Location: Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

Program: UMSL Exchange Program

UMSL Study Abroad eligibility requirements. This program is open second semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 3.0 GPA. If students are interested in participating in courses taught in Spanish, they must have a high-intermediate level of Spanish to apply for this program and have taken at least four courses beyond Spanish 2101. Students without Spanish proficiency may participate in the International Semester only.

Language of Instruction: English or Spanish depending on course selection and language prerequisites.

UMSL Term Abroad: Fall, Spring, Academic Year. The International Semester is only available in the Fall.

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

Subjects Available: 

  • Business - International Business
  • English
  • Latin American Studies
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Marketing
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education - Elementary Education
  • Education - Secondary Education
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Pre-Law or Law

The University: With approximately 3,000 student the UM was ranked first among Uruguay´s private universities by the QS World Ranking for Latin America 2012. The average class size is 25, and student-professor ratio is 8 to 1.

Academics: At UM, courses are taught in Spanish. However, the University regularly offers classes in English as full-length courses, seminars, or intensive programs as part of BA degrees in Translation & Interpretation and Education. The School of Business offers courses in English as part of the International Business Program in Semester 2 (August-December). These courses are a viable option for students who wish to study in Latin America but are not as comfortable with taking a full course-load in Spanish.

UMSL students can study within the School of Business Administrations and Economics, the School of Communications, the School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Humanities, the Business School (IEEM), and the Center for Biomedical Science.

Outside of directly enrolling in the regular academic program, there is an International Business Semester taught each August-December semester where you join Uruguayan students in taking a multicultural look at business in Latin America. Latin American culture courses are also offered during this semester program.

International students can also take the Spanish for Foreigners course that is paid for separately from tuition. It is offered at a reduced cost for students from a partner university.

Internships: Internships are available for credit through Uruguayan organizations or within the university itself. Internships would be combined with enrollment in other academic courses and is a great way to expand your global vision, as well as demonstrate courage and adaptability within an international setting.

Housing: UM does not have on-campus housing options at this time but the  International Office guides students through the Uruguayan rental process. They encourage students to stay in a hostel upon arrival and seek appropriate housing during their first few weeks in Uruguay.

Activities and Programming: UM also offers a Buddy Program that matches you to a Uruguayan peer with similar interests. You can also participate in sports and clubs and formal volunteer program directly related to your personal interests.

Location: Uruguay combines Latin American character with European atmosphere. Its residents are cultured, easy-going, open and friendly. Montevideo combines cosmopolitan charm with the pleasant ambience of a city built to a human scale. From the busy city center to the beach-side neighborhood of Pocitos, Montevideo has something to offer everyone. With a population of 1.5 million, Montevideo is the cosmopolitan capital city and cultural center of Uruguay. 

Located on the River Plate, Montevideo is one of the best natural parts in South America. Uruguay is the smallest Hispanic country in South America, bordered to the north by Brazil, to the west by Argentina, and to the south by the Río de la Plata. The country has nearly 500 kilometers of wide, sandy beaches along its east coast, giving way to the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo combines Latin American character with European atmosphere. The city has a population of 1.5 million. Home to the mate drink, cowboys called gauchos, the world’s longest Carnival and Candombe, a form of Afro-Uruguayan music, Montevideo boasts a rich cultural tradition. 

During your time abroad in Uruguay, you will have the opportunity to visit other South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Montevideo is in the heart of the Southern Cone of Latin America; most major cities are within a few hours travel time. Montevideo is a few hours from Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo. Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Punta del Este, a famous coastal resort, are only a short drive from Montevideo.

International Office Website: http://www.um.edu.uy/internacional/en/um-international/

Course Offerings (2013/14): password cursos2013 https://www3.um.edu.uy/Internacional/ 

Spanish for Foreigners Course Information: http://www.um.edu.uy/internacional/en/study-abroad/spanish-courses/ 

Important dates: Regular application deadline

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*          

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $160.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations $2000.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1400.00
Airfare $1275.00
Local Transportation $480.00
Other $350.00
Total $9594.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
*Program information is subject to change.