Chile

La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Language of instruction: Spanish
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • First semester: early March – mid July
  • Second semester: early August – mid December

Full time study load: 30 - 50 credits per semester (usually three to five courses)
Other: Non-native Spanish-speaking Monash students should have completed 4 semesters or equivalent of Spanish study. It is suggested students should be at B2 level, or B1 level and take the host university's intensive fee-paying Spanish class prior to the exchange period commencing.

About Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

If you're studying a Spanish major, this is the exchange destination for you. Students must complete 4 semesters of Spanish, or have the equivalent language ability, to study at La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. The website, course info and even the handbook are all in Spanish.

La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) was founded on June 21, 1888 on the initiative of the Archbishop of Santiago, Monsignor Mariano Casanova, with the goal of being an institution that integrates academic excellence and training inspired by Christian doctrine.

The specifics

The international exchange page offers information for incoming students, including course restrictions, as well as orientation and visa information. They also have a FAQ page for students considering applying.

Use the course search tool to find information about classes. PUCC also offers spanish courses for incoming exchange students.

Universidad Diego Portales

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Spanish only
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester Dates:

  • First semester: early March – mid July
  • Second semester: early August – mid December

Full time study load: 20 - 25 ECTS

About Universidad Diego Portales

Established over a quarter century ago, Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) is noted for its strong commitment to public issues and policymaking and for its emphasis on contributing to Chilean growth and development.

Located in the university district of central Santiago, UDP has nine faculties covering an area of more than 100,000 square metres, with 12,000 students a day moving through them. All the buildings have permanent wi-fi and the specialised equipment necessary for each different area of study.

UDP enjoys a well-deserved standing as one of Chile's leading private universities. The schools of law, architecture, civil engineering, psychology and journalism are all ranked among Chile's top five.

The specifics

For information about how and when to apply, and visa information, you should visit the UDP's foreign students page. From here you can navigate to details like the course catalogue unit descriptions are in Spanish but there is a link to the units taught in English), pre-departure information, what to do upon arrival.

You can also download their 2016 guide for exchange students  which is in Spanish. It includes information about living costs (transport, cultural activities, housing and entertainment) in Chile, gives more information about applying for visas, lists some hostels you can stay in when you first arrive in Santiago, as well as details about enrolment, facilities, the library and maps.

Universidad de Chile

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: Spanish (Faculty of Economics offers some courses in English)
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • First semester: early March – mid July
  • Second semester: early August – mid December

About Universidad de Chile

Founded in 1842, Universidad de Chile is the oldest university in the country and is rated one of the best universities in Latin America. This is the perfect destination for students undertaking a Spanish major or completing postgraduate studies in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Students must have an advanced level of Spanish to attend Universidad de Chile. The Faculty of Economics offers some courses in English.
The Specifics
Universidad de Chile has five campuses located throughout the city of Santiago. The international students page provides details about the exchange program as well as visa information and tips for living in Chile. Universidad de Chile also offers a Spanish language program for international students of varying skill levels. Universidad de Chile also offers sports classes to students during semester which can be undertaken by students at any level. The university exchange office has a lively Facebook page, with videos and photos from past exchange students.