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Chile is the gateway to Latin America and an ideal study destination. Having a territory lined with 4500 kilometers (2794.5 miles) of coastal waters along the Pacific Ocean, home to almost all types of landscapes and climate to be found in the world - from the desert sands to everlasting icebergs, beaches, humid forests, lakes, and steppes. Since the return of its democracy in the early 1990s, Chile has become widely recognized for its political, economic, and social stability. Chile also boasts rich literary and cultural heritage. Chile is one of the most prosperous Latin American countries and the benefits of this prosperity include an excellent educational system and a multitude of distinguished universities. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) is one of these universities.
The university is located in the city Valparaíso with a population of 264,000. Valparaíso is known as "The Jewel of the Pacific" and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. The city is built upon dozens of steep hillsides and it overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1536, Valparaíso is not only one of Chile's most important port cities; it is also it's third largest city. Valparaíso remains a source of inspiration for artists of all types, including the well-known Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. It is also only a two-hour bus ride away from Chile's capital city, Santiago.
Since its foundation in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), has expanded and developed its academic scope to become one of the most important universities in the country. It offers more than one hundred undergraduate, post-graduate, and specialization programs to a highly qualified student body of over 14,000. For details on the PUCV study abroad program, please read the Information sheet: PUCV Information Sheet
The program is designed for students who want to learn and improve their Spanish language skills. Students will have the opportunity to take courses in Spanish language and Latin American studies with international students, as well as many electives with local Chileans, while improving their ability to read, write, and speak Spanish. For more information about the university, program and courses you can view the following website: Study at PUCV, Estudiar en la PUCV, then go to (Programa Semestral de intercambio) and scroll down page to ¿Que Puedo estudiar en la PUCV? Students take courses in English and Spanish there is no language requirement for this program. Courses are offered from beginner to advanced level. Students at high-intermediate to advanced Spanish language have the option of taking courses alongside Chilean students. For further details regarding courses, please view the PUCV Information sheet pages 7 and 8: PUCV Information Sheet
PUCV offers three different course options for international students:
- Academic Stay in English - Allows students to study in English and take beginner Spanish courses;
- Academic Stay - Allows students to take courses specifically designed for international students while also allowing high-intermediate and advanced level Spanish speaking students to take regular university courses offered at PUCV along with Chilean students;
- Contemporary Latin American Studies - Allows students to combine core courses , exclusive to international students and elective courses with Chilean students.
Housing & Meals
Students have the option of residing with a host family or finding their own independent housing accommodations. It is highly advised that students reside with a host family as this housing option is arranged by the Office of International Programs at PUCV. Students in the host family program will have their own private room, a safety deposit box, laundry services, and three meals per day. Students submit housing payment directly to PUCV upon arrival or via bank to bank wire prior to departure for Valparaiso.
Costs (budget sheet)
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All participants in this program are required to apply for and obtain a long stay student visa at the Chilean Consulate in New York City. A visa is a stamp that will be placed in your passport allowing you to study abroad in Chile for a period that is longer than 90 days. Instructions on obtaining the Chilean student visa will be provided upon acceptance to the program. Note: Non-US passport holders may require a different procedure. A student will not be able to apply for the student visa until he or she receives the official letter of acceptance from PUCV. For further details on the student visa process, you may begin reading the information found at: Consular Service System - Visa Solicitud online SAC.
Students make their own flight arrangements to Viña del Mar airport in Valparaíso. The Viña del Mar airport is about 11 minutes via taxi to PUCV. Students may also fly into the Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport or Santiago International Airport (SCL or SCEL) located in Santiago, Chile. Santiago is Chile's capital city and about 75 miles from Valparaíso. Students arriving on the official program date will be met at the airport by PUC-V arranged transportation and taken to their housing accommodations. Student who do not arrive on the official arrival date will be responsible to make their way via taxi to their housing accommodations.
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist, Lizette Alvarado, for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.