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.
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 (email@example.com). 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
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.
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.