Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile Exchange

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About This Program

  • Location: Santiago, Chile – Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC)
  • Term: Fall Quarter, Winter/Spring Quarter, Full Year
  • Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Eligibility: Open to NU students of all majors
  • Language Requirements: Completion of at least Spanish 199; 1-2 200-level Spanish courses recommended
  • Program type: Exchange program
  • Program credits: Minimum Credit Requirement

Application and IPD study abroad fellowship application deadline:

  • For Fall Quarter and Full Year: January 15
  • For Winter/Spring Quarters: June 1

Program dates:

  • Fall Quarter: Late July - Mid-December
  • Full Year: Late July - Mid-July
  • Winter/Spring Quarters: Early March - Mid-July

View the program budget sheet for available terms.

Fall 2017: $26,873

Full Year 2017-2018: $69,399

Winter/Spring Quarters 2018: $35,581

Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities.

Students participating in this program are subject to the Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.


In this exchange program, students enroll at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), one of the highest rated universities in Latin America. The program is open to students from all majors, and students have access to a wide range of course offerings in Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics, Engineering, and Urban Studies.

The fall semester (UC's second semester) takes place from late July to mid-December, and the spring semester (UC's first semester) takes place from early March to mid-July. At the beginning of each semester, UC hosts an orientation program that covers information about services provided by the university, the course enrollment process, and other campus resources.

Host Institution

Home to over 20,000 undergraduate students, UC is spread out between four campuses in Santiago, the social, cultural, and commercial capital of Chile. The university is proud of its role as a national center of research in a number of important fields.

Housing & Meals

Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements, since UC does not provide student housing for foreign students. Students have the option to stay in a residence, apartment, or with a Chilean host family, and meal plans will depend upon the accommodation type selected. For more information on the housing options available in Santiago, please visit UC's International Student Housing webpage.


UC is a comprehensive university, and exchange students have access to courses in a wide variety of areas, including arts, biological sciences, chemistry, economics, education, engineering, geography, history, literature, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, sociology, and urban studies. You can search for courses via the "Buscador de Cursos" on the UC website.

Students choose and enroll directly in their courses at UC. Exchange students must take a minimum of three courses (30 UC credits) and a maximum of five courses (50 UC credits) per semester. UC advises exchange students not to take more than 30-40 UC credits per semester, depending upon their Spanish language proficiency.

Students will receive a transcript issued by UC, and course credit will be eligible for transfer back to Northwestern as long as students earn course grades of C or better. Refer to the Credit Transfer Page for information on the “C” grade equivalent and minimum credit requirement for this exchange program.