Study in Uruguay
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While in Uruguay, you will live with a carefully selected host family and attend a local high school. When you study in Uruguay for a year, you’re sure to make lifelong friends!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Spring Year Late January Mid-January $15,595
2025 Fall Year Early August Early July $15,595
  • Placement with a host family
  • Spanish course
  • Enrollment in a local Uruguayan high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Uruguay Area Representative while on the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

As a student, you will choose a track of study such as biology, science, humanities, or liberal arts. Courses within the tracks are generally compulsory. School placement in a private school is possible, and students may be required to wear a uniform. The expectations of students are high, so it will be very important for students to take their studies seriously.

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

To kick off the program, students attend an intensive Spanish language course, from which they receive a certificate of completion from YFU and a final grade. Year students participate in a mid-year orientation, and all students will participate in a three-day re-entry orientation to reflect on their experiences and prepare for reverse culture shock.

Uruguayan schools rarely offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to get involved in their communities by joining local clubs, teams, art institutes, and other activities in their towns.

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay at an additional cost. More information about all of these optional cultural expeditions will be offered at the arrival orientation in Uruguay.

October: A weekend visit to Crows’ Creek to enjoy nature and bird watching in the park, with organized recreational activities.

November: A 3-day weekend to the hot springs in Salto, with organized recreational activities and stays in cabins.

December: A 6-day YFU summer camp in La Paloma, visiting seaside nature resorts, touring a castle and lighthouse, and enjoying the spectacular beaches.

February: A 6-day trip to Iguaçu Falls, one of the world’s wonders on the border with Argentina and Brazil. Participate in eco-adventure activities like rappelling, hiking, bird-watching, and canoeing, or experience a dinner show and attend a festival.

February: A 6-day trip to Córdoba Highlands with an outdoor adventure camp and activities.

May: A 5-day trip to Colonia and Buenos Aires, with guided city tours, museum visits, and historical sightseeing. Take a ferry between the two cities and stay in a hotel.

  • 2025 Fall Departure: Students born March 31, 2007 – July 30, 2010.
  • 2025 Spring Departure: Students born December 30, 2006 – December 31, 2009.
  • Students who do not meet the age requirements or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Spanish. Previous language study is not required. All students will attend an intensive 2-week language course after arrival in Montevideo. With 80 hours of language training, this is especially helpful for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. All students will take a Spanish as a Second Language course, consisting of up to 40 hours of lessons throughout the exchange experience, included in the program tuition. Students will be placed at an appropriate level based on a language test before arrival. At the end of the program, students can take a final exam in Spanish designed by a certified language academy.

Exchange students may be placed throughout Uruguay in small cities, medium-sized cities, and the countryside, with occasional placements in metropolitan areas. Family life is very important in Uruguay!

While in Uruguay, you will live with a carefully selected host family and attend a local high school. When you study in Uruguay for a semester, you’re sure to make lifelong friends!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Spring Semester Late January Early July $14,595
2025 Fall Semester Early August Late January $14,595
  • Placement with a host family
  • Spanish course
  • Enrollment in a local Uruguayan high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Uruguay Area Representative while on the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

As a student, you will choose a track of study such as biology, science, humanities, or liberal arts. Courses within the tracks are generally compulsory. School placement in a private school is possible, and students may be required to wear a uniform. The expectations of students are high, so it will be very important for students to take their studies seriously.

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (Spring departure). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

*Due to COVID-19, the 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation described above may take place online, dependent upon recommended guidelines at the time of the event. YFU will continue to assess the situation as it develops.

To kick off the program, students attend an intensive Spanish language course, from which they receive a certificate of completion from YFU and a final grade. Students will also participate in a three-day re-entry orientation to reflect on their experiences and prepare for reverse culture shock.

Uruguayan schools rarely offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to get involved in their communities by joining local clubs, teams, art institutes, and other activities in their towns.

Fall Semester program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay at an additional cost. More information about all of these optional cultural expeditions will be offered at the arrival orientation in Uruguay.

October: A weekend visit to Crows’ Creek to enjoy nature and bird watching in the park, with organized recreational activities.

November: A 3-day weekend to the hot springs in Salto, with organized recreational activities and stays in cabins.

December: A 6-day YFU summer camp in La Paloma, visiting seaside nature resorts, touring a castle and lighthouse, and enjoying the spectacular beaches.

Spring Semester program students will also usually have the option of participating in a number of educational trips and excursions during their stay at an additional cost. More information about all of these optional cultural expeditions will be offered at a later time.

February: A 6-day trip to Iguaçu Falls, one of the world’s wonders on the border with Argentina and Brazil. Participate in eco-adventure activities like rappelling, hiking, bird-watching, and canoeing, or experience a dinner show and attend a festival.

