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Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaìso (PUCV)

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaìso (PUCV) is located next in the port city of Valparaìso, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Less than two hours from Chile’s bustling capital city of Santiago. Valparaiso houses the Chilean Congress and shares ocean frontage with sister city Vina del Mar. A university town par excellence, the city is known for its vibrant culture, rich history, mild climate and laid back bohemian ambience. PUCV was founded in 1925 and is one of the top universities in South America with more than 14,000 students.

KSC students can study at the university in two ways:

English language track: For students who prefer to study in English, a range of courses in English are offered including "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, "Environment Issues in Chile," and "Human Rights in Latin America."

Spanish language Program: Students with a strong command of Spanish (including Spanish majors) can 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.

KSC students have volunteered in local public schools. "I taught English at a preschool a few hours a week. As a future teacher, it helped me gain empathy towards students who many not speak English as their first language." Maxine Gray - Fall 2016, English language track.

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


KSC students pay the same tuition, fees, room and board as they would for a semester at KSC