Middlebury Schools Abroad

School in Latin America: Uruguay Curriculum


Although students do not register for courses until they arrive in Latin America, there is limited course information available on each university's Web site. Students should use these listings as guides to the types of courses that will be available to them and as a basis for discussion with their academic advisers. In addition to two to four university courses and the option of an internship, students are required to take the writing course during their first term of study in Latin America.

Click here for a list of available disciplines by university in Uruguay.

Universidad Católica del Uruguay: Founded in 1985, a few days after the country was returned to democratic rule, this is a private liberal arts institution that has complex historical roots dating back to the first Jesuit educational institution founded in the late seventeenth century in Uruguay. While standing firmly in the Jesuits' long history of providing alternative forms of education in Uruguay, Católica was designed to be complementary to the sole university authorized by the Uruguayan constitution, La República. Católica has a full range of social science and humanities disciplines including economics (though history and literature courses are currently only for foreign students) and is also very strong in the natural sciences.  For available courses, select a subject within one of the facultads. You can view the department's list of courses by clicking the PDF link in the left-hand column, Folleto de la carrera.  

Universidad de la República : Founded in 1838 to be the sole university of the republic, it currently enrolls a total of more than 68,000 students on its numerous campuses throughout the country and employs some 6,000 faculty. 40,000 of these students attend classes in Montevideo, where every major discipline is represented. It would be particularly well-suited for students in the humanities.  For courses, select a Licenciatura from the right-hand menu, and then the Plan de estudios link.

Students interested in studying art and music have the option to enroll in courses in the Facultad de Artes affiliated with República. Information on music courses taught at the Escuela Universitaria de Música can be found here. Information on art classes taught at the Instituto Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes can be found here.

Universidad ORT
: A private institution of some 8,500 students, sponsored by the World ORT, an international educational foundation and social agency founded by Russian Jews in St. Petersburg in 1880 and now centered in London, the Universidad ORT began its existence in 1943, though has only recently been recognized as a university. It is committed to providing universal access to higher education. Unlike most Latin American institutions, it takes pride in its full-time faculty, most with PhDs, who divide their time between teaching and research on the U.S. model. The university is especially strong in the social sciences, the faculty for which is housed in a series of imaginatively renovated buildings located on a block in a charming section of the city.  For available courses, select a subject under one of the facultads and scroll down to the plan de estudios.