What it is like to study at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, also known as PUCP, is the oldest private university of Peru and is ranked as the best university in the country.

While enjoying the quality of this university, as a student you can also enjoy sightseeing the famous and spectacular Andes and Machu Picchu. Add up all the historical and natural beauty of Peru, and your exchange here will be a great adventure!

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú’s recognition

PUCP receives a lot of credit for its outstanding academic performance. Its academic reputation is the key driver of why PUCP is so popular in Peru and internationally. It is also the driver for the university being the 25th on the list of the best universities in Latin America.

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú is known for its many ties with international universities. In total, the university has 388 exchange programs worldwide. This means that students from PUCP have the opportunity to go to many other universities for an exchange, but also that students from all over the world have the opportunity to join PUCP for a semester (or more).

Campuses at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

PUCP has only one main campus, which is located in the west of Lima in the neighborhood San Miguel. There are various smaller buildings spread across Lima, but none of which could be named an official ‘campus’. The main campus is 43-hectare big and is close to Lima downtown and the airport. So you can jump right into the books when you arrive in Lima 😉

Facilities at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

The campus at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú offers many practical facilities. On camping there are banking agencies, sports facilities, museums, cafes and community services. The sports facilities offered by PUCP are volleyball, basketball, football and a multi-use court facility to accommodate 1000 attendees. Besides, there is also some entertainment with galleries, a cinema and theatre.

Student life in Lima

If you’re a student in Lima, you’re definitely not alone. In size the city might seem small, but in the number of students in the city, it’s huge! The proportion of students in the city is large compared to other capitals worldwide, and it’s only increasing. For you to catch a nice house party shouldn’t be too difficult. However, we got to bring you the bad news: the workload of Lima’s universities is higher than the average European university.

Semester exchange at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Lima receives an incredible amount of international students every year. This is due to the many universities PUCP has established a partnership with 210 universities from Europe, 79 from other South American universities, 60 from North America, 21 from Asia and 5 from Oceania.

At PUCP, there is an extensive list of studies you could follow. For this article it would be too many to mention, but you can check on the website of PUCP. There are three main faculties at PUCP for exchange students. These are the law faculty, education faculty and the faculty of management and senior management.

Student Housing in

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International Student housing in Lima

In Lima, living with a host family is quite common. Living with a host family is a great way to explore the culture of Lima, but limits your freedom in exploring the city and enjoying life as an exchange student. The PUCP offers a list of residences and families you could stay at during your exchange abroad.

In Lima, student houses for international students are also quite common. These are houses where you share the living room and kitchen with multiple other students that come to Lima for the same reason as you: to explore it and study. This would be a great way to meet new people and go out with. We have listed these houses on our Housing Abroad page.

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Quick Facts

Students: 27,682

Campuses:
Lima, Peru

Course Languages:
Spanish and English

World Ranking:
#551-560

LatAm Ranking:
#17

Website:
www.pucp.edu.pe

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