Latin American Studies Program

This program is offered by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile consists of a wide variety of courses taught in English by faculty members of the university. Coordinated by the International Affairs Division of the Office of the Provost, the program aims to provide students a broad understanding of Latin America, through an interdisciplinary approach.




USD $1200 per course, plus the administrative and service fee of USD$300 that each student has to pay.

The final amount to be paid will depend on the number of courses taken in one semester by each student.



The following courses are available and will be offered with a minimum of 15 students

IHI0225 – Contemporary Latin American History

Professor: Camila Gatica

Description: This course provides a broad vision of the history of twentieth century Latin America, focusing both on the common elements, as well as the diverse experiences and historical processes that have left a mark in the region. Emphasis will be put on cultural aspects of social and political processes that were significant during the twentieth century, addressing them from the analytical perspectives of race, class, and gender.

Course Program IHI0225

IHI2324 – History of Gender in Chile

Professor: Brandi Townsed

Description: This course examines the history of gender in Chile from the colonial period to the present. By approaching this history using gender as a category of analysis, the course will grapple with both women’s and men’s roles in Chilean society were socially constructed and how they changed over time. We will focus on how gender has shaped historical processes such as state formation and citizenship, culture, and daily life.

Course Program IHI2324

ICP0345 Human Rights in Latin America

Description: This course examines the promotion and protection challenges of Human Rights in Latin America, focusing on the most important analytical and empirical debates since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. First, we discuss the most relevant theoretical frameworks to understand human rights, placing them in the historical context within the construction of the International human rights regimes. Next, we will revise the experience of latin american countries with authoritative regimes and human rights abuse during the period called “terrorismo de estado”. In addition, transition justice policies during democratization processes will be analyzed. During the  last part of the course, we will analyze human rights current challenges within the region especially regarding security and violent conflicts. We will discuss questions such as: What is the nature of Human rights abuse in Latin America?, How has been the region countries’ reaction concerning past abuse?; What is the role of NGO’s and regional and international institutions in the promotion of human rights?; What are the best policies to promote and protect human rights in Latin America today?

Course program ICP0345

LET203I Latin American Studies in Literature

Description: This course offers an introduction to Latin American Studies through a selection of key cultural and literary texts by and about indigenous people: essays, novels, poems, short stories and films. It considers how non-indigenous and indigenous authors grappled with a "contact zone" (Pratt) that began in the colonial period and that, despite important shifts, continues into the present.

Course program LET203I

MUC890 Latin American Music

Description: This survey course is an introduction to modern Latin American popular music. It considers Latin American music within a broad cultural and historical framework. Discussions will be framed by a range of concepts pertinent in Latin American contexts, such as diaspora, colonialism, hybridity, mestizaje, and globalization.

Course program MUC890

SOL221 Latin American Culture Ethnicity

Description: This course provides students with a general understanding of Latin American Culture and Ethnicity since independence in the 19th century but with particular attention to more recent transformations in the late 20th century. During the course, we will cover four key dimensions of cultural processes in the region: religious symbolism, political culture, education, and ethnicity. Students will be introduced to the main sociological perspectives and Latin American intellectuals that have contributed to the analysis of these four dimensions. Students will be able to use these theoretical frameworks to analyse cultural changes in the region and conduct independent research. 

Course program SOL221



Language requirement:

TOEFL: 80 minimum overall score.

IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score.

GPA 3.0 (or equivalent)

Online application dates


Online Application Dates

1st Semester (from March to mid-July) Application deadline: October 30th from the previous year.

2nd Semester (from August to mid-December) Application Deadline: May 2nd from the current year.




In order for you to apply to the Latin American Studies Program, you need to comply with the following steps:

Supporting documents to be uploaded to the online application form:


·         Official Transcript (updated)

·         Authorization letter issued by the International Office of your Home University.

·         TOEFL or IELTS test results

·         Scanned copy of the Passport (personal information page)


Fill in the online application in the following link.

Once the application is properly filled in, click on “Send”. A new window will open where your application number will show. 

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Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar

UC organizes its academic year in two semesters:


First Semester (Spring semester in the northern hemisphere): from March to July

Second Semester (Fall semester in the northern hemisphere): from August to December


Academic Calendar 

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