Santiago Program Deadlines and Costs
The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) was founded on June 21, 1888, to offer training in traditional professions and in technological and practical fields such as business, accounting, chemistry, and electricity. On February 11, 1930, Pope Pius XI declared it a Pontifical University, and in 1931 it was granted full academic autonomy by the Chilean government. It is a private (but with some public support), urban, multi-campus university. It is one of six Catholic universities, and one of 25 institutions within the Chilean university system.
Its 18 Faculties are distributed on four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus located in southern Chile. The technical training centers affiliated with the University are: DUOC, the Rural Life Foundations, the Baviera Foundation, the Catechetical Home and the San Fidel Seminary. These centers carry out technical-academic extension activities in rural and agricultural areas. Other UC activities are a Sports Club, a television network that broadcasts into all regions, and a Clinical Hospital dependent on the School of Medicine. Over the last few years the University's leadership in research and graduate programs has had considerable influence on the country's cultural and scientific development. Among other achievements, are an important number of inventions in chemistry (a copper-refining process), in engineering (an induction oven), and in medicine (vaccines).
Graduates of the School of Architecture have also made important contributions to the country with such work as the Central Building of the UC, and the National Library.
Upon the 100th anniversary of its foundation, the UC continues to make every effort to develop its existing facilities and institutions, as well as to make its intellectual, creative, and spiritual capacity available to the community.
Santiago is a diverse city of five million inhabitants and the capital of Chile. The city lies between the Andes Mountain range and Coastal range and is situated in the center of the country. The Pontificia Universidad Católica and the Universidad de Chile have campuses located throughout the city's downtown area and can be easily reached via public transportation.
Students on the Washington University program are housed with families in Santiago. Through this arrangement, students have the opportunity to experience linguistic and cultural immersion, as well as the added support of being in a family environment.