Global Education

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

An HPU Exchange Program
Valparaiso, Chile

Poster_PUCVSince 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.

Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:

  1. Improve your Spanish language skills and cultural understanding while living with a local Chilean family.
  2. Take advantage of a wide and diverse course offering taught in Spanish, according to your entry level.
  3. Immerse yourself in one of the most important and attractive cities in Chile and Latin America.


Quick Facts

Location: Valparaíso, Chile (population: 253,580)

University: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) (students: 14,000)

Terms available:

  • Fall (mid-July to early November)
  • Spring (early February to mid-June)

Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status

Application deadlines: 

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa information: See the Visa Information: (Chile) page for detailed information.


Academic Program

Spanish Language Learning Programs

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:

  • Intensive Spanish Courses (exclusive for international students):
  • Chilean Culture and Communicative Spanish (90 hours, 6 credits)
  • Written Spanish (60 hours, 3 credits)
  • Grammar for Foreigners (60 hours, 4 credits)
  • Ortophony and Pronunciation (workshop- 60 hours, 2 credits)

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.


Undergraduate Study

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.


Credit Transfer

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.

For More Information…

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.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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