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Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile (PUC) EXC
Santiago, Chile (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile (PUC) 
Location: Santiago
Year Established: 1888
Student population: 26,200
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) was originally founded to provide technological training in areas such as business, chemistry and electricity. It was declared a Pontifical University in the 1930s and is one of eight catholic universities in Chile. It is an influential institution that has had a considerable influence on Chile’s development in the fields of medicine, engineering, chemistry and architecture.
Studying at UC means you can take courses from a wide variety of different majors, practise your Spanish and meet students from around the world. It’s a major centre for research in social sciences, natural sciences, health, economics, agriculture, philosophy, theology, and arts and humanities.

Unique characteristics
The UC has 18 schools distributed among four campuses in Santiago and one in Villarrica in southern Chile. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
Santiago is home to about 6 million people - almost one third of Chileans. It’s cosmopolitan and busy with excellent cultural facilities, restaurants and museums, and its pleasant leafy streets, beautiful parks and architecture mean it’s a great place for strolling from suburb to suburb. From here you can ski in the Andes Mountains during winter and undertake a large variety of sports in summer.

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university (in Spanish).

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Visual Arts

Health Sciences


Social Work



Exclusions: Music performance, Dentistry, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physical Therapy, Marine Biology
Restrictions: Economics and Management, Visual Arts, Architecture, Performing Arts open to students majoring in these disciplines only.
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: March - July
Semester 2: August - December

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


30-50 credits

PUC advises that exchange students not take more than 30-40 credits per semester, depending on their Spanish language proficiency. 
The above full-time load is indicative only. Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Excellent - 7
Very good – 6
Good – 5
Satisfactory – 4
Fail – 1-3

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period.


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in Spanish, with a limited number of classes offered in English.
Language Requirement
Exchange students must have the equivalent to a B2 level of Spanish to apply. Pre-semester Spanish language courses are available.



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas. Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university (handbook available in Spanish). 
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar (in Spanish).
A mandatory orientation will be held prior to the start of semester.
Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university (in Spanish).
Information from the host university.
Information from the Chilean Consulate in Sydney.

Student Experiences

Alistair Johnston
Bachelor of Arts, Semester 1, 2016
Host City Highlights
The parks and Sunday afternoon fiestas.
Uni Life
Chilean students always want to meet foreigners; there are a lot of clubs and special evenings.
Mostly tutes and seminars for me. The classes for international students were seminars of about 50 people. The other classes were tutes. Same assessments as in Sydney Uni more or less
I'm a vegetarian. Absolute nightmare. Chileans think chicken is the vegetarian option.
I stayed in an apartment in the centre. It was excellent but a touch more expensive. Share houses are reasonably priced.
Money Matters
I didn't work. I budgeted around $200 a week not including rent and I could manage this if I didn't go out often.
Getting Around
Metro system is good and has several lines. Otherwise buses. A trip on the metro is about $1.40 regardless of length.
I'd travel around Chile in summer. There are some beautiful areas of countryside. The cities aren't so interesting. Fly around is generally best due to the size of the country. Peru, Ecuador, Brazil etc. are only a couple of hours away and also possible
Top Tips
La Catolica is a nice university but Santiago is a nicer city. It might take time to get used to, but it’s really charming.

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