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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academic Information Visa Information

About Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)

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Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.

LALIS Majors and Minors

GPA and course prerequisites for LALIS students are outlined on the LALIS web page. Read this page carefully prior to applying.

Prior to submission of the study abroad application, students must meet with the LALIS faculty study abroad advisor
. A copy of the LALIS study abroad approval form should then be given to OIE and will be filed with the study abroad application.

Non-Spanish majors and minors

  • Completion of at least two 300-level Spanish language courses or the equivalent
  • Recommendation from LALIS faculty member required *unless student is a native Spanish speaker
  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • Junior or Senior year standing *2nd semester sophomores will be considered on a case by case basis

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The International Academic Relations (RAI) office at PUC conducts an orientation for all foreign students during the first days of their arrival in Chile. During the orientation, the registration process will be explained.

The majority of courses at PUC are in Spanish. To find course offerings and descriptions, click here:  When searching the catalog, student can see if the course is instructed in English or not.  

In addition, PUC offers a pre-semester intensive Spanish class to all exchange students. This course is required of all Richmond students unless exempt by the LALIS department. Students have a choice to take this course for only the first two weeks or to extend the course for the duration of the semester.

In addition to the pre-semester orientation class, Richmond students may also take non-credit Spanish language classes offered by the Instituto de Letras, in conjunction with the Office for International Academic Relations (RAI). These non-credit courses are taught in three levels: elementary, intermediate and advanced. Fees for this elective course are reimbursed to the student by the University of Richmond.

Exchange students also have the option of taking two PUC credit classes specifically designed for international students. The remaining courses our students will take will be with the Chilean students in the regular PUC curriculum.

PUC also offers non credit sports courses that Richmond students may take. In order to attend sports courses, students should bring their own equipment, racquet, sleeping bag, hiking equipment, etc.

Important Notes for LALIS students:
See LALIS page for academic parameters on courses taken abroad for the LALIS major and minor.


To determine the unit value of a PUC course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's office: PUC/8.5, round up to nearest tenth of a unit = equivalent units. Most PUC classes (except for a few offered exclusively for international students) are worth 10 PUC credits. Therefore, 10 PUC credits will convert to 1.2 units and a class valued at 8 PUC credits will convert to 1 unit. Students will not earn transfer units for any sports courses at PUC and therefore should take no fewer than 30 PUC credits or 3.6 units.   The recommended PUC credit load is 40.


PUC Credits Richmond Units
10 PUC 1.2
8 PUC 1

PUC's grade scale is converted by the University of Richmond as follows. Please note that at PUC, a grade of 4.0 would still be passing but UR only considers a PUC grade of 4.25 or above to be passing.

PUC Grade US Equivalent
7-6.75 A+
6.74-6.25 A
6.24-6.0 A-
5.99-5.75 B+
5.74-5.25 B
5.24-5.0 B-
4.99-4.75 C+
4.74-4.25 C
Below 4.25 non-transferable
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It is important to note there is no university housing available at PUC.  The PUC International Office does not provide a housing placement service.  Richmond works with a company to place students in host families or residences in Santiago.  UR students are required to use this company to locate housing.

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Dates and Costs

The most recent date and cost information can be found here:

Visa Information

As part of the visa process, students will need to have an FBI background check. Detailed instructions on the Chilean student visa process will be given to students upon admission to the program.

For more information

Please see Patrick Schweiger, Office of International Education.

Robins School students are required to attend a study abroad information session specific to business majors.  Sessions are conducted by Ms. Fae Bell  Students should check the International Business web page, Spider Bytes, and the TV monitors in the business school for dates, times, and locations for study abroad information sessions for business majors.
Though not required, students wishing to meet with Dr. Thomas Cossé, Associate Dean for International Business, should contact Ms. Bell or Mrs. Kim Duren to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cossé.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.



This program is currently not accepting applications.