Student Life in Uruguay

Studying abroad isn’t just about academics.  While studying will be an important part of the semester, equally as important is the investment that students make in engaging with their host communities.  The Middlebury School in Uruguay encourages students to go beyond the traditional study abroad path and explore the many ways they can enrich their experience. 
The suggestions on the pages below are based primarily on recommendations that we've received from former students.  These lists are by no means exhaustive; rather, they are meant merely as a starting point for exploring all of the ways you can get involved in Uruguay!

Outdoor & Physical Activities

Perfil Gym: Located at 21 de Septiembre, 2884

Club Defensor Sporting: Located at 21 de Septiembre, 2362
*Be sure to check in with Silvia before joining so that they don't charge you a registration fee!

Social Media

Don't underestimate the power of Facebook and other social media platforms to help you connect with your host community!

I used Facebook a lot to browse events and programs in the can search any topic...once you start liking things in Montevideo, Facebook will give you other events on your feed. Amanda Spiller (Bowdoin College), Fall 2016

Montevideo International Students (Facebook group): I'd recommend joining MIS (Montevideo International Students) on facebook, it's a group that organises interesting cultural activities and trips for international students. It's run by uruguayans our age, so it's also a good way to make friends. Marième Diop (Swarthmore College), Spring 2017

...the MIS (Montevideo International Students) group is an extremely helpful way of connecting with Uruguayan people and culture. They organize tours, parties, and other events so that international students can make the most of their time in the country. The best part is that most of the events are free or extremely discounted. All the members are very welcoming and friendly as well. They also coordinate with BAIS (Buenos Aires International Students) from time to time, which is a great way to extend the experience beyond the borders of Uruguay. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram to see all the amazing events they have! Jillian Duncan-Taylor (Middlebury College), Spring 2017

University-Related Activities

Some of your host universities may also sponsor general events and/or events catered to international students and other special-interest groups.  Be sure to connect with the international students' office, other university departments, and student organizations via Facebook and check their websites for upcoming events.  Also be on the lookout for flyers and student group tables once you're on campus!

Universidad Católica del Uruguay

Deporte y recreación: Visit this page to learn about sports at UCU, including indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, handball (women's), swimming, outdoor soccer, and field hockey.

Expresión artística: Visit this page to learn about arts-related workshops and activities at UCU, including chorus, visual arts, and theater.

Participación y vida estudiantil: Visit this page to learn about other student groups and student life initiatives at UCU.

Universidad ORT

Actividades deportivas: Visit this page to learn about sports and other recreational activities offered at ORT, including basketball, futsal (indoor soccer), handball, field hockey, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Programa padrinos: Visit this page to learn about ORT's padrinos program, which is a buddy system for international students.  This is a great way to connect with a fellow ORT student!

Universidad de la República

Bienestar universitario: This page acts as a hub for student life information at UDELAR.  Be sure to check out the cultura and deporte tabs for information about cultural and sports-related activities and events!

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