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Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Valparaiso (PUCV)
Valparaiso, Chile (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Home Stay
Areas of Study: AACSB, AACSB - Business, Accounting, Agriculture, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Finance, Geography, Geology, Government, History, International Business, International Studies, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Work Class Status: 3-junior, 4-senior
Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program: Exchange
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Valparaiso is a port city known for its artistic flavor, charm, and cuisine. You can spend a semester taking in all the city has to offer: from colonial-era architecture in its historic downtown area to sensational seafood and, of course, beaches. You can take a century-old funicular railway or climb the Cerro Concepción for spectacular views of the city and coastline or spend your free time soaking in the rich literary and artistic culture of Chile's second-largest city. Students study at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Valparaiso (PUCV), taking courses taught in Spanish. 

A full list of courses offered at PUCV is available on the university's website (please see details below, under "Additional Information and Links"). Students applying to this program should plan to meet with the appropriate academic advisors to help determine course selection and to seek the necessary course approval(s).

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 15 hours for undergraduate Mississippi residents receiving financial aid, 12 hours for undergraduate non-residents, and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12-15 hours of credit (depending on residency) on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.

Students have the option of living with a host family (arranged through PUCV) or making arrangements independently. PUCV does not have student residence halls (i.e. dorms). For students who elect to make their own housing arrangements, PUCV will offer general information and limited direction about other housing options in the area.

For the PUCV exchange, students are responsible for paying:
  • Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
  • UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
  • Housing costs (details and payment are usually handled between the student and the host university)
  • Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Qualified students must first complete the online UM Study Abroad Application. Please note that upon submitting your application, a $100 application fee will be assessed to your UM Bursar Account. Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.

After acceptance by the UM Study Abroad Office, students will then be directed to complete the necessary application for the host university and to submit any additional required documents for the host university. PUCV 2019-2_2020-1 Application guide SA_A.pdf

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Students must also have successfully completed at least four (4) semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. PUCV also requires additional application documents including a recommendation letter from a UM professor (in English or Spanish) and a motivation letter written by the student, explaining his or her reasons for wanting to study at PUCV.

In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs.  All students should review the study abroad information on the Office of Financial Aid website.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad.  Third party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Office of Financial Aid.

For current tuition costs, the UM Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator.

Almost all courses at PUCV are taught in Spanish.

The Academic Calendar at PUCV usually runs from late February until mid-July (their "First Semester"), and from late July until mid-December (their "Second Semester"). Exact dates for arrival, orientation, first and final day of classes and the end of the semester are available from PUCV. PUCV's application deadlines for exchange students are usually the beginning of December (for their First Semester) and the beginning of May (for their Second Semester).

For a listing of undergraduate courses offered at PUCV:
  • Please note that not all courses found on the PUCV website are offered every semester. About a month prior to the semester, the official schedule of courses for that term will be provided by PUCV. For further information about PUCV courses, please feel free to email:
Here is a list of courses in Spanish (language and culture) and in English (variety) offered for international students:
PUCV Courses.pdf

Important links:
PUCV website, PUCV Study Abroad website
Follow PUCV: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment. 

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/09/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/03/2020 07/10/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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