Study Abroad in Valparaiso, Chile!

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is a nationally accredited university and is currently one of the most important universities in Chile that offers a wide variety of professional and academic programs.

Students who want to study abroad in Valparaiso, Chile can choose from the following programs:

  • Academic Year Program:
    Study with Chilean students and choose from a wide range of disciplines that include areas of administration and economics, agriculture, ocean sciences, art and architecture, basic sciences, social sciences, legal sciences, religious sciences, education, humanities and engineering. Click her to review Academic Offerings.

  • Semester Programs:
    You can choose Spanish Language and Culture study abroad program for international students or semester courses with your Chilean peers. The programs are offered in March - July and July - December.

  • January Open Spanish Language and Culture Program:
    A 4-week program designed for international students to improve their listening and oral Spanish language skills.

  • "Summer" Spanish Language and Culture Programs:
    Two four-week programs for international students oriented to improve communicational and cultural skills. The programs are offered in May - June and June - July.

Regular university courses are taught in Spanish. PUCV requires having at least 4 semesters of college Spanish. Otherwise, student may need to take one of the intensive Spanish language sessions during January or May-July before starting spring or fall terms.

It is also possible for students doing the semester program to take only Spanish courses (there is no restriction regarding the level and the total number of credits on Spanish courses)

Mixed Program Concept:

You can start your Semester Program in January with participation in the January Open Spanish Program, have an opportunity to explore Chile and meet people in February (independent travel) and enroll in the academic courses program of your choice March through July. In addition to academic studies, you can also enroll in intensive Spanish classes.

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What is included in Semester and Academic Year Study Abroad Programs.

The following benefits are available to international students, regardless of whether enrollment is a year long or for one semester :

  • Regular classes at PUCV: International students can enroll in nearly all of the regular classes or courses the University has to offer. According to their preferences and knowledge of Spanish, students will have a wide variety to choose from.

  • Spanish as a Second Language courses.

  • Sporting and recreational activities.

  • Extracurricular workshops.

  • Basic medical and dental services.

  • Access to the Internet.

  • Activities and excursions.

  • Host family accommodations. Independent housing is also available.

  • Airport transfer.

Each semester students will also have a weeklong orientation prior to the beginning of the semester. During the orientation process PUCV students will be given useful information about the most advisable classes to take, plus useful tips about the University and the city in general.

Conversation Partner Sessions: Lots of interest has been demonstrated for the "Conversation Partner" sessions. This system allows international students to meet Chilean classmates and talk for half an hour in Spanish, and half an hour in their native language. International students first heard about this during orientation week and were excited and willing to participate. On the other hand, Chilean students at PUCV had trouble making a "reservation" for these language exchange sessions, since there were not enough international students for the large group of Chileans who wanted to practice their second languaje. This is not only a language exchange, but also a cultural one.

Volunteering: For four years the University has been working with private and governmental institutions along with students providing community services in the region. The experience has been very rewarding for both the community and the international students. Click here to learn more about Community Services.

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