Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

La Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile

Academic Calendar Dates

Fall Semester: early July–early December
Spring Semester: mid-January–mid-July

Submit an application before the Application Deadline. Some students may find it to their advantage to apply well before the application deadline due to the lengthy process of applying for a student visa. Students are encouraged to speak with an advisor in OIP well in advance of the application deadline to discuss their situations.

Pre-requisites—Open to students who have completed or will complete Spanish 103 or the equivalent before departure

Cumulative GPA required—2.75

Chile and La Universidad Alberto Hurtado

University website—www.uahurtado.cl

In this program, students will study at La Universidad Alberto Hurtado, a Jesuit university in Santiago, Chile with which Loyola is affiliated. The university is small, with a warm, familial atmosphere, and is located in the heart of the city of Santiago. Students will have three weeks of Spanish immersion classes (three hours of academic credit) followed by an opportunity to travel throughout South America during the month of February. Students will then begin the regular Universidad Alberto Hurtado semester in early March. The return to Chicago will be after final exams at the beginning of July.

Students will have access to the university sports teams, cultural and community service activities as well as the new Buddy Program (starting Fall 2018)

Chile has a stable government and a strong economy, and is generally considered to be the safest country in South America. Santiago, the capital of Chile, is a modern, cosmopolitan city of five million people in the foothills of the Andes. As Chile is in the southern hemisphere, their seasons are opposite those of Chicago. Therefore, when students arrive in Chile in January, it is summer in South America (Chile's beaches are only an hour or so away). The weather will get cooler as the semester goes on, so by July there's snow (and skiing) on top of the Andes although the weather in Santiago will still be in the 50's.

Curriculum Overview

Students who have not yet achieved Spanish fluency will take a 3-credit 3 week intensive Spanish course at the beginning of the program. Please view the syllabus for the Intensive Spanish Course in either English or Spanish.

Courses Taught in English on a semester basis:

  • Human Rights in Chile (3 credits) - Latin American History and Politics Track
  • Latin American Cultures (3 credits) - Latin American History and Culture Track

All study abroad students are encouraged to take Poverty and Development in Latin America (6 credit hours). This course has a practical component where students have an internship in a Chilean school, neighborhood center, or social service agency. This course has been approved to count toward the Magis scholar program as well as toward core curriculum requirements.

Two Additional Courses from chosen Track—To complete a total of twelve or fifteen semester hours, students will take one or two additional courses at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, choosing subjects such as psychology, history, economics, theology, literature, etc. Please visit the Office for International Prgoram for more information about the courses offered.

Students have the opportunity to receive Loyola credit for courses taken during this program. Many Loyola students who have participated in the program have been majors or minors in Global and International Studies, Political Science, History, Latin American Studies, Psychology, Spanish, Social Work and Philosophy, and several of these students have gotten courses in Chile approved to count toward their major, minor or toward core curriculum requirements. To see the courses that have been approved for major, minor, or core curriculum credit already, search the Chile program in the study abroad course approval database.

Type of Accommodation

Loyola students live with carefully selected host families in Santiago. These families will provide, room, plus breakfast and dinner. The university will provide lunch and a free coffee break.

Program Costs

Program costs include

  • tuition
  • room and board
  • cultural trips
  • Spanish immersion course.

Not included:

  • passport and visa fees
  • airfare
  • CISI health insurance
  • personal travel and local travel
  • miscellaneous personal expenses.

Click here for the estimated additional costs.


$100, paid at time of application

Financial Aid Transfer

State and federal loans and grants