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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universidad Icesi

Due to the State Department warning, this program is on hold to Lake Forest applicants until further notice.

 

Colombia’s diversity may astonish you: modern cities with skyscrapers and nightclubs, gorgeous Caribbean beaches, jungle walks and Amazon safaris, colonial cities, archaeological ruins, high-mountain trekking, whale-watching, coffee plantations, scuba diving, surfing.

It’s not hard to believe that ‘magical realism’ emerged here through the works of Gabriel García Márquez – there is a dreamlike quality to Colombia. Located along the equator, with the sun always directly overhead, incredible vistas in all directions and the warmth of the locals – you may find it difficult to return home.

The culture, like the weather, varies by altitude. The essence of Colombia resides in the mountainous cities of Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, and the smaller cities of the Zona Cafetera. In the heat of the Caribbean coast, life is slower, and the culture more laid-back. The accent is the unhurried drawl of the Caribbean.

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.  

Learn more about Universidad Icesi here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

 

 

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Cali, Coloumbia

Languages of Instruction

Spanish - A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent

Program Dates

Fall 2018: January to May

Spring 2019: July to November

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. 
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

 

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Fair.

Location

Icesi University is located in one of the most prosperous regions of Colombia: The Cauca Valley. Colombia is regarded as the second most bio-diverse country on earth and Icesi is fortunate to be located close to the tropical beaches and jungles of the Pacific region that hosts much of this astounding flora and fauna.

Academics

Icesi is a private, non-profit university, founded in 1979 by key business leaders in the region. With strong programs in business (AACSB accredited), humanities, engineering and natural and health sciences, the university is located in one of the most prosperous regions of Colombia: The Cauca Valley. The International Office provides a buddy program and city tours.

Universidad Icesi is particularly strong in programs in business (AACSB accredited), humanities, engineering and natural and health sciences. Students can also study different languages, including English (for non-native speakers), French, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, and German. 

Students typically enroll in 5-6 classes per term which average to 15-20 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 weeks. 

 

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:

http://www.isep.org/students/Placed/country_handbooks.asp

 

ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

 

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

 

Coursework

Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester for Intermediate and Advanced levels. All undergraduate students will register for this class. Please note it is a non-credit bearing course.

 

Courses in the following fields may be limited to ISEP students: Industrial Design, Interactive Media Design and Medicine.

 

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

1. Go to the Courses page to find a list of the programs offered at Icesi.
2. Under each Facultad, click on the carreras (majors) to see its general description, syllabus, professors, courses, among other useful information.
3. On the next page, look for a link that may say “Plan curricular” or “Plan de Estudios” to see courses offered.
4. If you are studying January-May, only the classes listed in the ODD-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. If you are studying July-November, only the classes listed in the EVEN-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. The annual courses are year-long courses instructed during the Southern Hemisphere academic full year (January – November)

Note: The courses may not be available each semester. Some courses are full-year only (January – November) and these are known as annual. Upon receipt of your application, the ISEP Coordinator at UCU will confirm whether or not your desired courses are available during your requested study period.

Experiential Opportunities

The student activity council provides many opportunities for volunteering in the community through campus organizations. Internships are available through selected departments; contact your ISEP Coordinator and faculty advisor upon arrival.

Student Life

ORIENTATION

Orientation takes place during the first week and includes a special program during the weekend with local and international students. Orientation is held on-and off-campus and covers academic issues, registration advising, academic life and information on cultural and social aspects of Colombia. It includes tours of the campus and downtown Cali.

The first day, a member of your host family or a student from Icesi will take you to the university, where Orientation will be held, and then take you back home. The second day, students will take the language placement test in the morning and register for classes in the afternoon. (Note that at Icesi a full-time program constitutes taking five-six classes.) All students will be registering for the Spanish class (intermediate or advanced level) plus four-five more courses (an art course, a humanities course, and two major or minor courses are suggested).

ARRIVAL DETAILS 

Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be picked up at the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Through the office of Bienestar Universitario, Icesi offers many extracurricular activities, including gymnastics, theater, music, art, dance, sports, volunteering, social activities - and much more!

During the first month in Cali, international students will be accompanied by local students to familiarize them with university student regulations, system and academic methodology, the culture, local transport system and other items to help with adjustment to life in Cali and at the university.

Housing and Meals

All students are housed with host families. Students receive a monthly meal stipend equivalent to 19 meals per week. The stipend can be used to prepare meals, purchase meals at cafeterias, and purchase meals at restaurants. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 

 $325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

Additional Meals

 $400

Estimated Airfare

 $1,200

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,100

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $3,635

Total

 

$31,147 

 

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.