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Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru EXC
Lima, Peru (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP)
Location: Lima
Year established: 1917
Student population: 22,000 

Founded in 1917 as Peru's first non-profit private institution of higher learning, PUCP is highly regarded for its academic excellence, research, infrastructure and the reputation of its alumni. The founding schools at the University were Letters and Laws, with the Schools of Engineering, and Political and Economic Sciences, Education and the Academy of Catholic Art added subsequently. Despite using the titles Catholic and Pontifical in its name, PUCP is not recognised by the Holy See, given that it does not award any ecclesiastical degrees.
Studying at PUCP means you can take courses from a wide variety of different majors, practise your Spanish and meet students from around the world. You can also obtain a certificate in Peruvian Studies, by enrolling in specialised multidisciplinary courses across archaeology, anthropology, economics, geography, history, linguistics, literature, political science and scoiology.

Unique characteristics
PUCP has 11 faculties across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Notable alumni include renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino and former UN Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar.
Peru is unique for its ecological and cultural diversity, astounding landscapes, the personality of its inhabitants, historically rich cities, and beautiful archaeological monuments. The city of Lima, founded in 1535, is the capital of Peru. It is located on the Pacific coast, and has a population of 8 million people. Lima is both modern and cosmopolitan, with many pre-Columbian archaeological sites as well.


Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university.

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences





Performing Arts

Visual Arts and Design






Restrictions: Some courses may be closed due to lack of vacancies. Courses especially from Liberal Art – Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication Sciences and Arts may be restricted.
Teaching Periods: Semesters
Semester 1: March - July
Semester 2: August - December

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester):

University of Sydney

Host University


12-15 credits

One PUCP credit equals one lecture hour per week or a minimum of two lab hours per week. Each academic semester is seventeen (17) weeks long. Depending on the difficulty level, courses can have 2 to 5 credits.
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
At the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, academic performance is graded on a twenty-point scale, eleven (11) being the minimum passing grade.

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.
Language Requirements
Exchange students must have at least a B1 level of Spanish. Language classes at the host university are taught via an off-campus Language Institute, which is a fee paying course and is not available on an exchange basis. 



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

PUCP does not have dormitories, but the International Student Exchange Division provides international students with a list of residences and families, which need to be contacted directly.

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.

Peru Lima

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
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 Peruvian Consulate in Sydney.

Student Experiences

PUCP is a brand new exchange partner in 2017! Apply now and be the first to tell us about your experience!

Peru Machu Picchu

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