Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Montevideo

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Fought over by Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay gained its independence in the early nineteenth century. For most of its history, it has been a major cattle-raising country and, like Argentina, celebrates its gaucho heritage. During the first half of... read more

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I gained a sense of independence, a better world perspective, and a lot of good memories. It was definitely worthwhile, and I want to go back. - Amherst College View Entire Review
September 17, 2018 Small City Living
it was worthwhile, gained independence skills and language skills - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 27, 2018 Todo Tranquil
How to live in a new culture and create bonds in a foreign language. It was definitely worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was most definitely worthwhile. I improved so much with my Spanish language skills and I learned so much about another culture and people and got to live with an amazing family who helped me to integrate into life in Uruguay. - Bates College View Entire Review
I think I gained a pretty thick skin, knowledge of Spanish, knowledge of Rioplatense culture, among other things. Worthwhile, overall. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 16, 2017 Full Of Unexpectedness
The most valuable thing I learned from this semester is that education is not only for young people. This might sound naive but I had never met anyone who took classes while working before this semester and it was great to be in the same classes as those who've already had work experiences. They had a lot to offer in the class l... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
From my experience abroad I learned a great deal about living abroad in a completely new country speaking a different language. I learned how to navigate social situations in a different way and through my academics learned about other forms of teaching and content. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Language skills, learning about the culture, traveling. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes. As I said, it was a great immersion experience, and I really was living on my own and starting from scratch in many ways (although the program had good resources to fall back on). I got the chance to study things I normally wouldn't in a more culturally relevant context. - Tufts University View Entire Review
The biggest thing I gained was fluency, I can quite confidently now describe myself as bilingual. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained new skill sets, friends, and confidence in my language abilities. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 13, 2018 Full Of Growth!
Yes, it was definitely a worthwhile experience. I think most of all it's just learning to be okay in uncomfortable situations, and perhaps even more than that, expanding the scope of my comfortability so that I'm more comfortable in situations in the future than I would be if I never pushed myself out of my original comfort zone... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I grew substantially in my Spanish abilities and my confidence using them. I also came to better understand aspects of myself as a person and how I react to some types of difficult situations. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 22, 2017 Ok.
N.A - Middlebury College View Entire Review
it was very worthwhile. i became really immersed - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Greatly improved my Spanish. Learned to navigate the world by myself. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It just enhanced my understanding of myself and relationship with myself.I feel like a much stronger person. - Tulane University View Entire Review

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Fought over by Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay gained its independence in the early nineteenth century. For most of its history, it has been a major cattle-raising country and, like Argentina, celebrates its gaucho heritage. During the first half of the twentieth century, Uruguay was the most stable nation in South America, with strong social welfare programs and a relatively egalitarian social structure that made it known as "The Switzerland of South America." However, changes in world trade patterns led Uruguay into economic and political decline, produced the famous Tupamaros movement, and resulted as elsewhere in military rule. Democratic government was restored in 1985, and the rich heritage of egalitarian and social welfare policies continues to be felt.

Nearly half of Uruguay's three million inhabitants call Montevideo home. Located on Uruguay's southern coastline and separated from its more famous western neighbor in Argentina by the estuary of the world's widest river, the Rio de la Plata, Montevideo is a different world from Buenos Aires.

While it, too, is a cosmopolitan city, also of primarily Spanish and Italian heritage, there is also a significant African influence. Smaller, calmer, and less expensive than Buenos Aires, Montevideo nonetheless boasts the usual cultural and entertainment facilities of a major city: including historical monuments, museums, theaters, cinemas, a varied and fascinating, if somewhat under-maintained architecture, the famous Avenida 18 de Julio, as well as stunning beaches, and a unique and lively nightlife. With very few American students, this capital city is an ideal location for immersion into a strong and proud culture and language.

While in Montevideo, students enroll directly alongside their Uruguayan peers at one of Middlebury's three host institutions: the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, the Universidad de la República, or the Universidad ORT.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • History
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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