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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Exchange)

IMPORTANT! Please note that this exchange program is limited in spaces we have to send students, and therefore is highly competitive. We encourage you to apply, but please note that we are able to send 2 students during the 2017-2018 year. Students should make sure to have a second program choice if they are not chosen to participate in this program.

The Program

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), a member of Universitas 21, was founded on June 21, 1888.  It is one of Chile’s oldest universities, as well as one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America.  It has 18 Schools distributed on four campus in Santiago and one regional campus located in southern Chile.  Approximately 21,000 students participate in its undergraduate and graduate programs, which cover a wide range of disciplines and professional schools.

The university’s leadership in research and graduate programs has had considerable influence on the country’s cultural and scientific development.  It is an important national center of research in social sciences, health, economics, engineering, agriculture, philosophy, theology and arts.

The Academics

The semesters at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile run March – July, for their first semester, and August – December, for their second semester.

Students who are at an advanced level of Spanish may take a full course load in the regular classes offered at UC and are integrated into the campus community with their Chilean peers.

If you are not proficient in Spanish there are a limited number of courses offered in English each semester to choose from.  In addition, UC offers Spanish language courses for foreigners.  Some of these courses are at an additional fee, however, if you were to take the “Reinforcement Level Course” it is free to exchange partners.  Information on their Spanish Language and Culture Courses for Foreign Students can be found here UC also offers an intensive language program just before the beginning of each semester per the request of the student, and if there are enough exchange students interested in participating.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3021 Contemporary Latin America 127 Formacion y desarrollo de la cultura latinoamericana 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study ENF 1126 Salud Intercultural 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study SOL196A-1 Antropologia Amerindia Comparada 3 6/30/2018
CHIN 1193 Foreign Study LET052E Lingua y Cultura China 3 6/30/2018
ENGL 2301 + ENGL 3693 World Literature in English + Foreign Study LET1315-1-21-2015 World Literature 3 + 1 12/31/2020
GEOG 4710 + GEOG 4093 Geography of Latin America + Foreign Study GEO2900-1 Geografia de America Latina y el Caribe 3 + 1 6/30/2017
HIST 2993 Foreign Study Ihi2371-1-21-2015 Mujer Y Sociedad En Chile 5 12/31/2020
HIST 3993 Foreign Study IHV0103 Historia de America Y Chile Siglo XX 4 12/31/2017
LLAS 3293 Foreign Study Latin America SAE002 Seminario de Cultura Chilena 3 6/30/2019
LLAS 3575 Cinema and Society in Latin America ESO2772 Cine Latinoamericano y Contemporaneo 3 6/30/2019
PHIL 1175 Ethical Issues in Health Care 131E Bioetica 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3235 Latin American Politics 114 Procesos Politicos en America Latina 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
POLS 3993 Foreign Study ICP0125 Corrupción Política en América Latina 3 6/30/2020
SOCI 3451 + Sociology of Health + Foreign Study SOL 142 Sociologia de Salud 3 + 1 12/31/2017

The Experience

The capital city of Santiago is a modern and safe city in the heart of the Metropolitan Region of Chile.  With over 6 million inhabitants, you can find very modern buildings, an extensive and efficient subway and public transportation system, as well as, urban centers and beautiful green areas.  Located less than two hours from the coast, Santiago is also very close to some of the best skiing centers in the southern hemisphere.

When students arrive, they will attend a special program of orientation about UC and Santiago conducted by the International Academic Relations Office.  They also handle the registration process, as well as all administrative and academic concerns for foreign students.  It serves as the liaison between international students and the various faculties, and provides some personal counseling.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile does not own housing facilities so students make their own arrangements to stay in student residences, hostels, or with a Chilean family.  Information on housing options can be found by clicking here.

Participants will also need to obtain a student visa for this program.  Information can be found by visiting the Chilean Consulate website.


Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Santiago, Chile
  • Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: 4 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3