- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second semester sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 4 semesters of college-level Spanish language or equivalent
Students must enroll in courses that provide a total of 15-18 credits. Full time students may take a maximum of 16 credits at Pontifícia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), including: a Spanish language course; the program’s core course: Contemporary Dominican Republic: Political and Socioeconomic Processes; and PUCMM elective courses
Academic Year: Late July-Mid July
Fall: Late July-Early September
Spring: Late February-Mid July
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
The metropolis of Santiago is South America’s sixth largest city, and home to more than six million. Located near the center of the long and narrow Chile, Santiago sits in a bowl-shaped valley with the towering Andes mountains nearly always in view. Here you will find world-class cuisine, exotic suburban parks, neoclassical architecture, and all the trappings of a modern economic center.
Most PUCMM students specialize in a profession such as law, medicine, engineering, architecture, education, or business. Psychology and social communication are the only social science majors. Though PUCCM is the country’s premier private university, it has limited resources compared to most U.S. colleges and universities. U.S. students find striking differences between teaching goals and methods at PUCMM and their home schools. Teaching methods are less formal, employing a mix of tutorials, readings, discussions, reports, and tests, with more emphasis on memorization than analysis. Presentations are often researched and given by individual students or groups, not professors, which requires students to take more initiative for learning.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.