Since its foundation in 1928, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) has established itself as one of the most prestigious institutions of the Chilean higher educational system. With an excellent academic and professional education, coastal location, and strong commitment to public service, PUCV invites students to participate in either or both of its 5-week summer programs.
The Surrounding Area
Valparaíso lies halfway up Chile’s extensive coastline approximately 70 miles from the inland capital city of Santiago and is an active port city with a rich coastal heritage and breathtaking hillside views. The city serves as Chile’s Fifth Region capital, primary commercial harbor and Navy headquarters. Valparaíso is a short bus ride or a nice walk from the resort town of Viña del Mar. Valparaíso is also close in proximity to several ski resorts and Mendoza, the closest Argentine city.
PUCV is centered in Valparaíso, Chile’s second largest city— one that is characterized by natural and urban beauty. The university offers top-notch facilities, with campus facilities located throughout the local area.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least Sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application
- SPN 202 requirement for Field Research in Education and Business Internship options
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
The majority of courses offered through PUCV’s summer programs are taught in Spanish.
- Summer School (session 1 &/or 2): Spanish courses are offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, and a prior knowledge of Spanish is not required. Areas of study have included Spanish language, Chilean culture, history, literature and film studies.
- Field Research in Education (session 1 only): The purpose of this program is for students to understand how English policy plays out in the classroom context as you examine teachers’ pedagogy styles, the classroom environment and students’ attitudes towards the language. In addition to studying at PUCV, students will gain real world experience, by assisting a Chilean English teacher in his/her classroom (elementary and high school).
- Business Internship (session 1 &/or 2): The purpose of this program is to introduce to student in start-up topics. The student will be able recognize the actors of the ecosystem to support entrepreneurship in Chile.
Participants will be housed in carefully selected home-stays located in the surrounding city areas, within easy access to transportation to the university. Students will have a private room, and meals and laundry services are provided.
Mid-May to Late June (4-5 weeks)
Late June to Late July (4-5 weeks)
This program is available as Study Abroad. Participants pay a fee to PUCV that typically includes:
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Housing and meals
- Valparaiso city tour
- Extra academic activities
- Emergency assistance
- Internet access
The program fee varies slightly by program, so please see your Education Abroad Advisor for details.
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, health insurance and local transportation.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.