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UMD Exchange: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile)

Santiago, Chile
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Spanish

PUC Chile

Host Institution
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC Chile), founded in 1738, is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It includes thirteen faculties that range from arts and sciences to law and medicine. The university has 23,000 undergraduate students and 55 libraries that contain some two million volumes, divided among the various departments. Students are fully integrated into the life of the university and able to take regular courses in any of its faculties, which are located in five campuses accessible by public transportation that includes a subway as well as buses.

Host City
Santiago is the capital and largest city of Chile. Recently, Santiago has undergone an economic and cultural boom and is now home to new cultural centers, museums, and parks. The region combines beautiful weather, wonderful beaches, and the splendid Cordillera de Los Andes. With a population of more than one million, the region has a multicultural flavor.

Universitas 21
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website: http://universitas21.com/
 


Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must have completed four (4) semesters of university level Spanish. Students who do not have four semesters of university level Spanish will not be considered.

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.


  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Exchange students can enroll in regular PUC Chile courses or take special courses in English and Spanish. Courses are available in Agriculture and Forestry, Architecture, Design and Urban Studies, Arts, Biological Sciences, Economic and Administrative Sciences, Social Sciences, Communication, Law, Education, Philosophy, Physics, History, Geography, and Political Science, Engineering, Math, and Chemistry. Courses are taught in Spanish. PUC-Chile offers very limited courses in English each semester.

Please review the PUC-Chile course offerings website for more details. After following this link, please follow the links on the left hand side of the screen to see the course offerings and special courses offered for exchange students. You must sort through the course offerings by discipline in the course catalogue.

The following academic areas have restrictions:
 
1) Music: Exchange students can only take theory courses.
 
2) Medicine: exchange students can only take certain theoretical courses in public health and clinical rotations. Odontology, Nutrition and Dietetics and Kinesiology are not available to apply.
 
3) Economics and Administrative Sciences: Courses restricted to applicants who fulfill the requirements of each course.
 
4) Psychology Courses: Students in their second to fourth year in the major may  apply.
 
5) Biological Sciences: Marine Biology courses are restricted.
 
6) Art Courses: Art courses are available just to art major applicants.
 
7) Achitecture: Students can apply only to: Taller de proyectos  (Formación 1st-3rd year / Ejercitación 4th y 5th year) Core courses (no restriction) and optative courses  (2 as maximum).  Student cannot apply to: Aulas de Título (career final project),Taller de Investigación(reasearch workshop), Práctica de Obras y Práctica Profesional (professional practice). There are few spots for Architecture and the acceptance in this programme cannot be guaranteed.  The School of Architecture reserves its right of admission. 
 
8) Communication: Publicity is not available to apply.
 
9) Sports Courses: Students must bring their personal equipment
    to class, according to the sport of interest.

10) Odontology Courses.

Credit

All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

PUC- Chile Credit UMD Credit
1 PUC credit 2.5 UMD credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on March 12, 2015.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

FOR ENGR: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university. You can also refer to the full list of ENGR course equivalencies.To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide.

FOR UMD: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents through the UMD Registrar’s transfer credit equivalency database page for this university.

FOR BMGT: You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents by viewing the BMGT course list for this university.


PUC-Chile does not offer accommodation for exchange students but provides a list of contacts, including a contact for homestays, which students can use to arrange independent housing.You can learn more about accommodation on the PUC-Chile website.


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/11/2016 02/27/2017 07/03/2017
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017