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Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC Chile)

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Location: Santiago, Chile

Language of Instruction: Spanish

International Student Office: Partners in South and Latin America
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FCO Travel Advice: Chile

History Year Abroad Student Views
  • At first, everything was confusion and I would feel very tired at the end of the day learning so many new things and meeting new people. However, quickly you settle into a routine, something I was grateful that studying at a university gave me, and become accustomed to the new environment. I quickly became used to taking the metro to university, something I have never done before, as well as becoming familiar with the chilenismos-something which merits its own long essay there are so many!!- used every day by the people I was surrounded by.
  • In general I would say that the teaching style is much more involved than in the UK. While independent learning was encouraged we were always given a list of texts to read and on which we would be assessed and rarely had to find our own texts to compare these with. The work was a lot less autonomous than in the U.K. with a lot more guidance from the professors.
  • I have gained a much greater understanding of Latin American history. It was especially interesting to be taught about the European “discovery” of the continent from a Latin American university and the types of attitudes they put forward. I was also lucky enough to study the indigenous culture and language of quechua which was fascinating: especially to learn about the dominance of an empire in Latin America that was not of European background. Quechua also uses a language system completely different to those of Latinate languages, such as Spanish, so I expanded my knowledge of linguistics and also was exposed to completely new non-Western world views.
  • At my university, I was very lucky to have a brilliant team of Chilean students that organised lots of events and trips especially for international students throughout the year. This organisation was great for helping international students meet other students, domestic and international, as well as introducing us all to the culture of the country. For example I participated in a mock Independence Day party which showed and explained the traditions celebrated during the ´fonda´.
  • Chile is made up of so many different indigenous cultures that have intertwined with the more dominant European Spanish. This not only enriches the very particular language of the country, but also the society and culture. It is an issue still very much in conflict, and often in my time in Santiago I was witness to many demonstrations by indigenous groups, predominantly the mapuche, who were protesting for greater rights and representation within the country they consider their home.

Please note that not all institutions are available each year, and places will be allocated on a competitive basis. Partnerships may be added or withdrawn at any time, and are always subject to availability. The institutions available each year will be posted in the preceding Autumn Term.

Year Abroad Contacts:

Professor Tim Lockley
Director of Study Abroad Programmes
Mrs Val Melling

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 22502
HistoryOffice at warwick dot ac dot uk