The Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso (Spanish: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso) (PUCV), also known as Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (UCV), is a university of approximately 14,000 students located in Valparaíso, Chile.
PUCV attracts students from different areas of Chile, as well as hundreds of exchange students from Europe, North America and several countries from South America, due to its convenient student exchange programs. It is recognized as a traditional institution with high academic prestige and as a complex university due to its important research and educational development in the fields of science, engineering, humanities and arts. As a Catholic university, it answers directly to the Holy See and the Bishopric of Valparaíso. It is a private university with state support.
PUCV is an urban university. It has a central campus known as Casa Central (Central House) located in downtown Valparaíso, only a few blocks away from the Chilean Congress, the Metro, and the Pacific Ocean. One of the drawbacks of being an urban university is the difficulty of growing at the original site of its foundation. Several PUCV buildings are on the historic palm-tree-lined Avenida Brasil, but most of its schools are dispersed in throughout Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué and Quillota.
Currently, PUCV has 63 undergraduate programs, 15 doctorate programs, 35 master programs and 82 other postgraduate programs.
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Natural Resources
Faculty of Philosophy and Education
Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology