Located in central Santiago, UAH is a Jesuit university that was founded in 1997 and created from the merger of three separate institutes which played a key role in Chile's recent history; Instituto Latinoamericano de Doctrina y Estudios Sociales (ILADES), the Centro de Investigación, Desarrollo de la Educación (CIDE), and the Fundación Educacional Roberto Bellarmino.
As a Jesuit university it realizes its strong humanist mission through its excellence in teaching, research, and social work. UAH’s academic strengths include philosophy, humanities, psychology, social ethics, human development, education, economics, and business administration. Students attending UAH may take a “Poverty and Development” course which involves a service-learning component.
Upon arrival, BC students have an intensive orientation to Santiago, Chilean culture, and the Chilean academic system and take an intensive three-week Spanish course.
Constanza Bauer Campos
AUH International Student Coordinator
Coordinadora de Estudios en el Extranjero
Dirección de Cooperación e Intercambio (DCI)
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
Students may begin researching courses prior to departure by visiting the course selection links below. Once students arrive in Santiago, they will register for courses. Remember that BC spring semester corresponds to UAH’s primer semestre and BC fall semester corresponds to UAH’s segundo semestre. Information about the courses offered at UAH can be found by following the instructions below:
Optativos de Formación General (OFG)
- Click here to see departments and courses.
- Click on “Facultad” (Academic Departments)
- Beneath any one of the six disciplines, click on the specific “carrera” or major.
- Click on “Malla Curricular”
- *Please note that for BC’s fall semester, you may take courses from any even-numbered semester (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) and for BC’s spring semester, you may take courses from any odd-numbered semester (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.)
OFG courses are offered to all UAH and International Students, in addition to the courses listed in the Mallas Curriculares. Each academic year, most courses are offered during both semesters, but some may vary. Students may use this information to proceed with course approvals.
Please see here
for a list of OFG courses.
- Fall Term: Starts in late July and ends in early December
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in mid-July.
BC utilizes the services of an external housing coordinator, Cecilia Blanch, to assist students in finding home-stay accommodations. BC students are required to live with a local family for the first two months, and may move to another home-stay if unhappy within the first two months.
All Universidad Alberto Hurtado students are billed by BC for their housing. Cecilia Blanch or a Chilean home-stay family member will meet students at the airport. In addition, students will have their own room and laundry services. Cecilia Blanch will contact students with information about their homestays well in advance of their arrival: all students must fill out and return the housing form that Cecilia sends as soon as possible.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Students will be met at the Santiago airport and picked up, provided they supply necessary travel information one month prior to arrival to the Housing Coordinator.