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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Katelyn Brown-Gomez Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior
Graduate courses available: Yes Language prerequisite: Yes
Language of instruction: Spanish
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Program cancelled for Spring 2021 

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (UC) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life in Santiago. You may apply as an exchange student or as a non-exchange student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking UC students and participate in all aspects of student life. 


La Universidad Católica was originally founded in 1888.  In 2008 it was ranked second in Latin America. UC-Chile is located on four campuses in Santiago, the bustling capital city of Chile. The city's population is around 5 million.

Courses & Credits

The language prerequisite is 5 semesters, completed by the start of the program.

Currently, there are over 20,000 students at UC enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs.  At UC, there are 18 Faculties and 33 Academic Units. The Faculties include: Architecture, Design and Urban Studies; Arts; Biological Sciences; Economics and Management Sciences; Chemistry; Communications; Education; Engineering; History, Geography and Political Science; Law; Literature and Linguistics; Mathematics; Medicine; Philosophy; Physics; Social Sciences and Theology.

Advanced Spanish students can take content courses in Spanish (which, as the official language of instruction, make up the majority of offerings at UC in the faculties listed above). There are also over 30 courses offered in English each year that would be available to our students, including courses in Economics, Engineering, Business, Law and Journalism.

NOTE About Language Placement Tests: If you are not taking Spanish at UNC but believe you have the equivalency required, please take the free UNC online language test (this is not the language placement test that you may have already taken). Send your name, PID, and email to Elizabeth Bruno ( She will add you to Sakai where the test is set. You will then take the test at any time and will have 40 minutes in which to complete the test. Once you have completed the assessment test, send him the link to the Study Abroad language assessment form and he will complete that based on your results.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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The UC does not own any housing facilities. However, it provides international students with reference information for them to arrange their own accommodation, often sharing with other Chilean students.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/10/2020
03/05/2020 TBA TBA

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1