Universidad de Montevideo

Montevideo, Uruguay

The exchange agreement

The exchange agreement between the University of Lethbridge and the Universidad de Montevideo was signed in November 2009.

Semester dates

Fall semester
early August–mid November
Exam period: December
Orientation: early August
Suggested arrival: Last week of July
Course registration: beginning of July
Spring semester
early March–late June
Exam period: early July
Orientation:early March
Suggested arrival: Last week of February
Course registration: beginning of February

The country

Uruguay is the third smallest country in South America. It is home to some 3.5 million people, of whom 1.9 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area.

Uruguay was founded by the Portuguese in 1680 and won its independence in 1828 following a three-way struggle among Spain, Argentina and Brazil. The economy is largely based on agriculture and the state sector.

Uruguay is an inexpensive place in which to live and study. Safety and health standards and political stability are among the best in Latin America. It is one of the most economically developed countries in Latin America, with a high GDP per capita and the 47th highest quality of life in the world.

The landscape features mostly rolling plains and low hill ranges (cuchillas) with a fertile coastal lowland. Uruguay’s climate is temperate: it has warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters with variable weather. The predominantly gently undulating landscape is somewhat vulnerable to rapid changes from weather fronts. It receives the periodic influence of the polar air in winter, and tropical air from Brazil in summer. Without mountains to act as a barrier, the air masses freely move by the territory, causing abrupt weather changes.

For more information about Uruguay, see sites such as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uruguay.

The city

Located on the Río de la Plata, Montevideo (population 1.9 million) is lively and modern, yet more like a large town than a city. The Old Town, a small peninsula near the metropolitan port, offers many examples of the country’s colonial past. Montevideo has a lively night life, miles of sandy beaches and lots of beautiful parks. Not far from this modern and young capital city is an amazing landscape of hilly meadows and rivers. Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Punta del Este, a famous coastal resort, are only a short drive or bus ride from the capital.

For more information about Montevideo, visit: montevideo.gub.uy or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montevideo

About the university

The Universidad de Montevideo was founded in 1986. In 1995 the University started an undergraduate program in Business Administration, which was followed by degree programs in Economics, Humanities, Civil and Industrial Engineering, Public Accounting, Law, Communications and Information Technology.

The University is committed to academic excellence, research, technological innovation and social responsibility. Its main objective is to promote a culture of work and service through excellence in all academic activities, grounding its intellectual endeavors on man’s quest for truth. They maintain links with European and American Universities in order to enrich the quality of its academic programs, through bilateral co-operation agreements encouraging student and faculty exchange programs and advocating inter-institutional projects, publications and research.

For further information, please check their website.


Information about courses is forthcoming.


Exchange students going to Uruguay have the following housing choices:

  • Home-stay
    • Includes 3 meals a day, laundry service, bed, and bedding
    • A great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture and language
    • Cost: approx. US$350–550/month; needs to be agreed with the host family
  • Private off-campus apartments
    • Students not interested in a home-stay may find off-campus apartments using classified ads, but may need to pay slightly higher rent because they are not signing a long-term contract. Prices vary between US$350–450/month; needs to be agreed with the house owner.


Airlines operate out of the international airport in Montevideo. Local buses provide the cheapest and most efficient way of traveling within the city. Airport pick-up service is available and should be pre-arranged by the student with the Universidad de Montevideo International Student Office. (costs US$30)

Visa requirements

No visa is needed for Canadian Passport holders for stays up to 6 months.

For details about visas for foreign citizens, please contact the Consulate in Vancouver:

Honorary Consul: C. Scott M. Shepherd
833-595 Burrard St
Vancouver BC V7X 1C4
CanadaTel: 778.329.0433
Fax: 604.664.5838
E-mail: uruguay@northstar.ca

Office hours

This consulate has jurisdiction over Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Territory.


Based on estimates provided by the exchange institution for a one semester exchange the costs are approximately as follows:

  • Housing: C$400–$650/month
  • Textbooks: C$200
  • Food: C$400–450/month
  • Transportation: $125/month
  • Flight: C$1100–1800