Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Spend a semester or year abroad in the longest country in the world and one of the most stable and prosperous countries on the continent while studying at one of the top 25 universities in Latin America (25, QS 2019).

Located along the coast of Chile, Valparaíso is the cultural capital of the nation - recognized for its UNESCO world heritage, brightly-coloured buildings & vibrant street art, as much for its lush natural surroundings. Founded in 1888, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso receives more than 1500 students from over 45 countries around the world per year. Take the opportunity to visit the driest desert in the world and the world’s highest lake “Ojos del Salada”, as well as enjoying the vistas of beautiful Patagonia in the South Pole while living, studying and improving your Spanish in Chile. Que estas esperando?

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

Open November 1, 2023

Priority Deadline January 10, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Program details

Areas of Study:

Architecture, kinesiology, sciences, biomedical technology, biology, natural sciences, biology, statictics, physics, math, biochemistry, chemistry, agronomy, marine sciences, geography,  journalism, social work, law, psychology, philosophy, political science, spanish language and culture, music, civil engineering, biochemical and civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, computer engineering, construction engineering, industrial engineering, transportational engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, mining engineering.

Closed to exchange: Art, Literature, History and Business.

Course Information:

Look into the "carreras" for course information. International Students must register in a minimum of 5 courses. There is also a list of programs open to exchange students

All courses are taught in Spanish.


First Semester: late February to early July.

Second Semester: late July to early December. 

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    The estimated living costs are about $700 CAD per month. Please note that additional costs are associated to the student visa (required travel to Vancouver). 

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.


  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

The University will arrange for homestays for students. They will also assist students in making their own off-campus housing arrangements, if preferred.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least one full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students must have completed a minimum of Spanish 303 (4 semesters of Spanish) or the equivalent.


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Veronica V. Cardoso

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.