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Chile: Santiago - University of Alberto Hurtado

What's An Exchange?

SCU has a tradition of establishing direct exchange partnerships with institutions abroad which allows our students to study on host campuses abroad while also welcoming students from abroad at SCU. These exchange partners focus on the same high-level academic experience offered at SCU and many are founded in our same Jesuit background. SCU Exchanges are not run through a program provider so students receive pre-departure and onsite support directly from the host institution's international staff.

Exchange programs at SCU are designed for students who wish to fully immerse themselves in their host culture and society by taking classes alongside locals. These programs require students to be comfortable with ambiguity and autonomy, as well as have a desire to be independent as exchange programs are less structured than provider programs. Students on exchanges must be prepared to navigate processes such as visas and housing independently.

Students on exchanges do tend to have more opportunities to participate in student life and make local friends. Exchanges promote the highest level of immersion in the host university as well as the local community. Students that feel comfortable being flexible and desire independence with the ability to fully immerse are a great fit for exchange programs.


Universidad Alberto Hurtado

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.

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 & Europe.

More information about Alberto Hurtado:

Students on exchanges must adhere to SCU’s policy of 15-semester units, 30 ECTS credits or 50 UAH credits while abroad per semester. Pass/No Pass courses are not an option on exchange programs unless offered by the host university. Once transcripts are received, the SCU Registrar will convert the host university’s credits and grades into the SCU equivalents. 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. Students typically enroll in 4-5 courses or 50 credits.

Students can access the following faculties: 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).

UAH offers a 3-week pre-session intensive language course starting in early July for the fall term. This course is a great opportunity for students to adapt to the Chilean accent, dialect, and modismos. This course is 10 AUH credits, which can be used toward the 50 required for the semester. It is not mandatory, yet is highly recommended. There is a fee for the pre-session language course and is the responsibility of the student.

Prior to nomination, students can contact to request syllabi from UAH for evaluation. Please be sure to include the full name of the course and the course number. Be aware that host university syllabi formats may be very different from SCU and could require additional description or translation.

UAH is in the southern hemisphere so keep in mind that the Fall and Spring semester will look different than Santa Clara. *This may affect students who receive Financial Aid. Please talk to the Study Abroad team and Financial Aid for more information.*

Semester One (Spring Semester)
Arrival Date: Early March
End of Exam Period: Mid-July

Semester Two (Fall semester)
Arrival date: Mid-July
End of Exam Period: Late November

More Academic Resources:
Faculties and Courses
UAH Grades and Unit Credit Conversion

Exchange programs are billed as a Cost Level A program. The basic SCU tuition will be the only amount charged to the student’s eCampus account for the semester abroad. All other required costs (housing, airfare, visas, optional language courses, country health insurance, etc.) will be paid directly by the student.

Students live with host families provided by NexoChile.

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 visa application process is the responsibility of the student. Begin the process early to ensure you meet the visa requirements. Visa processes vary from year to year. Please, do not refer to previous participants for vital visa information.