Almost all courses, of all levels, are open to foreign students. Studies in the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú are organized in the following manner.
Introductory level Humanities General Studies Program, which consists of a series of introductory courses for students intending to study in the Arts and Humanities, Communication Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Management and Law Schools. Science General Studies Program, which consists of a series of courses for students intending to study in the Science and Engineering School. General Studies Programs last approximately two years.
Undergraduate level These studies enable students to obtain the academic bachelor’s degree and professional titles corresponding to the different areas of specialization. The studies last approximately three years. It is important to stress that our academic programs tend to be longer than in many other countries, since professional formation starts at the undergraduate level. A course in the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú is equivalent to an advanced Senior Level or Upper Division course in the United States, or even to Master’s Degree courses in some cases.
Specialization level (Post-graduate) The Postgraduate School of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú enables students to obtain academic postgraduate degrees, including Doctor's and Master’s Degrees corresponding to different areas of specialization. Studies last approximately two years. Application procedures are different form semester or year students and must be coordinated directly with the Graduate School.
What kind of certificate do I receive after my period of study?
The Office of the Registrar at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú issues certificates recording the grades obtained for each course. These will be handed over personally to the student or sent to the home university upon written request. The grades obtained by students of the School of Special Studies do not automatically count towards a degree or title awarded by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. However, a student at the School of Special Studies who wishes to graduate at the University, can do so by being granted regular admission by external transfer, according the prevailing regulations. They will then be able to validate the grades obtained as a student of the School of Special Studies.
Foreign students have also the possibility of obtaining the Certificate of Peruvian Studies. Among the courses offered by the University are a large number of regular courses with emphasis on Peruvian and South American culture, which will be of special interest for overseas students. The “Certificate of Peruvian Studies” will be awarded to those foreign students who have satisfactorily completed a number of specialized courses in Peruvian studies in the fields of humanities and social sciences, with a minimum score of 13 in all the courses taken. Both those students who study during a period of one academic semester, and those who stay for a year, are required to accumulate a minimum of 12 credits in courses of this type. This does not prevent students from combining the study of courses related to Peruvian themes which are valid for obtaining the Certificate with other regular courses offered by the University. To study for the “Certificate of Peruvian Studies” does not imply any additional cost for the student. Some courses are concerned with Peruvian themes and it is suggested that students use them to create a study program that will enable to obtain the 12 credits required.
Does the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú offer guidance for international students?
The Area of International Relations of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú offers advisory services for international students which includes academic advice and general guidance to help students integrate into the University community.
Students have the option of participating in the "Compañero PUCP" program, through which they will be matched with a Peruvian student, who will introduce them to university life and guide them during their academic stay.
As for accommodation, international students have the option to board with Peruvian families. This provides maximum opportunity for practice in the use of the Spanish language, and offers the opportunity of unique experience of social and family life in Peru. Students interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should complete the housing questionnaire.
International students interested in taking regular courses offered by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and require additional information can write to the following address:
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Dirección de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación Area de Relaciones Internacionales Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Avenida Universitaria 1801, San Miguel, Lima 32, PERU Telephone: (51-1) 6262163 Fax: (51-1) 6262170 E-mail: email@example.com