Loyola University Maryland

International Programs

University Alberto Hurtado (UAH)-Santiago, Chile

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Chile is a country of 15 million people with 5 million in Greater Santiago. UAH is the Jesuit university among the 60 universities within the country. Notre Dame, Boston College, Loyola of Chicago, and Marquette are a few of the American universities affiliated with UAH. The university is named after a Jesuit who is well known throughout the country for his work with the poor. UAH is committed to his vision concerning human rights, ethical issues and service in addition to academic excellence. We participate in this vision through an academic program.

Criteria for Acceptance

  • Typically sophomores and juniors with a cumulative average of 3.0, but also students with a 2.8 average should apply;
  • Although this is a program primarily for non-Spanish majors or minors, Spanish majors and minors may apply;
  • Students who can find courses which fit their Loyola academic program and allow for full time participation and who are neither on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems should apply;
  • All students must complete SN101-104 before they can study in Santiago, and SN majors and minors are strongly encouraged to complete SN 201 and 203 or 217, as these are important prerequisites to the Spanish concentration; and
  • Fall students must complete SN 201 and SN203 before going, as there is no intensive course.


  • A 3.0 credit Intensive Spanish course is taught in Santiago at the beginning of the program. This 200-level Spanish course includes service opportunities, short trips and guided visits. It will be completed in January before the February break and beginning of the semester (March);
  • Students can take a  6.0 credit course titled "Poverty and Development in Latin America" this course combines class work with field experiences;
  • Students will take other courses at the 3.0 credit level. Some courses taken in Spanish will allow papers and exams to be done in English;
  • Loyola now offers a new minor program in Latin American and Latino Studies. Courses taken at Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago can be applied towards this, or towards a Spanish major or minor. Core course options are also available; and
  • Cultural trips and guided visits will be offered.

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

Length of Stay

  • This is a spring or fall semester program.
  • Students will have a month-long vacation in February (spring semester).


  • Students live in homestays with host families. Two meals a day are provided during the week, and three meals are provided on Saturday and Sunday.


  • Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional, and private sources of aid except for the federal work-study program;
  • Tuition is paid to Loyola. Housing is paid by the student, in Santiago (except January housing paid by the program);
  • Students will be responsible for all other expenses such as airfare and personal trips; and
  • Loyola financial aid applies.


  • 15 to 18 credits of course work;
  • intensive Spanish review (includes housing);
  • A support coordinator;
  • Orientation;
  • A home stay;
  • Cultural trips;
  • Field experiences; and
  • Community service at Hogar de Cristo.

Application Requirements

An application and essay must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the second Wednesday after Thanksgiving break of the sophomore year for study abroad in the junior year.

Course Equivalencies

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This is a working list of the course equivalencies for the Loyola-Santiago exchange.

The course approvals and equivalencies provided are the most current for the Office of International Programs. Once accepted to a study abroad program, students will have an academic interview with the appropriate director and will be advised on their course selection.

Please be advised: All students are solely responsible for informing themselves about the status of these courses. Course approvals and equivalencies may change at a moments notice. This means you should confirm if the following courses are approved, or if the courses have been removed.

If there are other courses you desire to take, and they are not on the course equivalency list; you must get written course approval by the department chair. The courses that you choose should fit into your degree audit and enable you to graduate on time.

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