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Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC or PUC) is one of the six Catholic Universities existing in the Chilean university system and one of the two Pontifical Universities in the country, along with the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso. It is also one of Chile's oldest universities and one of the most recognized educational institutions in Latin America. Since it is a Pontifical University, it has always had a strong and very close relationship with the Vatican. It was founded on June 21, 1888 through a decree issued by the Santiago Archbishop. Its first chancellor was Monsignor Joaquin Larrain Gandarillas, and at the very beginning, the university only taught two subjects, law and mathematics. It is part of the Universities of the Rectors' Council of Chilean Universities, and although it is not state-owned, a sustancial part of its budget is given by state transferences under different concepts.

According to the "Higher Education Supplement" (THES), published by British newspaper The Times, it is located in the 277th spot among the world's best universities, making it the best ranked Chilean university. In the 2010 admission process, approximately 48% of the students who achieved the best score in the Prueba de Seleccion Universitaria matriculated in the UC.


UC has four campuses in Santiago and one campus in Villarrica. The campuses in Santiago are:

Casa Central

San Joaquin


Lo Contador

These four campuses have a total of 223,326.06 m2 constructed in a 614,569.92 m2 terrain. The Villarrica campus has 1,664 m2 constructed in a 2,362.5 m2 terrain.


UC was founded on June 21, 1888, to offer training in traditional professions (law) 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, urban, multi-campus university. It is one of the eleven Chilean Catholic universities, and one of the twenty-five institutions within the Rectors' Council (Consejo de Rectores), the Chilean state-sponsored university system.

UC's 18 faculties are distributed through 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 Faculty of Medicine.

UC 's Graduates of the School of Architecture (one of the most prominent in Latin America) have also made important contributions to the country with such work as the Central Building ("Casa Central") of UC, and the National Library.

Two of the most important students are the Jesuit Saint Alberto Hurtado and Eduardo Frei Montalva, a Chilean president. Both of them studied in the School of Laws. Sebastian Pinera, another Chilean president, graduated from the university's School of Economics.

Faculties & Subjects

College UC

* Bachelor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

* Bachelor of Social Science

* Bachelor of Arts and Humanities

Faculty of Agronomy & Forest Engineering

* Agronomy

* Forest Engineering

Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Urban Studies

* School of Architecture

** Architecture

* School of Design

** Design

* Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies

Faculty of Arts

* School of Visual Art

** Visual Art

* School of Theater

** Acting

* Institute of Music

** Music

Faculty of Biological Sciences

*Biology (with an academic major in "Natural Resources & Environment" or "Bioprocesses")


*Marine Biology

Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences

* Commercial Engineering

* Economics Institute

* School of Administration

Faculty of Social Sciences

* Institute of Sociology

** Sociology

* School of Psychology

** Psychology

* School of Social Work

** Social Work

Faculty of Communications

* School of Journalism

** Journalism

** Audiovisual Direction Program

* Institute of Medical Studies

Arts Faculty

* Arts

Faculty of Law

* Law

Faculty of Language and Literature

* English Literature and Linguistics

* Spanish Literature and Linguistics

Faculty of Education

* Early Childhood Education

* Education

* General Education

Faculty of Philosophy

* Institute of Philosophy

** Philosophy

* Institute of Aesthetics

** Aesthetics

Faculty of Physics

* Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

** Astronomy

* Department of Physics

** Physics

Faculty of History, Geography, and Political Science

* Institute of History

** History

* Institute of Geography

** Geography

* Institute of Political Science

** Political Science

Faculty of Engineering

* School of Engineering

** Civil Engineering

* School of Civil Construction

** Civil Construction

Faculty of Mathematics

* Mathematics

* Statistics

Faculty of Medicine

* School of Medicine

** Medicine

* School of Nursing

** Nursing and Obstretics

* School of Odontology

** Odontology

Faculty of Chemistry

* Chemistry

* Chemistry and Pharmacy

Faculty of Theology

* Theology

External links

Official Web Site



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