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Program Highlights for Montevideo, Uruguay

The city

Language spoken:

Uruguay Peso (UYU, $U)


City type:
Metropolis (Population >500,000)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
Universidad ORT

Language of instruction:
English, Spanish

Terms offered:
Spring, Summer, Fall, January, Yearlong

Program capacity:
50 students

Credit type:
U.S. semester credit

Deadline to apply

Summer 2024:
March 15

Summer Comparative Studies (Uruguay & Cuba) 2024:
March 15

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
May 15
Late application - Contact USAC

January Montevideo & Buenos Aires 2025:
October 15

Spring 2025:
October 15

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Deadlines vary

  • Experience a unique opportunity to study and explore the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay and Argentina, including its Spanish, Italian and African cultural influences.
  • Take courses in Spanish, activism and gender, Latin American studies, business, viticulture and agribusiness in one of the most important universities in the country.
  • Live in and enjoy the thriving cultural scene of Montevideo: tango, carnival, ferias, live shows and theatre are part of daily life. Montevideo is consistently rated as having the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America.
  • Discover some of the most beautiful places in South America with the tours offered, the breathtaking and lively Buenos Aires, the historical Colonia del Sacramento city, amazing Patagonia and one of the new seven wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls.
  • Explore the outdoor way of life in Montevideo specially along La Rambla, with several beaches, public festivals and sports.
  • The USAC Resident Director and staff are present on-site to welcome and support you during your term abroad.

Why Study in Montevideo?

Two students enjoying a delicious lunch in Montevideo, Uruguay.Students enjoying the view of the ocean in Montevideo, Uruguay.

This program focuses on Spanish Language, Latin American studies, gender and business. Explore the rich culture and contributions of the area known as the Rio de la Plata, which is the river and estuary that forms a border between Argentina and Uruguay.

Courses such as Rio de la Plata - People and Culture Rio de la Plata: Latin American Social Revolutions, Cinema of Uruguay and Argentina, Latin American Cuisine, and Dances of Latin America will introduce you to these two "brother nations" and their political, economic, and lifestyle similarities and differences. The Spanish language courses allow you to complete up to one year of Spanish language coursework in one semester. Well-known in Latin America as a progressive society, Uruguay is the right place to study gender and activism. You can take interesting and hands-on courses in business, viticulture, and health management.

The program is based in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay and a port city with a massive coastal promenade where locals enjoy strolling, exercising, and socializing. Known for its vibrant, laid-back lifestyle, the host city also offers a robust music, theater, and arts scene where many performances are held at Teatro Solis, Montevideo's renowned theatre built in 1856 or at the public festivals held at parks, plazas or La Rambla. USAC chose to locate the program in Uruguay due to its safety, political, financial, and economic stability.

Universidad ORT Uruguay (Campus Pocitos) is the host university and is located in a middle-class neighborhood. An international and non-denominational university, it is the first and largest private university in the country with 10,000 students. The campus is newer, modern, and quite nice. This convenient location offers easy access to gymnasiums, La Rambla, parks, many stores, cafeterias, and banking.

You can enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester. USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially back-to-back within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level.

Many course-related field trips, tours and studies are organized throughout your study abroad to enhance your learning. Some of the field trips, optional tours and field studies include Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, Iguazu Falls, Piriapolis and Punta del Este. There will also be extracurricular no cost activities organized for you to immerse and explore, including the Buddy Program with local students, indoor soccer, photography and museum workshops, theatre night, beach activities, a visit to Palacio Legislativo, art expo openings, carnival show, graffiti tours and other social events.

NEW! Montevideo/Buenos Aires January Session

The 3-week January session will be held during summer season in the region. It will combine the two sites, both major cities, yet also surrounded by Rio de la Plata with its many public beaches, lush nature and landscape to visit during the term. Students will enjoy the unique experience of studying in two capitol cities in one single program. They will take 3 credits selected from courses in Spanish language, culture, society, history, and social justice.

Students will arrive to Montevideo where they will spend one week, have orientation and begin classes; they will then travel together to Buenos Aires where classes will continue for the second week; a final, third week will be held in Montevideo.

Full time USAC staff are available and present for the students in both Uruguay and Argentina. They will be traveling with the group between countries, monitoring safety, classes, field trips, and student well-being in both countries. Courses will be taught by current USAC Montevideo instructors and local Argentinian instructors.