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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: SPAN 310 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Ashley Trump
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Art and Design, Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, Formal and Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Language Focused
Program Description:

About the Program 

Founded in 1888, Pontificia Universidad Católica is a private, Catholic university located in Santiago, Chile. It is one of the oldest universities in Chile, and is recognized as one of the top universities in Latin America. PUC is home to 18 schools on four campuses throughout the city of Santiago. Approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students are enrolled at PUC.

Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile believes that maintaining an active exchange program with foreign universities is crucial to further develop the academic environment. This has led to exchange agreements with more than 300 universities in 45 countries, making for a vibrant local and international university community. The exchange program at PUC immerses students in Chilean culture and education, as students take classes in Spanish alongside local Chilean and international students taught by distinguished PUC faculty. Learn more by visiting the university website as well as the website for exchange students.

All students will attend an orientation program the week before classes begin in order to meet other students and become familiar with the many opportunities and services available to exchange students. Students may join clubs and extracurricular activities, including PUC’s “welcoming committee” which organizes activities typical to local Chilean culture.

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About The Location 

Chile is often ranked as one of the most desirable countries in Latin America for students and tourists alike, and thus the country has seen a steady increase in international student enrollment in recent years. The country has a population of approximately 16 million people, while the city of Santiago is the largest in the country, with 6 million inhabitants. PUC’s campus is located in the capital city, Santiago, located in the country’s central valley, where students can enjoy being in the modern, cultural hub of the country while enjoying breathtaking views of the Andes mountains.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Prior study of Spanish language: 101 for English coursework, 310 for Spanish coursework 
  • Sophomore status or higher


The Academics

The majority of courses at PUC are taught in Spanish, and thus students willing and able to take courses in Spanish will have a much broader selection of courses to choose from. In addition, a small selection of courses at PUC are taught in English.
Selecting courses: Students may choose from PUC’s complete course catalog. Be careful to browse only those courses offered during the “segundo semestre” which is fall term.  Students hoping to take some coursework in English should click on "cursos dictados en inglès" in the course catalog.
Course Approvals: As part of the application process, students are required to have Drexel equivalent course numbers and credit approved by the appropriate Drexel department.  For example, to take a Literature course abroad for Drexel credit, the course equivalent must be pre-approved by Drexel’s English Department.  Please view the Course Equivalency spreadsheet to see a list of courses previous students have taken that have already been pre-approved.  You are welcome to select from these courses, but please know that it is not guaranteed that these courses will be offered every year.   

Credits and Grading: Students are taught and graded by local faculty at their host university. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR, students must earn a "C" or above. Students must take a course load that fits within the full time credit range of both their host university (varies) and Drexel (12 – 20 credits). Students are strongly discouraged from taking the minimum credit requirement.
Drexel Majors Available at PUC:


Political Science



Students can take Spanish language classes at PUC for an additional fee. 

Program Calendar

Fall term: late July/ early August - mid December

PUC is a semester school. Students will attend PUC’s 2nd Semester and receive fall term credit. Students will need to arrange early departure from their spring/summer co-op early in order to arrive in late July/early August. Please review the PUC academic calendar for more detailed information.


While there are no university-administered dormitories on campus, students may live in apartments or nearby student residences. PUC offers a variety of housing suggestions and resources to students seeking convenient options near the university.


Students are required to obtain a student visa for entry into Chile. This process may take 6-8 weeks, so students should plan ahead. Accepted students should contact the Chilean Consulate, and may refer to PUC’s visa instructions for further assistance.


Cost and Financial Aid 

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

More Information

Student Testimonials

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/16/2020
03/12/2020 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.