One of the premier universities of South America, PUC offers a broad curriculum. The main campus is located in downtown Santiago, with four branches spread throughout the city. The university’s academic strengths include: business, economics, political science, history, education, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, and psychology. Students attending PUC must take a 2-month interdisciplinary seminar on Chilean culture, history, politics, and women’s issues.
Upon arrival, BC students have an intensive orientation to Santiago, Chilean culture, and the Chilean academic system. They also take an intensive three-week Spanish course.
Head of Academic Exchange Program for International Students
Dirección de Relaciones Académicas Internacionales
Coordinadora de Estudios en el Extranjero
Avda. Lib. Bernardo O´Higgins 340, Of. 13. Santiago, Chile
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
for details. Course information can be found here
- Fall Term: Starts in early July and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early February and ends in early July.
BC utilizes the services of an external housing coordinator, Cecilia Blanch, to assist students in finding home-stay accommodations.
BC students are required to live with a local family for the first two months, and may move to another home-stay if unhappy within the first two months.
All Pontificia Universidad Católica students are billed by BC for their housing. Cecilia Blanch or a Chilean home-stay family member will meet students at the airport. In addition, students will have their own room and laundry services. Cecilia Blanch will contact students with information about their homestays well in advance of their arrival: all students must fill out and return the housing form that Cecilia sends as soon as possible.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Students will be met at the Santiago airport and picked up, provided they supply necessary travel information one month prior to arrival to the housing coordinator, Cecilia Blanch.