STUDY

EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM

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The Uruguayan education system is based on free, secular and free access to education for all citizens.

 
Uruguay was the first country in the world to implement one laptop per child through the Ceibal Plan, ensuring connectivity and content access for all children in the country's public system. 
Education is compulsory for 11 years (between 4 and 15) and is divided into at least four levels: Initial, Primary (six years), Secondary (six years) and Tertiary.

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Uruguay was the first country in the world to implement one laptop per child through the Ceibal Plan, ensuring connectivity and content access for all children in the country's public system. 
Education is compulsory for 11 years (between 4 and 15) and is divided into at least four levels: Initial, Primary (six years), Secondary (six years) and Tertiary.
 
Uruguay facilitates the processes of recognition and revalidation of studies achieved at all levels, both in the public and private systems. For specific consultations, you can access the Ministry of Education and Culture's Center for Advice to Migrants on Educational Issues, to receive assistance on how the entire educational system works, what it offers, and where the registration and revalidation processes take place.

PRE-SCHOOL 

 

The early childhood education covers the life cycle from birth to 3 years of age and in Uruguay it is not compulsory. 
The purpose is to stimulate the affective, social, motor and intellectual development of children, and it is compulsory between 4 and 5 years of age. There is a multiplicity of options at the public and private level.  
To enroll the children it is necessary to go to any education center, presenting any identity document of the child (ID card, birth certificate or passport) and the Health and Vaccination Card. 

 

PRIMARY EDUCATION

 

Primary education is a cycle of 6 grades that is organized in the modalities of common and special education and serves children from 6 years of age. In order to register the children you must go to the school of your choice with the identity card (Identity Card, birth certificate or passport) and the Health and Vaccination Card.


Access here to the public schools offer in the whole country, and here to the list of private schools in the whole country and the Montevideo School Network. 


In the following link you can access to the early childhood and primary education programs in force in the country: here.
 

SECONDARY EDUCATION

 

Secondary Education is organized in two levels: 

  • Middle School (1st to 3rd year), which is taught in the modalities of general education, Technological Education and Rural Basic Cycle (7th, 8th and 9th grade). 

  • High School (4th to 6th year), which has a greater degree of orientation or specialization and is taught in the modalities of General Education and Technical-Professional Education, oriented towards labor market insertion.

 

There is also a tertiary level educational option and professional training courses in different areas of labor activity, carried out at the Universidad del Trabajo de Uruguay.
To learn more about the system of secondary education revalidation, click here. In general terms, the following is required to start the process: 

  • Uruguayan identity card or MERCOSUR member country identity card or, failing that, a passport (original and copy).

  • Certificate of studies duly legalized and translated.

TERTIARY EDUCATION 


Tertiary Education has a significant diversity of educational options and is organized in three different levels: 

  • Non-University Tertiary Education, which deepens and broadens the training in some field of knowledge; 

  • Teacher education, which aims to train teachers, technical teachers, professors, physical education teachers and social educators;  

  • Tertiary University Education, which is aimed at the formation of degree, postgraduate and masters in different areas of knowledge. 

 

In the Council of Technical Professional Education (CETP/UTU) is concentrated the largest number of public tertiary education offers at the level of technical subjects. 

 

In all cases, for the validation of the studies, it will be necessary: degrees, certificates and certified notes with an apostille for use abroad. More information here.

Check here the current offer of university education in Uruguay

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