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Universities in Santiago

Pontifical Catholic University - Madre y Maestra

The majority of international student classes are held in the AULAS II (Classrooms II) building.
The majority of international student classes are held in the AULAS II (Classrooms II) building.
The Pontifical Catholic University is a private institution founded in Santiago in 1962 with the objectives of teaching, research, and community service. The campus encompasses 300 beautifully landscaped acres with 32 buildings including classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, library, computer labs, student center, and sporting facilities. Both undergraduate and post graduate degrees are offered in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, social sciences, law, humanities, and education.

Volunteer Opportunities with ELAP in Santiago

ELAP students will attend Pontifical Catholic University-Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)if they are participating in an ISA program in conjunction with their ELAP program.

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.

Students participating only in an ELAP Service-Learning and Internship program will not attend classes but work 15–35 hours per week at a local organization. All participants will develop an ELAP Portfolio throughout the program which includes reflective essays, group discussions, logs of hours, a supervisor evaluation and a certificate of completion.

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.

Custom Programs in Santiago

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Santiago
  • Service-learning and/or internships