Ranked 57th in the United Nations Human Development Index, which put the country in the very high human development category, Uruguay is often referred to as the hidden gem of South America.
Ranked 1 in Latin America in Democracy (the Economist), Inclusive Development (WEF) and Low corruption perception (International Transparency), Uruguay is considered one of the most progressive countries in Latin America. Some recently passed laws that account for this are the anti-tobacco law and the legalization of state-controlled production and dispensing of marijuana. Moreover In 2008, Uruguay became the first country in Latin America to have a national civil union law, which protected both opposite-sex couples and same-sex couples, and in 2013 it became one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
With a literacy rate of 97.9 percent, Uruguay was the first country in the world to provide free laptops for every child and teacher attending public schools and has recently initiated a process to provide tablets to low-income senior citizens. Uruguay is ranked #10 in the world in percentage of homes connected by optical fiber.
Traditionally, Uruguay has only one public university, the University of the Republic founded in 1849. In 2015, a new public technological university, the UTEC, started offering undergraduate degrees in Dairy Production and Management, Renewable Energy, Information Technology and Mechatronics. UTEC is a university educational program aiming at the development of advanced human capital, applied research, technological development and innovation in order to strengthen the development of the different regions of the country. Undergraduate education at the University of the Republic and UTEC is free.
Uruguay has four private universities: Universidad Católica del Uruguay, Universidad ORT Uruguay, Universidad de Montevideo, and Universidad de la Empresa. There are other higher education institutions such as CLAEH, the Latin American Center for Human Economy and BIOS. While most university campuses are located in the capital city of Montevideo, UTEC campuses and a few university campuses are located in the provinces.
The academic year runs from March through December with a break in July. U.S. citizens traveling on a regular passport, for a visit of less than 90 days, do not need a visa. U.S. citizens traveling for a visit of more than 90 days need a visa.
U.S. scholars will find an open, accessible and welcoming educational environment, and the country’s small size will allow for interaction with a broad range of specialists beyond their host institution. The goal of the Fulbright Scholar Program in Uruguay is to ensure scholars have a highly valuable experience, both academically and culturally, promoting mutual understanding between our two countries.
To learn more about Uruguay as a destination, visit: https://www.turismo.gub.uy/ and https://www.uruguayxxi.gub.uy/en/information-center/article/country-presentation/
If you are interested in learning about the Impact of the Fulbright Scholar Program in Uruguay: https://fulbright.org.uy/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Informe-60-a%C3%B1os-Fulbright.pdf
If you have any questions please email Program Officer Patricia Vargas email@example.com
As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.