Santa Clara University

Study Abroad

Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Language of Instruction


All courses are taught in Spanish. The application requires students to have completed the equivalent of two years of university-level Spanish, plus have a letter of recommendation from a professor.

The Location
Santiago is a bustling city with a spectacular view of the Andes in nearly every area. With a population of nearly 5 million people, this modern, sprawling metropolis contains one third of the entire Chilean population. Although the city's many neighborhoods and streets may seem intimidating to the newcomer, the world-class subway system and intricate bus network make any transportation very simple. This city has all the amenities, infrastructure, and services of any American or European City (including restaurants, shopping malls, and a rich history), yet it does not lose that charismatic Latin American charm. Most exchange students grow to love this city for the warmth, friendliness, and openness of the people, and for the natural beauty both in the city and the surrounding area. In addition, Santiago has the reputation for being the safest big city in Latin America, both for residents and visitors. Although it takes some getting used to, this city is sure to produce an adventurous and memorable study abroad experience.

The Program
Universidad Alberto Hurtado (UAH) is a small Jesuit University in the heart of downtown Santiago, Chile. Founded in the early 1990s, UAH is one of the newest Jesuit schools in all of the Americas, and it is still developing many of its facilities and academic programs. Although quite small, UAH has a very intimate and friendly environment (not unlike Santa Clara), and all exchange students will undoubtedly feel quickly at home at this liberal arts university.

All of the class sizes are small (12-25 students), and there is always a wide variety of courses to choose from. The university itself is in a large old mansion, and a few business complexes that were converted to classrooms and offices when UAH was founded. There are approximately 1,000 undergraduates, and several hundred graduate students. In general, the number of exchange students each quarter ranges from 5-30 from all over the Americas.

Course Selection
Economia y Administracion (Includes Economics and Commercial Engineering), Ciencias Socials (Includes Sociology and Social Work), Filosofia y Humanidades (Includes Philosophy, Literature, History, and Communication), Educacion (Education), Periodismo y Comunicacion Estrategica (Includes Journalism and Writing), Derecho (Law), and Psicolgia (Psychology).

There are different courses offered each semester, but there is no course catalog similar to the SCU catalog. The students in each carrera take a set order of courses during their time at the University. It can often be confusing for the incoming exchange student who tries to find out which courses are offered in a particular semester. The best way to learn about the courses is to look at the descriptions of all the classes required for each carrera (malla curricular) just to get a sense of the courses available.

Click below for information on SCU grade and unit conversion scales for UAH:


Housing Options
There is no on-campus housing. Generally, all exchange students live with host families who are selected and chosen by the international student director at the university (Isabel Donoso).

Official Contact Person
Isabel Donoso, Director of Exchange Students:


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