Founded in 1888, Universidad Católica de Chile has long been one of Latin America’s most respected institutions of higher learning. A strong emphasis on research as well as teaching is evident in its major research institutes, with focus on political science, language, literature, and history. In light of its strong and enduring tradition of academic excellence, the university enjoys particularly high prestige among Chilean students and academia. It functions on a semester system. Approximately 15,000 students attend the university.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
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PUC Grade UM Grade
10 PUC credits = 4 UM credits
8 PUC credits = 3 UM credits
Full-time status = 35-50 PUC credits
Minimum GPA 3.0. Fluency or advanced skills in Spanish language. UM students should have taken through at least SPA 301 (or the equivalent course) prior to participation.
The international office at PUC can provide students with information regarding housing arrangements. However, it is the student’s responsibility to make the housing arrangements. There are three basic housing possibilities suggested by the university:
1. Apartment rentals: PUC has compiled a list of real estate agencies and apartment rental companies in Santiago.
2. Homestay with local family: PUC’s housing page provides the name and information of the university’s contact for homestay arrangements. Students should contact this liaison directly, using the contact information provided on the website.
3. Student residences: Students may opt to live in student residences located throughout Santiago and its suburbs. These residences are also listed on PUC’s housing page.
This is an Exchange Program:
As an exchange student, you will have the opportunity to experience university life in a completely different way. For example, you might find that courses abroad are not equal to three UM credits. The format of assessment might be different, with great emphasis being placed on one big test versus smaller assignments throughout the semester. The amount of time spent in class can vary greatly from country to country as well as the amount of independent learning that is expected. Exchange students are guests of the host university and will not receive any services that the local, degree-seeking students do not receive. The university abroad may not provide the same amenities as the University of Miami and the level of customer service can vary.
Exchange programs open the door for students to have the experience of a university student in a different country. It is important to talk to your study abroad advisor about your level of comfort with the challenges that await you abroad. Your advisor may be able to suggest an exchange program that offers more of the services to which you have become accustomed, or can direct you to a semester on location program. Students who have chosen to embark on an exchange program have reported that by overcoming obstacles encountered abroad, they have gained independence and self-confidence, and were challenged to broaden their perspectives.
Spring (First Semester): March-July
Fall (Second Semester): August-December
For more specific arrival and departure dates, please reference the university’s academic calendar
Contact a former participant who will gladly answer your questions.