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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated June, 2019

Academic Information

Language of InstructionPuc Chile Centre for Innovation campus San Joaquin

  1. Courses are taught in Spanish, with a small number of courses available in English.
  2. All students attending UC must have a suitable level of Spanish - even when planning to take only courses in English while on exchange.

Course Information

UC offers over 3,500 regular courses in various areas.


Spanish Language Courses

The Spanish courses at UC are not part of the exchange agreement. Exchange students will pay for courses to UC directly.

Spanish courses and fees

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: March - December
  • First Semester: March - July
  • Second Semester: August - December

Academic calendar

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum Course Load: 30 Credits per Semester
  • Maximum Course Load: 50 Credits per Semester

One credit: one hour of work per week.

Most courses at UC are 10 credit courses (4 contact hours + 6 hours of individual work per week) during 18 weeks (one semester).

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


UC does not provide accommodation for foreign students. Students are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.


Estimated cost of Living

Estimated cost of living

Additional Information

Information for international students

Student Visa and Insurance

Student Visa and Insurance information

PUC Chile visa information

Government of Chile

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

PUC Chile buildingFounded in 1888, The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is a national non state University with 30% public support. UC has 18 Schools distributed among four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus located in the south of Chile

UC website


The City of Santiago

PUC Chile campus at nightChile's capital city and cultural and economic centre of the nation, Santiago occupies a spectacular intermountain basin at the foot of the highest peaks in the Andes. Safe and modern, Santiago sits in a basin between the Coast Range to the west and the Andes to the east.

World-class ski areas in the central Andes lie only forty-five minutes away, up steep switchbacks which climb over 7500 feet in twenty-six miles. Numerous vineyards surround the capital; hot springs, seventeenth-century colonial haciendas, and national parks in both the Andes and the Coast Range, all make easy day trips. At night, visitors may choose from a variety of restaurants serving all types of regional and ethnic cuisines.

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email