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Uruguay has 2 public universities with free access, 5 private universities and 10 private university institutes, achieving wide coverage at the country level and options in areas of knowledge for access to undergraduate, postgraduate and master's degrees. 

The QS World University Rankings, which classifies the best universities in the world every year, shows two Uruguayan centers among the top 500: the ORT University and the University of Montevideo (UM).

The Universidad de la República is a public institution of higher education and research in Uruguay that was founded in 1838 and currently represents 85% of the university enrollment in the country. 

It has more than 290 tertiary degree courses and more than 300 postgraduate, master's and doctoral offers, with a strong presence in the city of Montevideo and offices with specific training in 14 cities of the country. According to the credit system used by the University, 1 credit is equivalent to 15 hours of student work associated with courses or activities. 

The educational offer covers all areas of knowledge, more information about the educational offer here

The University of the Republic integrates several programs that make possible the mobility of students and teachers to and from other universities administered through the Udelar International Relations Service, which organizes and disseminates updated information on mobility, as well as calls for exchange scholarships.


UTEC is the Technological University of Uruguay focused on sustainable and inclusive development, innovation and applied research in the areas of Engineering and STEM.


Established in 2013, it is the second public university with free access in the country. It has three Regional Technological Institutes (RTIs) located in Fray Bentos, Durazno and Rivera, and branches in Paysandú, San José, Colonia and Mercedes.  

Currently, it has more than 20 educational offers in areas related to science, technology, mechatronics, agro-environment, dairy production and logistics, among others. According to the credit system used by the University, 1 credit is equivalent to 15 hours of student work associated with courses or activities. 

UTEC promotes opportunities for international visiting scholars, international exchange students, joint and double degrees, capacity building programs, international research networks and high level international events.

The Catholic University of Uruguay is the oldest private university in the country. It was founded in 1984 and is the main work of the Catholic Church in the field of Uruguayan higher education, with its headquarters in Montevideo and several cities around the country.

It currently has over 8,000 students and more than 30 undergraduate and over 40 graduate academic programs in the areas of arts and communication, business, social sciences, law, education, computer science, engineering, nursing, dentistry and health. This University applies the credit system based on the parameters of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), 1 credit for every 25 hours of student activity.


The University offers different options to study within the framework of an exchange program: bilateral agreements / AUSJAL; ISEP - International Student Exchange Program; CINDA student mobility program; and free mobility programs.

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Universidad de la Empresa is a private university that emerged in 1998, with the support of the Association of Marketing Managers (ADM) and the main business chambers in the country. 


It is based in Montevideo, Colonia and Punta del Este, and offers more than 20 undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of agricultural sciences, education, health, business sciences, law, design and communication, and engineering.  

The University has different options for international students: exchange students with universities with agreements; temporary stay for one semester by paying the registration fee; student travel for specific purposes.

Universidad de Montevideo is a private university that was founded in 1997, with a Christian identity inspired by the teachings of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, which has its headquarters in the city of Montevideo.


More than 2,500 students are enrolled in more than 20 undergraduate courses and a wide range of graduate courses in business, communication, law, humanities and education, engineering and biomedical sciences. According to the credit system used by this University, 1 credit is equivalent to 10 hours of student work associated with courses or activities.  

The University offers a wide range of international programs to meet the interests of every international student. Students can study abroad for a semester or a year, as independent students (free movers) or as exchange students, which is coordinated among the partner universities around the world. 

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ORT is a private university with more than 20 years of experience, and is a member of World ORT, an international educational network founded in 1880 by the Jewish community of St. Petersburg, Russia. 

More than 12,000 students annually pursue careers in five faculties and institutes in their offer of more than 70 professional degrees at the graduate, undergraduate and technical levels in architecture, engineering, biotechnology, management, economic sciences, international relations, design, animation, communication and education. 

ORT University Uruguay offers foreign students several modalities: undergraduate students who meet the admission requirements, exchange students with partner universities and independent students (free movers) who can study up to one academic year and choose from a wide range of courses and academic programs.


CLAEH University is a non-profit organization, with a vocation for public and regional good that has its origins in 1957, under the inspiration of the current of Economics and Humanism, promoted by the Breton Dominican priest Louis Joseph Lebret.


In 2017, after six decades of existence and being a university institute between 1997 and 2017, UCLAEH was recognized as a university by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay and currently has 3 branches in Montevideo, Punta del Este and Tacuarembó. 

It has three faculties with undergraduate careers and specializations in medicine, law and culture and an extensive academic proposal of technical and postgraduate degrees in areas such as local development, education and health management.   

CLAEH University allows foreign students various possibilities: undergraduate students who meet the admission requirements and exchange students with partner universities.


In Uruguay, the University Institutes are those institutions authorized by the Ministry of Education and Culture that develop university level programs in less than three disciplinary areas. The degrees they issue have the same value as a university institution, which is why there are no differences when it comes to qualification for the exercise of university professions.








All universities in the country have a full agenda of extracurricular activities that allow for sports, community, cultural and social activities. 
In fact, the University Sports League has a long history in the country and has more than 9 sports disciplines that are deeply rooted among students and university graduates. More info here.  

The initiatives with the community, known as "university extension", is also a highly developed practice by all universities, linking university knowledge with the needs of different communities, vulnerable populations or specific territories.  


All the universities carry out social activities to welcome new generations, foreigners, and for degree courses, which are an ideal excuse to generate social ties and fraternity. Additionally, there are student associations that lead different types of activities to fulfill the needs of academic and extra-curricular development. 

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