University of the Americas (Chile)

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University of the Americas
Motto "Your goals are ours"
Type Private university
Established 12 October 1988
President Herman Chadwick Piñera
Students 34,000
Location Santiago de Chile, Chile
Campus Santiago de Chile, Viña del Mar, Concepción

University of the Americas (Spanish: Universidad de Las Américas) is a private Chilean university, founded in 1988. UDLA is a part of the Laureate International Universities network of higher education institutions.

UDLA is a private university, declared autonomous in 1997 by the Higher Education Council (CSE), a branch of the Chilean Ministry of Education (Mineduc).


Universidad de Las Americas (UDLA) was founded in 1988 and started its academic activities in 1989. Its headquarters are located in the commune of Providencia, in Santiago.

Its first principal was Mr. Mario Albornoz, a commercial engineer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and MA in Economics from the University of Chicago.

In 1995, UDLA created a branch in Quito, Ecuador.

In 2000, Sylvan International Universities (now Laureate), acquired UDLA, allowing students to obtain combined degrees from other institutions in the Sylvan group.

Between 2000 and 2007, UDLA became the largest private university in Chile.

Accreditation status[edit]

Chilean universities can be granted accreditation status from the National Accreditation Commission (CNA), at an institutional and academic program level. Accreditation is a quality certification and is a requirement for government provided financial aid. In March 2016, UDLA was granted institution level accreditation status until March 2019. Additionally, multiple programs are individually accredited.[1]


  • Greater Santiago
    • Providencia
    • Downtown Santiago
    • Northern Santiago
    • La Florida
    • Maipú
  • Greater Concepcion
    • Chacabuco
    • El Boldal
  • Viña del Mar
    • Los Castaños


  1. ^ "Acreditación institucional". Retrieved 2016-06-08. 

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