Valparaiso is a port city known for its artistic flavor, charm, and cuisine. You can spend time this summer 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 designed to develop their intercultural communicative competence in Spanish.
COURSES AND CREDITS
A full list of Summer 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 in 6 hours of coursework. 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 this PUCV short-term program, students are responsible for paying:
- PUCV's short-term program 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 2.0. Along with PUCV's application, PUCV also requires additional application documents including a motivation letter written by the student, explaining his or her reasons for wanting to study at PUCV, a passport copy, and official transcripts
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.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND LINKS
The official arrival date for Summer I is May 17, 2020. The official departure date is June 20, 2020.
For a listing of Summer courses offered at PUCV, please visit http://www.dri.pucv.cl/en_US/estudiar-pucv/pregrado/summer-sessions/