Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

City: Santiago
Language of instruction: English, Spanish

Founded in 1888, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile has

  • 16 schools distributed over 4 campuses in Santiago - one of the few capital cities in the world with easy access to ski and beaches, biggest city of Chile with 5 000 000+ people
  • 5 regional campuses in southern Chile
  • University's research and graduate programs have had considerable influence on the country's cultural and scientific development
  • 21 000+ students at Santiago 

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsFine ArtsForestryManagement (UBCO)Science

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Mainly Spanish and limited English courses
  • Spanish Language Proficiency Assessment is required
  • PUC requires that four semesters worth of Spanish be previously taken at UBC or a language proficiency form signed by an instructor of Spanish from the Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies
  • One optional intermediate level Spanish Course for is offered in March to exchange students free of charge (recommended for those who do not pass the diagnostic Spanish test)
  • Advanced level Spanish Course is also offered for a cost of US$350


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study. When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile-COMM' 

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early March to Mid July (UBC Semester 2)
  • Semester 2: Early August to Mid December (UBC Semester 1)
  • Note: for your Go Global application, please select the term that corresponds with UBC dates 


  • Commerce: When applying to Go Global, UBC-V Commerce students must select 'Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile-COMM' 
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • PUC 3.33 = UBC 1.0 credits
  • Language Courses - 6 credits (PUCC) = 3 UBC Credits

Passing grade

4- suficiente

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Exchange students cannot take courses in specific subject areas (for more information on restricted programs of study, see here)

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Chile and Indigenous America
Partner course code: IHI 0211
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2016-08-09
UBC course: LING 140
Title: Common Myths in Language Usage
Partner course code: LET 062I-1
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-05-15
UBC course: LING 445
Title: Sociolinguistics
Partner course code: LET 070E-1
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2018-12-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Currents of Contemporary Political Thought
Partner course code: ICP 0206
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2016-06-09
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International Migration in Latin America
Partner course code: ICP 0337
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2016-06-09
UBC course: SPAN 402
Title: Intensive Intermediate Spanish Course for Exchange Students
Partner course code: LET 094P
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2016-09-28
UBC course: EOSC 1st
Title: Marine Biology
Partner course code: BIO 116M
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2019-08-27

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: SPAN 322
Title: Chilean Culture Seminar
Partner course code: IHI 2370
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2019-08-22
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Summer students attend through our exchange agreement and pay tution to UBC - your tuition will be based on the number of credits earned at the partner institution

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Housing Information: US$65 finder's fee + US$450 per month - includes room and board (3 meals daily and laundry)
  • Please contact: Cecilia Blanch, Coordinator of Home-stay Accommodations for Foreign Students cblanch@ctcinternet.cl Contact the Department of Social Aid if students want to rent an apartment or a room
  • Office of International Programs can provide information for students interested in living with Chilean families, and recommends an independent free-lance service to make such arrangements
  • When students arrive in Santiago, they can go to a youth hostel (approximately US$11-15 per day)

Information on accommodation

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