Universities in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
  • ELAP in Valparaiso

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

A view of the Catholic University of Valparaíso
A view of the Catholic University of Valparaíso
The Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV) was founded in 1928 and is one of the most prestigious institutions of the Chilean higher educational system. With an enrollment of over 13,000 students, the university hosts around 250 international students each semester. Although the PUCV's academic facilities are located in both Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, its main complex is located on the northern edge of Valparaíso across the street from the ISA office. This complex houses administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, libraries and computer and audio-visual facilities. All international students will have orientation sessions at the university at the start of the semester to finalize course selections. Study abroad students also have access to tutoring, computer, sports and recreation facilities. ISA participants may also participate in the various workshops and organizations that the Pontifical Catholic University offers.
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Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez is an AACSB accredited university which originated from the Business School of Valparaiso in 1953. Since then its faculties have expanded to cover areas of study such as Commercial and Civil Industrial Engineering, Law, Journalism, Psychology, History, Literature, and Government. It has an enrollment of more than 7,000 students among its campuses, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The campus also boasts facilities for playing tennis, soccer, volleyball, rugby, basketball, swimming, weight training and more.
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Volunteer Opportunities with ELAP in Valparaiso

ELAP students will attend one of the two universities if they are participating in an ISA program in conjunction with their ELAP program:
*Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso
*Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Students particpating in an ISA Academic Program plus ELAP during the semester will work 5-10 hours per week at a local host organization while attending classes at the host university. The ELAP placement will begin 1-2 weeks after the first week of classes and end the week prior to final exams. Students participating in an ISA Academic Program during the summer will begin their ELAP program after the ISA Summer program ends. Participants will spend between 15–35 hours per week at a local organization.

Select ELAP placements are eligible for academic credit. Participants can earn 1-6 credits based on the number of contact hours accrued at the host organization and successful completion of the ELAP Portfolio. Visit the ELAP website for more information.

Our programs at the ELAP in Valparaiso
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