Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Originally established in the year 1888, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile was founded by the Archbishop of Santiago in an effort to grant the city a proper form of education in law and technology, originally this resulted in a very reduced course offering, however the passing of time saw it receiving full academic autonomy and with it came a growth process that continues to this day, resulting in a far more varied academic offering.

With 18 faculties across 4 campuses and another campus outside of Santiago, as well as the most prominent Architecture School in Latin America, it’s reputation and future look as bright as the day it was first founded.

Programs Offered

With 18 faculties there’s no doubt that the catalog available at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is incredibly varied, however it’s not as numerous as the faculty number would imply at first, as each faculty only counts with a few courses due to how specific each faculty is.

Nonetheless the university still counts with an extensive and robust undergraduate selection, out of which we will list a sample of:

  • Agronomy
  • Architecture
  • Acting
  • Pedagogy
  • Biology
  • Commercial Engineering
  • Sociology
  • Advertisement
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Astronomy
  • History
  • Statistics
  • Medicine

Admission requirements

Admission to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is mainly based on 2 factors, a student high-school results, with each course showing an expected average of students who want to apply, and a students’ results in the National Test PSU results, which is the main tool used to determine admission into any given course.

Student Life

The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile has a dedicated cultural offering the likes of which is rarely seen in Latin America, this includes a dedicated cinema with a large selection of national offerings, a theatre with plays that can be enjoyed by the entire family, and multiple exhibitions and museums which range from modern art to displays on the classical and aboriginal culture of Chile.

Part-time work

Through the Student Federation of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, enrolled students get access to mercadolaboraluc.cl a website that gathers a variety of job listings and internship offers and allows interested students to post and offer on them simply by using their school credentials.


On average the Tuition Fee at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile amounts to $5,000,000 CLP, with an additional Inscription Fee of $127,800.

Some programs however start as low as $2,000,000 CLP.


The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is currently ranked as the 488th best college level institution in the world, making it the overall second best university in it’s home country of Chile

University Contact

Address:  Avda. Libertador Bernardo OHiggins 340 – Santiago – Chile

Phone: (56) (2) 2354 4000

Email: [email protected]


The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is definitely one of the best the country of Chile has to offer, it’s selection of courses and the quality of it’s facilities show a level of dedication to the craft that can’t be easily matched, and a wide selection of scholarships and grants means that education doesn’t have to be expensive, all of these factors make it a great option for local students, international students however might be dissuaded due to the lack of clear requirements for them to enroll into the institution.