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Why study in Uruguay? Well, the combination of high quality and laid-back lifestyle, stunning coastline, vibrant culture and well developed cities is certainly tough to beat.
As for the universities, four of Uruguay’s institutions feature in the 2012 QS University Rankings: Latin America. Of these, the Universidad de la República (UdelaR) is the highest entry, at 79 (up from 94 in 2011).
The Universidad de Montevideo is just outside the top 100, followed by the Universidad Católica del Uruguay and Universidad ORT Uruguay.
All four of these are based in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital and largest city (pictured).
As is common in the Southern Hemisphere, the academic calendar in Uruguay runs from March to April.
A highly urbanized country, with 80% of its population based in cities, Uruguay is known for its relatively high quality of life and well-developed education and social security systems.
It’s a popular destination for tourists, with towns like Punta del Diablo, Maldonado, Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento all pulling in the crowds – not to mention the 670km of magnificent coastline.
Uruguayans are warm and friendly towards foreigners, and if you're in the mood to let your hair down, a stupendous nightlife awaits you.
Folk music, played on the guitar, accordion and drums, is also an integral part of Uruguayan life, and enriches the experience of those who visit the country.
Uruguayans love an afternoon siesta, so you’ll find another charming element of life here is the closure of shops and offices (which open as early as 7 or 8am) for a few hours in the early afternoon. This period of peace and quiet is something you’ll soon learn to appreciate!
Uruguay has a fairly consistent subtropical climate, with little in the way of regional variation. Extreme temperatures are also fairly rare (though seasons are pronounced), with temperatures ranging from 6-14°c in winter and 17°c-28c° in summer in the capital city.
Rainfall is generally distributed evenly throughout the year, and humidity levels are quite high. The nation’s climate does not vary extremely from one area to another.
International students entering Uruguay for undergraduate or graduate programs require a student visa.
You will need to produce a valid passport, an acceptance letter, passport size photographs and relevant travel documents to be granted a visa. You’ll also need to show you have enough money to support yourself. Contact your nearest Uruguayan Embassy for advice on your visa application.
Spanish is the main language of tuition in Uruguay, so a good working knowledge of the language is essential for any international students wishing to study there.
Uruguay could also be a good option for those looking specifically to strengthen their Spanish. A range of short-term and intensive courses are available, as well as one-on-one tuition.
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