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Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaìso (PUCV)

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaìso (PUCV) is located next to the Pacific Ocean in the port city of Valparaìso, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Less than two hours from ChileÍs busting capital city of Santiago, Valparaiso houses the Chilean Congress and shares its ocean frontage with sister city Vina del Mar. Together these two adjoining cities have a population of over a million. A university town par excellence, Valparaiso is an ideal place to live and learn as the city is known for its vibrant culture, rich history, mild climate and laid back bohemian ambience.

PUCV was founded in 1925 and is ranked among the top universities in Chile, and South America. More than 14,000 students study at PUV (undergraduate and graduate). It has been at the forefront of internationalization in Chile, and has a very active exchange office. More than 700 international students a year study at PUCV in a variety of programs offered.

KSC students can study at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in two different ways:

The "Academic Stay in English" program: Available for students who prefer to study in English. Course offerings include "Contemporary Latin American Films," "Political and Social Change in Chile and Latin America," "Latino Studies," "Resistance, Appropriation and Sustainability: Cross-Cultural Encounters with the Native Mapuche People," "Human Rights in Latin America," and "Environment Issues in Chile."

Spanish Language Program: Students with a strong command of Spanish (including Spanish majors) can participate in the PUCV program for High level Spanish speakers. In this program, students choose from a combination of "Spanish for Foreigners" classes at their specific language level, special content courses for foreigners taught in Spanish, and PUCV regular university courses.

Accommodation Type


Semester Dates

Late February through late June Late July through late November

Language of Instruction

Academic Stay in English: English language. No Spanish needed.
Spanish Language program: Advanced Spanish. Approved by ML for Sp 350


As an exchange partner, KSC students pay the same tuition and fees as they would at KSC. Housing and meals costs are reasonable making this program an EXCELLENT VALUE.