La Católica, as the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is known, offers regular university courses in virtually all disciplines. In comparison to the University of Chile, La Católica excels in the fields of Education and in Psychology, and has a stronger program in the Arts.
In such fields as Law, Journalism, Economics, Architecture and Design, Literature, History, and Political Science, the two universities are pretty evenly matched. Use the links below to explore more specific class listings for the best potential match with your interests.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Since courses in new programs have not yet been taken for credit, they may not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3-4.5 quarter/2-3 semester UC units required; one language course.
Term: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units required; minimum of four courses per semester.
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago
The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, known simply as La Católica, is one of the top two universities in Chile. In spite of the name, there is no requirement for religion here, and La Católica accepts the majority of UCEAP students at this time. In many ways it is the strongest university in Santiago for UC students because of its predictable program of academic course work in most disciplines.
Its unified central administration functions much like a US university even though its 16 facultades
(roughly equivalent to a college or school) are distributed on four campuses throughout Santiago. Most of these campuses are near subway stops, and the UCEAP Study Center is located at the Campus Oriente in Nunoa. See map of campus locations
Recent activity in the student movement has brought la Católica alive, and UCEAP students have been impressed with the activism and enthusiasm of their peers at this great university. The strength of la Católica's involvement in social causes and charity provides an important avenue for students to become involved in community service projects.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Create a marketing campaign to promote the efforts of local NGOs.
- Administrative experience with an alternative health organization in a Mapuche village.
- Immigration and Integration work with NGOs and non-profit organizations.
- Media and journalism internships with Chilean and international businesses.
- Shadow health professionals in various fields.
- And many more!
Setting Up Your Internship
- Internships require 120-150 hours (outside of supervisor consultation) over the semester
- Service Learning opportunities (approximately 90 hours) are available options for students who may not be able to incorporate the internship requirements into their academic schedule.
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
- Study Center staff will help set up your internships and will be available to assist you throughout the process.
Santiago has for many years been an important center for public and private organizations devoted to health and development. The UCEAP Study Center in Santiago is especially well organized to place UC students in internships. Some 75% of all program participants engage in internship activity, either to replace a course or for partial academic units. You can too!
"At the ruka, where the Mapuche hold social gatherings and events for the urban indigenous community in Santiago, my daily routine consisted in organizing the paperwork for the patients who came to the ruka to be seen by Manuel, the machi (curer/shaman). . . My internship was more of a time to get to know and connect myself to the Mapuche people and culture, rather than a job with certain duties, and I am foever grateful to forever hold this experience near and dear to my heart."
Hailey Miles, UC Santa Barbara
"At the Chilean National Zoo . . . helping to care for so many exotic animals was an incredibly rewarding job. Having a practica here in Chile really pushed my limits like nothing I have ever done before. It was hard and sometimes frustrating, but it has been the most rewarding of experiences."
Emily Jensen Wolf, UC Santa Barbara
Housing and Meals in Santiago
When you first arrive, ILP housing will be pre-arranged for you in a Chilean home in one of Santiago's most pleasant neighborhoods: Providencia, Nuñoa, or Las Condes. Hosts are carefully selected by UCEAP and most have received international students in the past. Following the ILP, you can choose to make your own housing arrangements. Options may include staying with a Chilean host family, renting a room in a private household or pensión
(boarding house), or sharing an apartment or house with other students. You may live with a Chilean family, international students, or Chilean students.
During the ILP homestay, all of your meals will be provided by your host family and you will get a sense of Chilean cuisine. Once you start eating in restaurants or buying your own food in the markets, you will be able to shape your diet however you like. But past participants all report that you should bring your own hot sauce since Chileans don't crave spicy food like most Californians.
Both of UCEAP's host institutions are in Santiago, so both groups of students will have the same awesome experience in this city, ranked among the Top Ten in the World by Lonely Planet for 2012. Start by taking the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal to get a view of the entire expanse with the Andes in the background, then explore each unique neighborhood to find the one that suits your tastes.
Like any big city, Santiago has its urban downsides, but it also has a flourishing arts scene, a lively cafe culture, and a number of green and leafy parks in which to hang out or kick a soccer ball.
Santiago also features excellent public transportation in both its bus system and its metro. Even students attending the Católica should get out of the train at the metro stop for the Universidad de Chile and take in the sweeping mural that chronicles the highs and lows of Chilean history. For a quick comparison of the campus locations of both the University of Chile and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in relation to the different metro lines and stops, see the following map...
In recent months a student movement has gained strength and energy as it has attempted to bring attention to the flaws in Chile's education system. Although UCEAP students are cautioned not to participate in marches, the excitement shared by Chilean students taking an active role in the future of the university is intoxicating.
The best news of all is reported in a student blog, Viva Chile: "Chileans are extremely friendly and willing to help. On many occasions I have been lost in the city and every time I ask someone for help they help me out. Some ladies even took me to where I need to go and this one time a guy didn't know how to help me so he called his friend in order to help me."
Extracurricular Activities with EAP Santiago
The Chile Study Center has one of the most active excursion calendars in all of UCEAP. There are two mandatory excursions: one to the Teniente Mine to explore the industry that drove the Chilean economy for a century; and one to the Villa Grimaldi, previously a detention center during the Pinochet regime now converted to a center for peace and understanding.
In addition, there are a range of optional excursions organized by the center that explore a range of different aspects of Chilean culture. In past years these have included trips to Pomaire, Valparaiso, the Route of the Poets, the indigenous Mapuche, the grape growing industry, and others.
Santiago is close enough to the mountains that students can easily go trekking, climbing, horseback riding, skiing, or kayaking. Wine tours are easy to arrange through the lovely vineyards of Maipo and Colchagua.
Reasonably priced public transport make it possible to visit the extreme ends of the country, from the Atacama desert of the north to the glaciers of the south. Student blogs about these experiences are inspiring. From Young Woman, Old Soul: "Backpacking through Patagonia, camping and cooking outdoors, hiking The W in Torres del Paine- these are all experiences I never in my wildest dreams imagined I'd have, but I'm so grateful that I did. With my travel buddies...we agreed that it's with the space that exists beyond comfort and before danger where growth happens... It's really exciting to find out that we're capable of more than we learn to expect of ourselves."