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