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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universidad Catolica del Norte - Antofagasta

The Universidad Católica del Norte (Catholic University of the North) is a Catholic and pluralistic university. Founded in 1956 in the city of Antofagasta, it was the third Catholic university to be established in Chile and in 1964 it was recognized by the Government of Chile as an autonomous university, integrated with the Council of Presidents of Chilean Universities as the eighth oldest university in Chile. UCN is an accredited institution by a National Commission (CNAP), an autonomous institution created by the Ministry of Education of Chile.  

The strategic objectives of the University place an emphasis on educating the student as a complete person and pursing UCN’s international vocation, promoting the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities at the academic level while cultivating spiritual values in the personal realm.

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

 

Program Type

Exchange

Locations

Antofagasta, Chile

Languages of Instruction

Spanish - A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent

Program Dates

Fall 2018 Early September to Late December

Spring 2019: Early January to Early May


Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar.  

Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.

 If you want to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere, consider starting your program at the beginning of their academic year in February or March. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses. For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February-March).

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
  • 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.  
  • Language Requirement: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students must have an advanced level of Spanish. 
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Very Good.

Location

Antofagasta is truly one of the world’s unique locations and is known as the Mining Capital of Chile. With 20 km (12 miles) of beachfront and ocean to the left and the desert and Andes Mountains to the right, this resort area offers year-round sunshine (average temperature of 17°C/64°F) in a dry climate. With the clearest skies in the world, with no more than 20 cloudy days in a year, this region of Chile is internationally recognized as an ideal location for astronomical observation. A number of national and international observatories and some of the world’s largest telescopes are found here.  

The area is surrounded by picturesque mountain villages, beautiful sites such as the Atacama Salt Flat and the Valle de la Luna, interesting fauna, and archaeological treasures. A tourist center of international renown, and Chile’s “archaeological capital ”, San Pedro de Atacama, is located 200 miles (320km) from Antofagasta. It is known for its natural attractions, rich historical heritage, archeological sites and Andean indigenous settlements.

Academics

Chile boasts one of the strongest higher education systems in South America. Universities provide the highest degree of learning in Chile, combining teaching, research, and outreach activities to their diversified programs.  The Universidad Católica del Norte (Catholic University of the North) is a Catholic and pluralistic university. Founded in 1956 in the city of Antofagasta, it was the third Catholic university to be established in Chile and in 1964 it was recognized by the Government of Chile as an autonomous university, integrated with the Council of Presidents of Chilean Universities as the eighth oldest university in Chile. UCN is an accredited institution by a National Commission (CNAP), an autonomous institution created by the Ministry of Education of Chile. 

The strategic objectives of the University place an emphasis on educating the student as a complete person and pursuing UCN’s international vocation, promoting the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and abilities at the academic level while cultivating spiritual values in the personal realm.

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

1. Go to the Carreras page to find a list of the programs offered at UCN-Antofagasta.
2. 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 titled “Malla curricular” to see courses offered.
4. IMPORTANT: When listing courses on the Course Request List, you must include the semester in which it is being offered, the title of the course, and the name of the Carrera from which the course is being offered. EXAMPLE: Semestre 5: Psicología Educacional I (Psicología).
5. If you are studying March-July, only the classes listed in the ODD-NUMBERED semesters will be available to you. If you are studying August-December, 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 (March – December)

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

Language Courses: Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year or semester for Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Pre-session: A 2-week pre-session, intensive Spanish language course is offered before both semesters for an additional fee for Intermediate level students. Contact hours per course: 40

 

ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT AND TEACHING STYLE

Lecturing is the principal method of instruction in Latin American Universities, with one final exam or paper counting as the only grade in the class. Still, some professors will also give midterm exams or papers. In most Latin American countries, the grading philosophy is that the student starts at 0 (has no knowledge of the subject) and needs to work hard to obtain a good grade. The student’s grade rises as he proves his gain of knowledge throughout the semester. As such, Latin American universities tend to be severe in their grading and a grade of Muy Bueno (7 - the highest grade possible in Chile) is rarely awarded. In most classes, the majority of students will receive either suficiente orbueno (from 4 to 6).

In addition,15 in-class contact hours are equal to one credit at most US institutions;
students should enroll in 225 hours of classes for 15 US credits or 4 Lake Forest credits. To earn 12 US credits, students must enroll in 180 hours of class.

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.

Student Life

Orientation lasts 2-3 days and during these days, students are welcomed and advised about their courses, student visa status, Chilean culture and family, transportation, university facilities, academic calendar, etc.

Housing and Meals

All students are housed with host families and receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the host family. 

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 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.

Experiences of Former Students

Got questions? Contact an ISEP Student Ambassador who studied in this region.

Links

http://www.isep.org/students/Directory/member_site.asp?CSID=67&ID=277