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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2022 09/15/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art (Studio), Art History, Biological Science, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communications, Comparative Literature, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Business, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish Language Prerequisite: 4+semesters college-level Spanish (SPAN 203 or higher) with B average
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore GPA requirement: 3.0 (CUM. & CSUF)
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Calendar Year Application Deadlines
September 1: Priority Deadline
October 1: Secondary Deadline
Academic Year Application Deadlines
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
3.0 Cumulative GPA 
CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
4 semesters/6 quarters of college-level Spanish with a B average.


Subjects Available
Anthropology Education Mathematics
Architecture Engineering Philosophy
Art Environmental Science Physics
Art (Studio) Environmental Studies Political Science
Art History Geography Psychology
Biology History Religious Studies
Business International Business Sociology
Chemistry International Relations Spanish
Communications International/Global Studies Urban Planning
Comparative Literature Latin American Studies Viticulture
Economics Liberal Studies  

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Chile: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year or Calendar Year abroad on this program. The traditional Chilean academic cycle begins in February and ends in November (see Calendar Year below).

Academic Year: July to June
Calendar Year: February to November


The Chile: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile program is affiliated with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), which was founded in 1888 and has four campuses in Santiago. PUC is a comprehensive university with a full range of academic offerings including art, business, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geography, physics, political science, media studies, Spanish and viticulture.  

Santiago at sunset

PUC’s academic year begins in March and ends in December, however the CSU IP Chile program follows the U.S. calendar so students will begin in the PUC second semester (beginning in July). 

The program begins with an intensive two week Preparatory Language Program (PLP), which involves grammar and conversation coursework designed to improve language skills and prepare students for the academic year. During the fall semester, all students will take a Chilean culture course covering history, literature, politics and social issues. Students will also take a Spanish language course and other courses offered at PUC. During the spring semester, students will study advanced Spanish language, in addition to other courses taken at PUC. All instruction is in Spanish. 

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


The Chile: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile program is located in Santiago, the capital and largest city in Chile. Santiago is the cultural, political and financial center of Chile; it is home to the regional headquarters of many multinational corporations and the Chilean executive and judicial powers are located there. Santiago has developed a modern infrastructure and has South America’s most extensive subway system.


Upon arrival in Chile, students are provided with temporary accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. 


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application*Note: The CSU IP application will require an official transcript for the host university.

All students, regardless of the curriculum they are following, are required to take:
  • a three-week Preparatory Language Program (PLP) in the summer
  • the equivalent of 14 or 15 CSU units in the Fall semester
  • the equivalent of 15 CSU units in the Spring semester
  • a seminar course on Chilean culture in the Fall semester
  • one advanced Spanish language course each semester
Additionally, students will select courses in academic subjects for their major, minor or general education requirements, (CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Chile).