Universidad Alberto Hurtado

The status of this exchange is currently under review; students who wish to apply should have at least one other program option. 

Mount Holyoke students may apply to study on exchange at Universidad Alberto Hurtado for one or two semesters. We may nominate up to two students for a full academic year, or four students for one semester each. Application for the exchange is open to all qualified students regardless of their financial aid status.

Universidad Alberto Hurtado

  • Private, Jesuit, university founded in 1997 through the merger of three separate institutions
  • Open to qualified students of all faiths and backgrounds
  • Organized into 6 facultades (schools) with more than 35 areas of study in the humanities and social sciences
  • About 2,000 students
  • Intercambio program & large international students program (PEI)
  • International Relations Department and Student Services Office provide support, advising, orientation, etc.
  • Located in the center of Santiago, not far from the Presidential Palace

City of Santiago

  • Capital and largest city in Chile, population about 5,000,000
  • Located in the central valley
  • Modern bus and metro system make it easy to get around
  • Lively and diverse cultural center, with museums, parks, sports arenas, music, etc.

Academic Program

  • Two semesters: first semester runs from early March to late June, second semester runs from early July to late October
  • Students may apply for one or two semesters
  • All courses (except language courses) are taught in Spanish
  • Students enroll directly into courses offered by UAH to its degree-seeking students, so must be proficient in Spanish
  • Students may register for courses in any combination of subjects
  • Subjects available include Economics, Education, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology

Living Arrangements

  • Students may choose to live in a homestay, or in an apartment


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed sophomore year (or at least three semesters, for spring entrants) prior to enrolling at UAH
  • Must have completed at least four semesters of college-level Spanish prior to enrolling at UAH

Financial Arrangements

  • Exchange student pays no tuition to MHC or UAH
  • Exchange student pays directly for room and is responsible for her own meals, as well as any nominal university fees, round-trip travel to Chile, books, and personal expenses
  • Most students will find that their family contribution and federal or outside aid for which they are eligible, will be sufficient to cover their costs
  • Exchange students for whom those resources are not sufficient are guaranteed Laurel Fellowships; financial aid award will be based on total budget, including MHC study abroad fee, any nominal UAH fees, and allowances toward room and board, books, personal expenses, and round-trip airfare

How to Apply

  • Submit Mount Holyoke’s Request to Study Abroad (and Laurel Fellowship application, if applicable) according to the instructions on the Deadlines page; applications are ordinarily due early in December for the full year or fall semester, late March for spring
  • Students will be notified by early February (for the full year or fall semester) or early May (for spring) whether they have been selected for the exchange
  • Exchange nominees will submit completed UAH application to the McCulloch Center, for forwarding to UAH (students must also be accepted by UAH)