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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

Established in 1888, PUC is one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America.
Find out more at PUC's exchanges webpage
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Number of places available: 3 (with priority for MLAC students)


Term Dates:

  • March to July and August to December

Application Deadlines

  • 1st semester (March to July): 15 October of previous year
  • 2nd semester (August to December) : 15 April of current year


Programme Information

Students should take 50 credits per semester (100 for a full year). 50 PUC credits are equivalent to 30 ECTS.

More information on PUC's course/credit requirements.

PUC course catalogue


Academic Requirements/Restrictions

  • The minimum required GPA for applying is 3.0 (or its equivalent).

The following course restrictions apply:

  • Music: only theoretical courses available
  • Medicine: only some technical courses within the areas of public health and clinical rotation. Dentistry, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physical Therapy courses are not available for exchange students.
  • Economics and Management Sciences: available only to students who fulfil the course requirements.
  • Psychology courses: available only to second to fourth-year students.
  • Biological Sciences: Marine Biology courses not available.
  • Arts courses: Arts courses are only available to students who come from Arts-related programs.
  • Architecture: applicants must attach 2 letter-size summarized portfolios in PDF format to the Dropbox folder. Courses for exchange students are limited and cannot be guaranteed. The School of Architecture reserves the right to refuse admission.
  • Sports Courses: students must bring their own equipment according to the sport of their choosing.
  • Performing Arts: students who are interested registering for practical courses at the school of Performing Arts must attach a personal video showing a scene and a monologue in Spanish.


Language Requirements

International students must have a good level of Spanish language ability. Students whose mother tongue is not Spanish must have B2 level (according to CEFR) of Spanish proficiency at the time of applying.


Supporting Documents Required

  • Signed PDF application form.
  • Official Academic Transcript.
  • Nomination letter issued by the International Office of your University.
  • Spanish Proficiency Certificate level B2 (DELE, SIELE or certificate form home university stating level B2). This is only required if you are not a native speaker of Spanish.
  • Passport
  • Colour photo (jpeg)
  • Exchange students applying to take Architecture School courses need to upload a 2 letter-size pages (4 sides) portfolio to their Dropbox folders.


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PUC: Student Support

PUC has a student support centre, offering services including: Psychological Support Unit, Student Health and Support Center for Academic Performance and Vocational Exploration. In addition it lists practical information such as computer rooms, recreational areas, photocopiers, and campus maps.

Click here for the PUC support centre


PUC does not have university owned or arranged accommodation however they do provide information and links to housing providers. 

Other Global Opportunities at PUC

PUC's Global Research Programm is an on-site/virtual international experience program that supports research and creative projects in UC Chile within the Global Internships for Research and Practice-Based Learning framework.

The program aims to enhance and stimulate research collaboration at a global level, connecting UC Chile researchers with master’s and senior undergraduate international students within new, creative, and innovative international research opportunities. The call is open to all areas of knowledge, and interdisciplinary projects are especially welcome to apply (call closed for 2023/24. This page will be updated when the 2024/25 call is open).

More summer/winter opportunities from our partner institutions (internal link).


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This imposing neoclassical building was completed in 1917 and was originally known as the University Palace. Today it houses the University’s main offices and the colleges of Medicine, Law, Biological Sciences and Communication.

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