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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Lima, Peru.

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú is interesting for all fields.

Number of places available

3 per semester

Academic calendar

Fall Semester: Mid-August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-March – Early July

Language of instruction

This destination has a language of instruction other than English. This means that you need to have at least a language proficiency level of CEFR B2 Spanish. You need to complete Spanish Language and Culture II (UCHUMSPA21) or get an exemption from the UCU Language & Culture coordinator, and it is your own responsibility to achieve at least B2 Spanish. This language requirement is partly for your own protection, so you can take courses at the same level as you do at UCU, and partly because we believe it allows you to have an experience abroad that is more immersive, enriching and culturally valuable to you.

All courses are taught in Spanish at At Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú

Course levels

Differs per School. PUCP has, like UCU, 3-year Bachelors, and most courses are meant to be taken in a specific year, i.e. they do have a specific level.

Credit system

To have a fulltime workload, you’ll have to take at least 15 credits per semester in Peru: 1 PUPC = 2 ECTS. Conversion: 15 credits = 30 ECTS.

Grade system

In Peru, a grading system from 1-20
point is used, which transfer to UC grades as follows: 

Grade Basic grade point Peruvian Grading system
A+ 4.0 18 to 20
A 4.0 17
A- 3.7 16
B+ 3.3 15
B 3.0 14
B- 2.7 13
C+ 2.3 13
C 2.0 12
C- 1.7 12
D 1.0 11
F 0.0 10 or less

PUCP does not have its own housing, but they can assist you in finding a place to live. An alternative is to live with a Peruvian family, which will allow you to get to know the local culture and the language even better! There is also the option of participating in the ‘Cumpanero PUCP’. In this program, you’ll be coupled with a Peruvian student, who will introduce you to university life and help you with all your questions.


The costs depend of course on the place to stay that you find. Staying with a host family would cost approximately $350 (€250) per month, including meals. Books and other materials are expected to cost only $100 (€70) per semester. 


Students have to arrive one week in advance to attend the Orientation.

Student experiences

Choosing courses at PUCP is nice, since you get a test period after which you are still able to switch. It is recommended that you don’t take too many 200 or 300 level courses so as not be overwhelmed. Although the level of the courses is a little lower than at UCU, the workload is higher.The city of Lima and PUCP offer many great opportunities and it is not expensive at all! Finally, make sure your Spanish is good! 

More information

For information about the requirements for studying abroad, the application procedure and more, go to UCU's Study abroad page. 

You can browse through all UCU exchange destinations and UU exchange destinations in the exchange catalog.