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Study Abroad Programs with Spanish

Studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile fortified within me essential abilities of calculated risk-taking, communication across languages and cultures, and producing quality work under unfamiliar criteria in a foreign environment. I learned how to stand up for myself as an individual and continuously build upon my strengths through self-advocacy and purposeful awareness.

Samantha Abrams '17, ISEP Direct: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile, Spring 2016 


Note: Students must be enrolled in an appropriate language course the semester or summer before study abroad.  Language programs are open to students in all disciplines.  Prerequisites for language are the minimum required for the program, more language study is highly recommended.

Chile – ISEP:  Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (D, Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish for courses for foreigners; 5 semesters to take courses with Chilean students.
  • Housing: Host family in Viña del Mar.
  • Details: Core courses in Spanish literature, conversation, and composition for foreigners at multiple levels, as well as area studies courses. General curriculum is available to students with adequate Spanish proficiency, determined by a placement examination. Community engagement opportunities available.  
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower (D), same (Ex).

Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish and English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, 3.0 in Spanish, 4 semesters of college-level  Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course in the prior semester. Prior study of Latin America strongly recommended.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Quito in Transition course taught remotely by a Beloit College faculty member encourages critical engagement with Quito. Full range of humanities, social science, and science courses, some with field study trips. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses taught in Spanish.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

Spain - CIEE: Seville (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Prereqs: 2.9 GPA, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish, enrollment in a Spanish course in the prior semester. Prior study of Spain strongly recommended.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Intensive content or grammar focused on Spanish language development followed by a combination of 3 university course plus a 4th university or CIEE Center course.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

Spain - ISEP: Universidad Alfonso X del Sabio (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, 5 semesters college-level Spanish.  Spanish course in the prior semester.
  • Housing: Apartments or dormitories.
  • Details: Smaller university 30 minutes from Madrid. The Faculty of Applied Languages offers courses in Spanish as a Second Language, Modern Languages, Modern Languages and Management, Translation & Interpreting. Intensive Spanish language courses available.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

Spain - ISEP: Universidad de Murcia (D, Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture program), Spring or academic year (university enrollment). 
  • Prereqs. 2.75 GPA. 4 semesters of college-level Spanish. Spanish course in the prior semester.
  • Housing: Apartments.
  • Details: Students with only 4 semesters of Spanish enroll in the Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture program for foreigners. A semester in this program can be combined with a semester of university enrollment. Students with more advanced Spanish can enroll in the university without taking the program for foreign students.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

Note:  Students with multiple disciplinary interests are encouraged to look at the appropriate major and/or minor pages to identify options that meet these as well as their Spanish interests.  They may also want to review other ISEP options for study in Latin America and Spain. These are listed in the options section of Beloit College's Studio Abroad site.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 10/2017