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Universidad Catolica del Uruguay (UCU)
Montevideo, Uruguay (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay
Areas of Study: Business, Communications, Computer Science, Dietetics and Nutrition, Education, Engineering, History, Humanities, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Math/Statistics, Mathematics and Statistics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-graduate student, 6-other
Program Type: bilateral exchange, study abroad Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program: Exchange
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Colonial Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, sits on the north shore of the Río de la Plata, the estuary of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Uruguay from its southern neighbor, Argentina. The city has a rich architectural and cultural heritage and is a vibrant and eclectic city considered to be the hub of both commerce and higher education in Uruguay.

Universidad Católica del Uruguay (UCU) was the first private university in Uruguay and has a current enrollment of around 6,000 students. It boasts of a great faculty to student ratio and offers numerous extracurricular activities. The campus is about a 15-minute ride from the city center of Montevideo. UCU offers many options to students who want to study in the Spanish language, with classes offered in numerous disciplines including liberal arts, language arts, mathematics, science, engineering, business, education, and others. 

A list of the courses offered at UCU is available online, but can only be accessed after your admission to UCU as an exchange student. Students applying to this program should plan to meet with the appropriate academic advisors to help determine course selection and to seek the necessary course approval(s).

All students will be registered by the Study Abroad Office as full-time students during their semester abroad, which is 15 hours for undergraduate Mississippi residents receiving financial aid, 12 hours for undergraduate non-residents, and 9 hours for graduate students.  Undergraduate students must return with the equivalent of at least 12-15 hours of credit (depending on residency) on their host university transcript (9 hours for graduate students).  Students can take additional hours and are not limited to the minimum full-time requirement while abroad.  All courses are graded on an ABCDF scale.  There is no Pass/Fail.

Students have the option of living in student housing, or they can choose their own apartment. 

For the UCU exchange, students are responsible for paying: 
  • Current, full-time, UM tuition (including non-resident fees, if applicable)
  • UM Study Abroad fee (includes the cost for international health insurance)
  • Housing costs (details and payments are usually handled between the student and the host university)
  • Travel expenses, books and supplies, personal living costs, passport and visa fees (all the responsibility of the student)
Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.

Qualified students must first complete the online UM Study Abroad Application. Please note that upon submitting your application, a $100 application fee will be assessed to your UM Bursar Account. After acceptance by the UM Study Abroad Office, students will then be directed to complete the necessary application and to submit any additional required documents for the host university.

Students who withdraw or become ineligible after the application deadline will be responsible for a withdrawal fee. For more details, please refer to the Study Abroad Policies & Procedures page.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to study abroad and must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA.  Additional or more stringent requirements may apply depending on the program.

In general, financial aid will apply to UM study abroad programs. All students should review the study abroad information on the Financial Aid Office website.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss how aid packages apply to study abroad. Third-party scholarships may also be available for specific programs, so students should discuss study abroad early and often with the Study Abroad Office and the Financial Aid Office.

For current tuition costs, the Office of the Bursar provides a tuition estimator.

To study as an exchange student at UCU, a student must have completed at least four (4) semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent). A high level of Spanish language competency is very important.

Pre-term Intensive Spanish Program (optional, additional cost)
UCU offers an optional pre-term intensive Spanish language program that meets two weeks before the start of the regular term. This program does not provide academic credit.

The cost for the optional pre-term intensive Spanish language program comes with a fee, to be paid by the student directly to UCU. Any costs associated with participation in this optional program will not be billed through the University of Mississippi.

Important Information Regarding Language Proficiency
All classes at UCU are taught in Spanish. Upon arrival at UCU, all exchange students are given a language placement exam. If the score on this exam indicates lower Spanish language proficiency, the student will be restricted to a specific semester track that includes courses in the Spanish language, the history of Uruguay, Uruguayan literature, and community service. Students who score high enough to indicate sufficient Spanish language proficiency are eligible to enroll in standard courses offered by UCU along with Uruguayan students.

UCU International Students Homepage
UCU 2019 Fact Sheet.pdf

Call 662-915-1508 or email to schedule an appointment.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/09/2019 ** Rolling Admission 03/01/2020 07/31/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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