Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUCC)


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The Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUCC) was founded with the goal of creating an institution capable of blending academic excellence and training based on the Christian doctrine. It is one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognised educational institutions in Latin America. PUCC has four campuses located around Santiago and a campus in Villarrica.

Santiago is home to almost one-third of all Chileans – a diverse patchwork of contrasting neighbourhoods surrounded by the magnificent Andes mountains.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 1 March–July
Semester 2 Semester 2 August–December

View the PUCC academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

PUCC has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:


PUCC has 4 campuses located in different areas of Santiago:

• Casa Central
• Lo Contador campus
• Oriente campus
• San Joaquín campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

40 credits per semester at PUCC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at PUCC.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the PUCC course catalogue for all courses at PUCC if courses do not appear in the database, or the courses taught in English catelogue.

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

It is strongly recommended that you have a minimum language level of C1 in Spanish if you wish to attend PUCC.

PUCC provides information on their undergraduate exchange student course restrictions.

Study Options:

  • Students wishing to study in mainstream courses in Spanish (with domestic Chilean students) must have a minimum of B2 level Spanish before commencing the exchange. Proof of proficiency will be required and a Spanish language placement test may be administered.
  • Students wishing to study Spanish Language courses during semester (intermediate or advanced) should note that these courses are not covered by the exchange agreement and additional fees will apply. The Spanish language course will need to be studied in conjunction with other mainstream courses.
  • Pre-semester Intensive Spanish Language program is available for Spanish B2 level (or higher) exchange students prior to the start of each semester. Pre-semester course results will appear on the academic transcript with the semester course results. If you are are interested in taking an intensive Spanish course before the beginning of the semester, please send an email to exchange@uc.cl 

Additional academic information

PUCC has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile does not provide student accommodation or coordinate housing arrangements for international students. PUCC's housing web page provides some useful resources to assist in finding private accommodation. 

Cost of living

PUCC has developed a list of the average living costs you can expect to encounter while living and studying in Santiago.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students going on exchange to PUCC must provide their own health insurance.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Chile for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.