Quick Facts

Language of instruction: Spanish

Language requirement: Spanish 204 or its equivalent is required for participation.

Eligibility requirement: Engineering students in good academic standing.

GPA requirement: 3.0 cumulative

Application deadline:

  • March 1 for Fall or Academic Year
  • October 1 for Spring

Approximate Academic Calendar:

Language pre-session, mid July
Semester: early August to mid December.

Spring: Language pre-session, mid February
Semester: early March to mid July

Duration: Fall, Spring or Academic year


The program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is run through IESP. Please refer to PUCC's website for more information.

PUCC information for exchange students


You must carry the equivalent of 12-18 UW credits while abroad, as determined through a scale for credit equivalency. You can take any course abroad that you can get approved as equivalent to a UW course. You can also choose from a list of courses already approved as equivalent to UW courses:

To view all PUCC courses that have been equated and their UW equivalents go to IESP's Existing Equivalencies page. You are not limited to these courses; learn how to get courses equated.

Consult the PUCC course catalog and course schedule.


The following sample budgets will give you an idea of the costs involved. These amounts are approximate and will vary based on the actual program you attend, your own spending, and the current currency exchange rate. As you budget for your study abroad, make sure you plan for these contingencies. Check current exchange rates online at or

Tuition and fees: Approx. $1,100 per course; $280 administrative fee
UW program fee: $300
UW-mandated CISI health insurance: $35/month
Housing and meals: $4,200/academic year
Pre-semester language course (optional but strongly recommended): $500
Semester-long language course: $500
Miscellaneous expenses (laundry, books, supplies, etc.): $1,000
Local transportation: $420/academic year
Student visa: $100

Entertainment, vacation and travel costs vary widely.

Host institutions may also require students to purchase their insurance policies in addition to CISI.


A family stay can be arranged through a housing service. Details will be provided upon acceptance to the program. No campus housing is available. Students who would like to live in an apartment should arrange for temporary housing for the first few weeks in Santiago. Contact IESP for details.


**Because IESP is in the process of changing our application process, students planning on applying to PUCC for the Spring 2016 semester should wait to apply until after September 1, 2015. **

1) Apply online. Details on how to apply and the application form itself can be found on the PUCC exchange office website. Click on "Alumnos Internacionales" or "International Students."

Please pay attention to the following:

  • Check your name and birth date carefully when you complete the online application form.
  • On the first page of the application, make sure to choose "Study Abroad (fee-paying UC)" under the Agreement section.
  • Continue all the way through the online application, hit the "Submit" button, and wait until you get the "Congratulations" message; otherwise, your application will not be submitted.
  • Complete and submit the forms online, and then turn in a printed copy of application to International Engineering Studies & Programs.
  • Please submit the printed application form along with the following supporting documentation:
    • Official academic transcript
    • Spanish Placement Exam
    • One-page typed and double-spaced personal statement in Spanish (explaining your reasons for wanting to study abroad and attend PUCC)
    • Letter of recommendation from a UW professor (in Spanish or English only)
    • Two photographs (35mm x 35mm) with name on back.
    • Students applying to Music Institute should send a list of studied repertoire and a recording (cassette or CD)
  • Important
    • Once in Chile, students must show proof of health insurance coverage
    • Enrollment in Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Music can not be guaranteed, and it is open only to students majoring in Medicine and Music, respectively. Instrumental Music Classes are NOT available. Please contact UC International Office before applying.

2) Complete the IESP Application Cover Sheet (PDF or Word).

3) Submit ALL application materials directly to IESP; do not send them to the institution to which you are applying.

If you have an up-to-date passport please submit a copy of it with your application, otherwise start applying for a passport as soon as possible.

Transcripts can be obtained by either (1) visiting the Office of the Registrar at 333 East Campus Mall or by (2) ordering them online via MyUW. The cost for either option is $10. Please note transcripts ordered online may take up to 10 business days to arrive.

If you have any questions, contact IESP.