Since its foundation in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso has established itself as one of the most prestigious institutions of the Chilean higher educational system. Its alumni body is characterized by the institutional seal: excellent academic and professional education, solid human values and strong commitment to public service.
The university is an institution dedicated, enlightened by Christian faith, to the cultivation and dissemination of knowledge in science, art and professional and technical fields. It is a comprehensive university, permanently facing new challenges, and anticipating and satisfying society’s requirements.
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Location: Valparaíso, Chile (population: 253,580)
University: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) (students: 14,000)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa information: See the Visa Information: (Chile) page for detailed information.
In recent years, Chile has become one of the most preferred destinations for those who wish to learn Spanish. To this effect, PUCV offers different Spanish learning programs that vary according to the Spanish level of the student, the time available, and the number of students. Spanish courses include:
Review Spanish Learning Programs for more information.
Please note: While PUCV also offers Programa Internacional de Intercambio Estudiantil (PIIE) which complements its educational programs with a wide variety of extracurricular, tourist, and cultural activities that bolster language learning, exchange students from the United States cannot take PIIE courses taught in English.
There are various ways for undergraduate students to study abroad at PUCV, each catered to the needs of both the student and the university. HPU students are able to enroll in regular courses with Chilean students, according to their academic needs. Regular courses are taught in Spanish.
To search for courses go to the course catalog, where you can access the list of mandatory courses available for each term
IMPORTANT: Courses are confirmed at the beginning of each term. Registration process will be held during orientation. Some Law and Philosophy courses are offered on an annual basis.
For more information, visit the webpage for the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
HPU students studying abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso are housed in a homestay with a local family in Valparaíso/ Viña del Mar. PUCV works with families with diverse profiles including family size, location, and dietary restrictions. The homestay service includes a single bedroom, 3 meals per day, and laundry.
To encourage interaction in Spanish, study abroad students are typically placed individually in homes.
Read more information about your homestay.
Students at the University of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso are provided with 3 meals per day with their family.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$24,624.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$3,565.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
The city of Valparaíso is rich in history and architecture and is the former main port in Latin America. It has received international recognition by being nominated “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. It is known as an important gate to the Pacific Ocean and for being the Country’s Parliament headquarters. It sits only 2 hours from the Chilean capital, Santiago, and is a short bus ride away from Viña del Mar and its renowned beaches.
The area is characterized by the magnificent architecture of its buildings, the natural amphitheatre, formed by the surrounding hills looking at the Pacific Ocean and numerous funiculars, winding roads, and eclectic culture.
At PUCV, you’ll find a total immersion context with bilingual and bicultural professors teaching courses which complement classroom work with community experience. In addition, your homestay experience will continue to enforce this value of immersion and cultural interaction.
PUCV also offers ways for exchange students to engage in university life, from music and concerts to sports and recreation as well as religious assistance services, cultural outreach, a cinema library, and PUCV Television, Radio, and University Press.
For more information, visit Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso’s website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.