Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV) - private higher education institution in Chile. PUCV began its academic activity in1928. It has an urban campus located in Valparaiso.

University ranking. Catholic University of Valparaíso is one of the leaders in Chile, one of the 5 best universities in the country. Catholic University of Valparaíso Is quite remarkable as it is among the best world universities. The most popular and strong program of the university is "Arts and Humanities", which ranks 310 in the international rankings. The university is in the top 400 in education quality. In addition to the good academic standing the university is also respected by the employers all around the world.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The students must pass examinations in order to get admitted to the university. Catholic University of Valparaíso is among the universities that divides the academic schedule into semesters. A year of bachelor studies will cost you around 5,000 USD. Those who wish to get their master’s degree here should be ready to spend at least 5,000 USD per year. In addition to low tuition fees the university provides the students with extra financial assistance in the form of scholarships. The university offers a wide range of programs for online education. On the university’s official website ( you can find more accurate information on programs and tuition.

The composition of the university. Catholic University of Valparaíso is average in terms of student capacity, teaching the maximum of 15 thousand students. The university accepts both local and foreign students. At PUCV there are about 1% of foreigners. The teaching staff of PUCV is composed of 755 academic specialists. PUCV has exchange agreements with many educational institutions. You can follow the university on social media to learn more about its life: Twitter, Facebook.

Infrastructure of PUCV. The library is available to all of the students. The university also provides dormitories for those who need them. In addition to the ISEP-PUCV International Student Exchange Program the university is also a part of the following associations - DAAD-PUCV, Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA), Columbus.
General information
Organization type Private
Established 1928
Abbreviation PUCV
Teachers 755
Students 14,501
Foreigners 1%
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Fides et Labor
• Consejo Nacional de Educación, Chile
• ISEP-PUCV International Student Exchange Program
• Centro Interuniversitario de Desarrollo (CINDA)
• Columbus
World ranking 652
Country ranking 4
Academic Reputation 400
Employer Reputation 330
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 310
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 652
QS World University Rankings 622
Alternative title
Spanish Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
old Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Location on map

Catholic University of Valparaíso - Official Description

The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso’s history begins in 1924 with the creation of the Isabel Caces de Brown Foundation, which years later would give birth to the first university in the region of Valparaíso, and the fourth one in Chile. In 1928 the university opened its doors to the community, beginning with an enrollment of 250 students. Today it has an enrollment of more than 14.000 undergraduate and graduate students, receiving every year more than 850 international students. Since its foundation, PUCV has expanded and developed its academic scope to become one of the most important universities in the country. PUCV has 9 faculties and more than 100 Undergraduate, Graduate and Specialization Programs. It has also an accreditation of 6 years in every area, standard of excellence that only 6 universities have in Chile, being the Chilean university with the highest number of certified undergraduate programs in the country. Today PUCV has exchange students, scientific and graduate cooperation agreements with more than 200 Higher Education Institutions in 35 countries. The university belongs to international Mobility networks such as ISA, ISEP and CINDA, connecting our students to more than 200 leading universities worldwide. PUCV has given high standard education to...

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