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Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
Valparaiso, Chile (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
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The main campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Spanish) sits at the heart of the city of Valparaíso, Chile, just blocks away from the Chilean Congress, the new Metro system, and the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1928, the university has grown from the initial class of 250 students to over 13,000 students, including nearly 900 international students. Though the original buildings sit at Valparaíso’s city center, the university has expanded in unique ways. For example, the architecture school has developed an experimental “open city” where professors live and teach in buildings that they and the students design and build. As reflected in the university’s motto, “Fides et Labor” (“Faith and Labor”), the university is religiously affiliated with and belongs to the Roman Catholic Church; the “Pontifical” title was conferred in 2003 by Pope John Paul II.
Valparaiso is located on the Pacific coast in Chile. The city, a UNESCO site, has a reputation among sailors as “Little San Francisco” and “Jewel of the Pacific.” Chile is one of the world’s longest countries, being over 4300 km long, and yet on average only 175 km wide. Chile had a 17-year military dictatorship that ended in revolution, and today the country is often cited as a “miracle of free market economics.” The country is known for its rugged terrain and especially its wine.

Academic Calendar
OSU Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
Fall Fall
Late July- Early December
Spring Spring
Late February- Early July

Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 
OSU students studying at PUCV have the opportunity to pursue academic offerings in the areas of Spanish language, Latin American studies, arts and culture, sociology, political science, and more. Click here for more information on courses taught. Select the Carreras tab and choose based on field of study. Click "Malla" link to get detailed information on courses offered. 

Special courses 
for international students are offered each semester. Offerings are distributed prior to arrivals. 
Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. 

The university will help students arrange housing with options of a homestay or in student residences. For more information on homestays, please visit the host university website. For information regarding other residences, visit here. 

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information.

Helpful Links
Website for International Students

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