Study Abroad in Santiago, Chile
With a population of more than 15 million people, Chile is in the southeast of South America, between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The country stretches for 2,604 miles and encompasses impressive climatic and geographical contrasts: Some of the driest deserts in the world, beautiful beaches, mountainous ski slopes, volcanoes and thousand-year-old glaciers and ice fields. Chile's islands also offer interesting tourist attractions: Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) with its archaeological treasures; Robinson Crusoe Island, well-know for its fauna and vegetation; and Chiloe, famous for its mysticism and unique folklore. Spanish is the official language and currency is the Chilean Peso.
Universidad Alberto Hurtado, one of the most prestigious and competitive universities in Chile, hosts the SLU Chile program. Founded in 1977, and with more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students, this exclusive institution offers classes in communications, business, psychology, education, humanities, journalism, sociology and more.
Students live with Chilean host families in private residences and may share a room with another student. This housing situation is ideal for students who want to improve their Spanish language skills. A meal plan is included.
You will enroll in courses when you arrive in Chile. View general course information (taught in Spanish).
Please note: 10 Chilean credit hours are equivalent to 3 credit hours at SLU. Therefore, all students must enroll in at least four 10-credit-hour classes in Chile, which are equivalent to 12-credit hours at SLU.
Students are to consult with their Academic Department regarding all course approvals. Students will not view the course schedule or register until upon arrival in Chile and are instructed to email all prospective course descriptions (translated in English) to their Academic Department for approval.
All students enroll in a required Three week intensive Spanish Immersion Course (10 Chilean hours) before beginning classes at UAH (waived for Spanish-speaking natives). Upon conclusion of the Spanish course, fall-semester students will immediately start classes, and spring-semester students will have a one-month vacation before courses begin in March.
UAH typically offers the course, Poverty and Development, which they cross-list as both a Political Science and a Theology course. The course is 20 Chilean Credits which is typically 6 U.S. credits. If you are interested in this course, please discuss with your Academic Dean and Mentor to see if this would fit in your course plan.
Fall Semester: July - December
Spring Semester: January - July (The month of February is off.)
The total cost of the program fees, including tuition, room and meals per semester for the 2011-2012 academic year can be found here. All SLU financial aid and academic tuition scholarships apply (athletic scholarships do not apply). In addition, a mandatory $250 international insurance fee per semester will be added to the student's account.
To seek admission, which is not guaranteed, a student must meet the following requirement(s):
- 2.8 GPA
- Two years of college Spanish (waived for native speakers)
- Sophomore or Junior
- Not be on academic or disciplinary probation
Please submit the following completed documents together to Des Peres Hall 102. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.