The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), founded in 1928, has established itself as one of the most prestigious, traditional higher educational institutions in Chile. The student body numbers over 14,000 students. The PUCV facilities include a modern library system, sport centers, specialized laboratories, and recreational centers. The university runs a television channel, radio station, and film storehouse.
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The university is composed of different campuses and university centers located in the main cities of the Valparaíso region. The region combines beautiful weather, wonderful beaches and the splendid Cordillera de Los Andes. With a population of more than one million, the region has a multicultural flavor. The city of Valparaíso is the cultural and legislative capital, and the main commercial harbor, of Chile. Seventy miles from the capital city of Chile, Santiago, Valparaíso fascinates visitors with its history, geography, and architecture.
HOUSING & MEALS
Program participants live with host families, which offers an excellent opportunity to learn about family life in Chile, meet locals, and practice Spanish on a daily basis.
Accommodations are arranged with carefully selected host families. In general only one student is placed per family; in all cases, students have their own room.
Past participants report that the informal learning with their family was as important as their classwork to their academic experience. In the words of a past student, "I was so glad to live with a host family rather than in a hotel or dorm. It was a great cultural experience."
Students will take courses in Spanish and can choose from a number of courses in fields including agronomy, sciences (biology, chemistry, kinesiology, physics), economics, engineering, natural resources (geography, oceanography), and religious sciences. Participants may enroll in Spanish language courses and courses for international students in combination with regular university courses. Academics - Chile
Below you will find more information on program costs: Spring 2017 (Exchange); Fall 2017 (Study Abroad)
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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Students in Chile often meet friends through host families. Other ways students have gotten involved are by joining gyms, taking dance or cooking classes, and attending events at the university.
"[The program] provides a lot of flexibility of classes and activities while you're there, and the culture is quite different and fascinating."
"As a part of Chilean culture (and Latin American culture), families are very close. That is to say, my fellow Chilean classmates all lived at home, had no campus to live on, they spent a lot of time at home, and there was not a strong university community to take part in. Therefore, while studying in Chile, getting to know my host family was key to experiencing Chilean culture, because family life is so integral."
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.