February: A 6-day trip to Córdoba Highlands with an outdoor adventure camp and activities.

May: A 5-day trip to Colonia and Buenos Aires, with guided city tours, museum visits, and historical sightseeing. Take a ferry between the two cities and stay in a hotel.

  • 2025 Fall Departure: Students born March 31, 2007 – July 30, 2010.
  • 2025 Spring Departure: Students born December 30, 2006 – December 31, 2009.
  • Students who do not meet the age requirements or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Spanish. Previous language study is not required. All students will attend an intensive 2-week language course after arrival in Montevideo. With 80 hours of language training, this is especially helpful for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. All students will take a Spanish as a Second Language course, consisting of up to 40 hours of lessons throughout the exchange experience, included in the program tuition. Students will be placed at an appropriate level based on a language test before arrival. At the end of the program, students can take a final exam in Spanish designed by a certified language academy.

Exchange students may be placed throughout Uruguay in small cities, medium-sized cities, and the countryside, with occasional placements in metropolitan areas. Family life is very important in Uruguay!

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2025 Summer Late June Early August TBD
  • Placement with a host family
  • 5-weeks of Spanish language courses
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Uruguay Area Representative while on the program
  • Comprehensive insurance

On this summer program (which is winter in Uruguay), students live with a local volunteer host family in metropolitan Montevideo and immerse themselves in Uruguay’s unique culture. After a 2-day arrival orientation, students are enrolled in a Spanish language course according to their level at Academia Uruguay for 5 weeks. During the final week, students will get a chance to put their Spanish to the test by visiting a local high school in Montevideo. YFU Uruguay also organizes optional cultural activities for an additional fee that includes visiting a traditional ranch, attending carnivals and football matches, and experiencing all that Uruguayan culture has to offer!

  • 2025 Summer Departure: Students must have a birthdate between March 31, 2007, and July 30, 2010.
  • Students who do not meet the age requirements or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Spanish. Previous language study is not required. Summer Program students will attend a 5 week Spanish as a second language course with 100 hours of class and have the option to receive a certificate. Year and Semester Program students will take an 80-hour intensive Spanish course for 2 weeks after they arrive in Montevideo and up to 40 hours of lessons during their program. All students are placed with host families who speak Spanish, though families in the north may also speak Portuñol.

Summer Program students will be placed with families in the greater Montevideo area.

Study Abroad Participants
What to Expect

¡Bienvenido! Experience the enchanting beauty of this South American country where you’ll meet new people, adventure to beautiful land, understand a rich culture, and learn about remarkable artistic traditions.

Uruguayan families live simple, orderly, and uncluttered lives. As in most Latin American countries, families in Uruguay tend to have close-knit relationships. Apart from experiencing the Uruguayan family life, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy the country’s delicious cuisine. Appetizers and snacks consist of pascualinas (spinach pies), media lunas mixtas (croissants with cheese and ham), and húngaros (spicy sausages).

It is also globally acknowledged that the education in Uruguay is of high quality, with excellent schools and well-trained teachers. However, rest assured that in addition to school, you will have the chance to participate in a variety of exciting activities with your new friends, such as fútbol (soccer), volleyball, basketball, and swimming. If sports aren’t your thing, you can go to interesting cultural events such as the ‘Festival of the Tango Culture’ and the ‘Uruguay International Film Festival’. Regardless of what Uruguayan activity you choose, you’re bound to be immersed and captivated by the country’s unique and enthralling traditions!

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, need-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Uruguay:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
WEH Foundation Scholarship
YFU Americas Scholarship
Karla Topolka Scholarship Fund
Passport to Equity
Culture Connect Scholarship

Applications for Spring/Winter programs must be submitted by October 15 for review. Summer and Fall departure program applications are due by April 15.

Visa Information
Information regarding residence permits, visas, and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. Note: Optional trips to Argentina will also require a visa.

Additional Costs
Program tuition does not include personal spending money or funds for textbooks, uniforms, extracurricular activities, or transportation to and from school.

Uruguay offers picturesque scenery of beaches, dunes, and large lagoons. Experience the intimate beauty of Uruguay, where the people are warm and the land is welcoming. You’ll enjoy getting to know the people of this small but unique country!

Have questions or want to learn more about YFU Study Abroad Programs?

My gap year to Uruguay was the greatest time of my life and it motivated me to return to study at the university level. I think that other students have the opportunity to experience what I did if they enter an exchange program with the right mindset. Attitude is everything on any type of exchange; it can be a positive adventure from day one if you have the right intention.

-Julian