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Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO world heritage site based upon its improvised urban design and unique architecture. Founded in 1536, Valparaíso is not only one of Chile’s most important port cities, but it is also its third largest city. Valparaíso remains a source of inspiration for artists of all types, including the well-known Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda. Students can visit Neruda’s seaside home in Valparaíso, as well as the Chilean Congress. Offering strikingly beautiful views from the top of its numerous hills, it is reminiscent of San Francisco. Valparaíso, or Valpo for short, is a city where students can amble away an afternoon exploring its steep and winding streets, peppered with colored houses and electric lines, and admire the sparkling Pacific Ocean below. It is also only a two-hour bus ride away from Chile’s capital city, Santiago.
API offers students the great opportunity to study in Valparaíso with PUCV:
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de ValparaísoThe history of the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV) began in 1924, though its doors did not open to the Chilean community until 1928. The fourth university to be established in Chile, it is recognized as the leading university in the region of Valparaíso and attracts Chilean students with top scores on the national university entrance exam. It enrolls approximately 14,000 students and has 100 programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Housing its academic departments throughout the picturesque city of Valparaíso, students will enjoy the urban landscape and the opportunity to attend a university that is integrated into city life. Visiting students enjoy taking Spanish courses at all levels, as well as Chilean culture courses. Advanced Spanish speakers are encouraged to take coursework with Chilean students.
“It was perfect in every way! I came to Chile with some personal goals, and I am happy I met them."
API students in Valparaíso have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including volunteering at youth non-profit organizations, working with young children, helping out at homeless shelters, contribute to environmental projects, and participating in mural painting and city beautification projects.
Street art tours
Charming Paseos and walks
Visit Pablo Neruda's "La Sebastiana'
Pisco Sour (cocktail)
Pebre (Chilean salsa)
Chorillana (extreme French fries!)
Fiestas Patrias (Chilean Independece Day - September 18)
Mil Tambores Festival (100 Drums Festival - Early October)
Dia de las Glorias Navales (May 21)
Founded in 1924, the Pontificia Universidad Católic de Valparaíso was the 4th university to be established in Chile and is considered as a leader in environmental studies and outreach.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Alejandra Rojas will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.