The Pontificial Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV), is a university of approximately 11,000 students located in Valparaíso, Chile.
It may also be called simply the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (UCV). PUCV attracts students from different areas of Chile as well as hundreds of exchange students from Europe and North America. The University has a central campus in downtown Valparaiso, only a few blocks away from the Chilean Congress, the brand-new 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 colleges are dispersed in throughout Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Quilpué and Quillota.