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Uruguay, Montevideo (ISEP-Direct)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Program Terms: Calendar Year (SH),
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.75 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Year in School: May apply as sophomore; must have at least junior standing by program begin Academic Pre-requisites: Must successfully complete Spanish 301 prior to departure
Coordinator: Cheryl Lochner-Wright Experiential Education: Volunteer/Service Learning
Program Description:


Founded in 1954, the Universidad Católica del Uruguay (UCU) enrolls 4,500 students in a wide range of subjects, including business, communications, education and sociology. The campus is located about a 15-minute bus ride from downtown Montevideo. 

Student facilities include a library, counseling center, student advisory services, a recently renovated radio studio, a photo lab, computer labs, and membership in the Iberoamericana Educational Television Network. Students also have access to a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

The Montevideo, Uruguay program is run through ISEP - the world's largest network of universities cooperating to provide international education experiences for their students. UW-Eau Claire is an ISEP Affiliate member, which gives our students access to ISEP-Direct options.

ISEP Directory Page for UCU

Montevideo (population 1.5 million) is the capital of Uruguay. A port city, Montevideo combines a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco styles, and is surrounded by white sandy beaches. It is also the center of MERCOSUR, South America's free trade zone.

Charming colonial towns, beautiful beaches, hot springs, and cattle towns on the Argentine border are just a few of the things Uruguay has to offer. Its year-round mild climate, safe cities, good quality of life, and long-standing tradition of democracy make it an excellent site to experience the rich diversity and history of South America.


Program participants live with a host family, which offers an excellent opportunity to learn about family life in Uruguay, meet locals, and practice Spanish on a daily basis.

Accommodations are arranged with carefully selected host families. Host families provide three meals a day.

Past participants report that the informal learning with their family was as important as their classwork to their academic experience. In the words of a past student, "I was so glad to live with a host family rather than in a hotel or dorm. It was a great cultural experience."

Students will take a combination of regular coursework, choosing from classes in business, communication sciences, sociology, psychology, and computer science, and courses specifically designed for international students. To learn more about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Uruguay.

Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2015Spring 2016


  • Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
  • Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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  • View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.



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Students in Uruguay often meet friends through getting involved on campus and with their host families. An exciting opportunity to get involved is the Servicios Comunitarios course, were you volunteer in the community. While doing so you are able to practice your Spanish and help others while doing it! There are not any university-sponsored sports/intramurals, but UCU does have short, eight week after-school courses such as samba and photography.

"My study abroad experience in Montevideo gave me an opportunity to learn in a much more hands-on, interactive way and acquire a new found global outlook and perspective. I found friends, culture and experiences that I could not have found anywhere else." 
-Rachel, Spring 2013 participant

"The learning environment is unlike anything I had experienced. Classes may have ended but the learning continued 24hrs a day. Immersion truly developed my Spanish and I grew a great deal from this trip."
-Spring 2014 participant

"Traveling to Uruguay was one of the best decisions I've made! Uruguayans are so friendly and helpful, you can't help but feel welcome. I'm going to miss the little customs that make Uruguay unique, from drinking mate with friends on the rambla to long 'sobremesa' chats after a dinner of milanesa or empanadas."
-Meredith, Spring 2014 participant

The best way to think of an ISEP-Direct experience is to imagine that you are going to study at a university abroad, just as international students come to study in the U.S. If you are independent, flexible, and adventurous, ISEP-Direct programs are a good choice for you. Here's why:

Communication with your host university may take longer. You will need to be flexible and willing to live with a fair amount of ambiguity as your prepare to go abroad. For example, you will most likely not know exactly how your classes from your ISEP host university will transfer to UW-Eau Claire until after you actually register for classes.

You may be the only UW-Eau Claire student going to a particular ISEP-Direct site. However, you may also be one of a large number of international students at your site, and you may need to ask many questions to find your way around at first.

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 08/14/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year (SH) 2016 08/14/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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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