 476 The Novel in Latin America I: 1850-1950
LCL 531 Poesía Chilena del siglo XX: Neruda, Parra, Huidobro = SPAN 491 Special Topics
HIS 513 Historia moderna de Chile = HIS 944 Lower Division Elective GE 4 Foreign Culture
HIS 554 Arte y sociedad en Chile prehispánico = ARTH 907 Upper Division Elective
HIS 557 Historia urbana y regional de Valparaíso = HIST 980U, Upper Division Elective, GE4. LE-K3
HIS 561 Historia de América Latina en el siglo XX = SPAN 907 Upper Division Elective
PIIE 421 Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America = HIST 311 Latin America Since Independence
PIIE 451 Latino Studies = LAS 222 Introduction to U.S. Latino History and Culture
PIIE 563 Globalización e integración en Latino América = SPAN 421 Government, Business, and Media in Spain and Latin America
PIIE 564 Migración e interculturalidad en Latino América = GEOG 934 Upper Division Elective GE 3 Foreign Culture
PIIE 565 Estudios de cultura de Chile y Latinoamérica = ANTH 934 Upper Division Elective GE 3 Foreign Culture

Regular PUCV Courses
These courses are part of the regular PUCV curriculum and range from 2 to 4 PUCV credits.  They are taken alongside local Chilean students pursing their degrees at PUCV.  The schedule of available coursework is confirmed approximately one month prior to the beginning of the semester and will be sent to all accepted students at that time. Please view the tentative list of course offerings on PUCV's website

Courses of particular interest to international students may include geography (Chilean and Latin American), arts (art workshops: Taller de América, urban space) and economics (macroeconomics, business administration, economic policy).However, the following is a list of all subject areas: 
  • Agronomy and Food Engineering
  • Architecture, Urbanism, Graphic and Industrial Design & 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) Note: access to psychology courses is limited to students with appropriate background in the field; 
  • Engineering ( biochemical, bioprocesses, chemical, computer sciences, construction, electrical, electronic, industrial, mechanical, extractive metallurgy, transportation)
  • Natural Resources (fishing engineering, geography, oceanography)
  • Religious Sciences
Classes from the following departments are offered on a full year (March to December) basis only: Law, Philosophy, Music, and Special Education. International students can take these courses only if they are attending the PUCV for the full calendar year (March to December).

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To find courses that have been evaluated, go to the Transfer Wizard site by clicking here
  • Choose Chile, then click "Search"
  • Click on Pontifica Univ Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV)
  • Click "Search" again. All courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear. 
If the course does not appear on the transfer wizard, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit. 

Please remember that the transfer wizard is a historical record. There is NO guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future or that they will be offered during the term in which you will be abroad. 

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Language Immersion Requirement

All Spanish and Latin American Studies majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken.  This program meets the language immersion requirement.

Academic Calendar

The Spring program begins in mid-February and ends in mid-July. The fall program begins in late-July and ends in mid-December.  Exact dates are available the semester prior to departure.