International Programs
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Alexandra McGee

Find out how Alexandra McGee spent her year abroad in Santiago, Chile.
Read practical information about your program and ask current and former participants questions as you prepare to study abroad.

Chile: Living Abroad

Adjustment to the Host University

Adapting to life in another country and accepting a different academic process is one of the biggest challenges that you will face. You should be prepared to adapt to the structure of the PUC. While there may be some similarities, there will be many differences. We encourage you to contact alumni of the program to learn more about the PUC. One difference is the academic calendar. The PUC is organized to begin in March and end in December. You will remain on a "U.S." calendar and begin in the PUC's second semester.

Student Activities

You will find opportunities to participate in a variety of activities at the university. The university sponsors athletic activities such as aerobics, basketball, soccer, swimming and track. During the summer break, the student federation sponsors cultural, social, and recreational activities. The program assistant also arranges special events and opportunities for the CSU students to get together during the year.


IP makes temporary housing arrangements for you upon arrival in Santiago. During the first two weeks the program assistant will help you look for permanent housing. Many students live with host families, while others find apartments. Some rooms are also available at privately owned residence halls.