RECOGNITION OF EDUCATION
In this section you will find the step-by-step instructions for the study revalidation to enter or complete university studies. If you are interested in learning about the process of entering primary or secondary school, you can check here.
ADMISSION OF FOREIGN STUDENTS TO GRADUATE COURSES
Check here the main requirements of the universities for the entrance to degree courses (see information about the university offer here).
These are two possible scenarios:
Entering the first year: students who have completed their secondary education abroad.
Admission by revalidation of university studies abroad: students who have studied abroad can enter by applying for the revalidation of those courses and continuing their education in one of the universities.
If you are a foreigner, in order to start a degree course in any of the universities, you must first complete the validation process before the Uruguayan Council of Secondary Education. For this you will need:
a legalized certificate of studies or with the corresponding apostille, for those countries where the Hague Convention is in force. If the apostille does not apply in that country, the certificate of studies must be validated by the Uruguayan consulate;
for non-Spanish speaking countries, except Brazil, the certificates must be translated by a certified translator qualified in Uruguay;
as part of the validation process, the student must take an "Integration Course", in virtual mode, with components on National History, National Geography, and Social and Civic Education.
The revalidation process begins with the presentation of the required original documents and photocopies. After 10 working days, a certificate is issued to be presented at the selected university, along with other documentation that varies between the different institutions:
University of the Republic: secondary education accreditation certificate; proof of residence in Uruguay for no less than three years; having moved to Uruguay as a necessary consequence of the installation in the country of the applicant's direct family. However, the Central Board of Directors of the University may, by an absolute majority vote of its members, admit foreign students on an exceptional basis.
UTEC: secondary education accreditation process; residence in Uruguay for at least three years; transfer to Uruguay as a necessary consequence of the installation in the country of the applicant's direct family; or under special admission agreements entered into by UTEC within the framework of cooperation relations with foreign entities.
Private universities: the requirements are mainly administrative and documentary so there are no limitations for the admission of foreign students who must in all cases have the secondary education validation procedure done.
For graduate courses offered by different universities, you should contact directly the faculty or school that offers the course you want to take, since the entrance requirements vary from one to another, but it is recommended to have your degree validated in order to access academic credits.
REVALIDATION OF UNIVERSITY STUDIES CARRIED OUT ABROAD
It is possible to revalidate subjects from another university career taken abroad to give continuity to the studies in any of the Uruguayan universities.
The first suggestion is to contact the university and faculty where you want to continue your studies in order to learn about the specific procedure you are requesting (see information on universities here).
The general documents needed to process the revalidation of studies in the public university system are:
authenticate the documentation with the competent authority in the country of origin (where the agreement applies) and request an Apostille. This certificate is automatically recognized in Uruguay;
in countries where the Apostille does not apply, the current legalization procedures will continue to be applied: present the original valid document issued by the corresponding organization, without alterations or breakages and with the intervention of the Uruguayan Consul or Foreign Affairs Officer of the country of origin of the document. With the legalization carried out by the corresponding Uruguayan Consulate, the interested party must go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue with the legalization process;
once in Uruguay, with all the documents authenticated, the applicant must go directly to the selected University with the originals and a letter to the Dean/Director requesting the revalidation of the degree.
If the documents are not issued in Spanish, it will be necessary to have them translated by a certified translator in Uruguay.
In private universities, subjects can be revalidated for admission, as long as their number does not exceed two thirds of the total number of subjects that constitute the selected degree, in order to give continuity to the studies. For UTEC, the other public university, there is a "knowledge accreditation" mechanism, which is oriented to recognize the knowledge and skills that people may have developed during their lives, through different ways, outside the formal education and which are possible to associate with prerequisites of UTEC's careers. This procedure is not aimed at granting a degree to those who are evaluated on their knowledge, but rather it is oriented to enable access to continue studies at a certain academic level.
REVALIDATION OF UNIVERSITY DEGREES
Currently the revalidation of foreign degrees is the responsibility of the University of the Republic. The revalidation is done on the basis that there is a degree of reasonable equivalence at the University of the Republic and that the person has completed his career at the university of origin. In exceptional cases, an unfinished degree may be considered equivalent to a full degree in the country.
In the case of degrees that do not exist in the University of the Republic, and therefore a reasonable equivalence is not applicable, the University of the Republic grants what it calls "recognition" and when a reasonable equivalence is given, a revalidation is granted.
The term for the delivery of the procedures is about 120 days, and are carried out directly at the University of the Republic. The procedures involve the authentication of the documents in the country of origin or legalization in the corresponding Uruguayan consulate with subsequent legalization in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and the relevant translations if required. This procedure is similar to the one specified for continuing university studies in the country.
Private universities can validate studies carried out abroad only for educational purposes and to continue studies, but not for professional purposes.