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Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (Partner)
Valparaiso, Chile (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Year (SH)
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Majors & Minors:
Accounting, Agronomy, Art, Art History and Criticism, Atmosphere/Earth Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Engineering-Chemical, Engineering-Civil, Engineering-Electrical, Engineering-Industrial, Engineering-Mechanical, English, Geography, Geosciences, Health and Human Performance, History, Human and Family Development, International Business, International Field Geosciences, International Relations, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Media Arts, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Music Education, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Political Science - History, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Womens and Gender Studies
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
2 years Spanish
Minimum GPA:
Program Type:
Partner Exchange, Partner Study Abroad
Program Description:
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso


The Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso (PUCV), founded in 1928, has established itself as one of the most prestigious, traditional higher education institutions in Chile.  With 9 faculties and over 53 academic programs, PUCV offers diversity in study, and beauty in location.

Fast Facts
Exchange levels:  undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction:  Spanish, English
Language requirement:  two years college-level Spanish prior to exchange for courses taught in Spanish; none for courses taught in English
University website:
Length of  exchange:  semester or year; note that PUCB's academic year runs March to December, with a semester break in July
Learn more about Chile

The language of instruction at PUCV is Spanish.  Class options are extremely diverse with some possible subjects including business administration and economics, agricultural sciences, oceanographic sciences, art and architecture, natural and basic sciences, law, religion sciences, education, humanities and engineering. Course information can be found at the following links:
Regular Academic Courses    
Contemporary Latin American Studies Program

Housing & Meals
PUCV does not offer residence halls on campus, but they do help arrange home stays, apartments, or hotels for students.  They highly recommend students stay with host families. 

Cost Information
Students pay their regular tuition to UM, and their room and board in Valparaiso.  The average cost of staying with a host family is US$3,000/semester, meals included.  Apartments cost about US$400/month, plus US$200/month for food.  UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program. 

Credit Transfer
Students register for classes upon arrival in Valparaiso.  The minimum full-time load is 180 hours of class per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester.

Program Dates
Program dates follow PUCV’s southern hemisphere schedule.
Semester 1: March to mid-July
Semester 2: late July to  December 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 02/23/2017 ** Rolling Admission 07/15/2017 12/31/2017
Year (SH) 2018 08/15/2017 08/29/2017 03/01/2018 12/30/2018
Spring 2018 09/12/2017 09/26/2017 03/01/2018 07/15/2018
Fall 2018 02/09/2018 02/23/2018 07/15/2018 12/31/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.