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Universidad Catolica Boliviana
La Paz, Bolivia (Outgoing Program)
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Areas of Study: Economics, Education, Engineering, Graphic Design, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Tourism Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad
Language of Instruction: Spanish Program: Exchange
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La Paz, Bolivia

Sitting in a valley in the Andes Mountains, La Paz is the city that touches the clouds. Sitting between 3300 and 4100 meters above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Rich with 19th-century churches, museums of artifacts from the pre-Conquest era, precarious overlooks, and colorful markets, La Paz is truly unique. When students are not exploring this impressive city, they are attending classes at Universidad Católica Boliviana (UCB), which is the oldest private university in Bolivia.

A full list of courses offered at UCB is available under "Additional Information and Links" at the bottom of the page. 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 12 hours for undergraduate students and 9 hours for graduate students. Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12 hours of credit 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 UCB) or making arrangements independently. UCB does not have student residence halls (i.e. dorms). For students who elect to make their own housing arrangements, UCB will offer general information and limited direction about other housing options in the area.

For the UCB 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)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.

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.

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 UCB are taught in Spanish. Exchange students are required to have an intermediate level of Spanish.

A list of the courses offered by UCB can be found here:

The Academic Calendar at UCB usually runs from early February until the end of June (their "First Semester"), and from early August 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 UCB. UCB's application deadlines for exchange students are usually the end of October (for their First Semester) and the beginning of April (for their Second Semester).

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019 03/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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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