Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Address: Av. Bernardo O’Higgins 340.
Phone: 56 2 354 2415 / 2416
Fax: 56 2 222 3116
Contact: Nuria Alsina.
Position: Director, international academic relations.
E-mail: nalsina@uc.cl

Website: www.puc.cl 

Thursday, August 12, 2010 Category: Education

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is noted for being a university of excellence and tradition. It is recognized as the first university in Chile, third in South America, fourth in Latin America, fifth in Latin America and 239th throughout the world.

It was founded on 21 June 1888, encouraged by the beliefs of Pope Leo XIII – who prompted  Catholics to found universities of academic excellence and values inspired in Christian doctrine, but free from discrimination in political, ethnic and religious aspects. It was created with the mission of serving Chile in the creation of intellectual capital. Its first Rector was Joaquín Larraín Gandarillas.

Academic programs

Over 23,000 students study at Universidad Católica, spread over 18 Faculties and a UC College. They impart 309 study programs (29 Doctorates, 87 Master’s, 105 Postgraduates; 87 Undergraduates) and 65 Academic Crtificates. Since the early 1990s, more than 12,000 foreign pre-and postgraduate students have taken courses in the University on the student exchange program, and more than 4,00 students have taken courses at universities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Currently, UC has in place 517 academic agreements with 420 institutions in 51 countries.

Each year, about 650 foreign students are enrolled as regular students in its graduate programs. Double degree conventions and double degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels are underway, permitting the student to obtain an academic degree or title at UC, and at another university.