Academia Uruguay is located in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, and offers exclusively Spanish courses for foreign students. The academy runs individual and group courses for all skill levels, from beginners to advanced and also organizes courses for Spanish teachers. The school is located in the center of the historic district of Montevideo, on central Plaza Matriz, right next to the main sights and attractions of the city and with excellent public transport to all other parts of town. It occupies the top floor of a completely refurbished historic building, with access to a rooftop terrace with great views over the old part of town.
Academia Uruguay and Academia Buenos Aires are partner schools under the same management and offer you the possibility to continue your courses on the other side of the Rio de la Plata. The course levels and materials are the same and so is the cost. Simply switch from one to the other every Monday.
One of the most interesting, enriching and effective ways of getting to know a different country and its culture is by spending one or two semesters studying at a local university. That is why Academia Buenos Aires and Academia Uruguay have teamed up with a series of prestigious Argentinean and Uruguayan universities to offer a unique "study abroad" program with the possibility of combining both destinations.
Our program is based upon the following transparent principles:
* we only work with the best universities of each country
* while we serve as the students' point of reference, they build their own programs
* students pay only for what they need: components can be booked separately
These are the building blocks of our program and students choose among them:
A. Basic package (2,000-6,000 USD per semester) including:
- pre-departure pack
- airport pickup, local orientation
- guidance and 24 hour hotline during the entire stay
- free visa guidance, administrative guidance, etc.
- 2 weeks of intensive Spanish courses especially designed for exchange students
- 1 semester at a local university and academic credit
- free extracurricular activities, at least 2 per week, during the entire stay
- free volunteer placement
- free student insurance for 6 months
category 1. Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo
category 2. Universidad de Buenos Aires or
Universidad del Congreso, Mendoza
category 3. Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires or
Universidad Catolica, Montevideo or
Universidad ORT, Montevideo or
Instituto Universitario ACJ-YMCA
category 4. Universidad de Montevideo
B. Housing package (single rooms):
- shared housing: 840 USD per month
- family stay with breakfast and dinner: 1100 USD per month
C. Additional Spanish courses: students can add as many weeks of additional Spanish courses as they like, or as required, before or during the university program
Price: 235 USD per week (group)
29 USD per hour one-on-one
D. Weekend trips: the academies organize trips for all students to attractive destinations such as Mendoza, Iguazu, Punta del Este, Patagonia.
Universities currently included in the program:
- Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Universidad del Congreso, Mendoza, Argentina
- Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay
- Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay
- Universidad Catolica, Montevideo, Uruguay
- Universidad ORT, Montevideo, Uruguay
- Universidad ACJ-YMCA, Montevideo, Uruguay
Spring term: February July
Fall term: August December
(in some cases, later deadlines apply, please consult)
Spring term: October 15
Fall term: April 15
Universities in Uruguay and in Mendoza, Argentina: students enter on a tourist visa (issued at the airport upon arrival, free) for three months and extend this visa locally for another three months.
Universities in Buenos Aires: students enter on a tourist visa and are then accompanied to the immigration offices by university staff to get a student visa. This requires a legalized and translated copy of a valid passport and a legalized and translated birth certificate.
All universities require an intermediate level of Spanish. Concrete requirements depend upon which universities students choose. In some cases a test is taken, in others a certificate by the Academias is sufficient. Students with a lower intermediate level should consider taking additional Spanish classes at Academia before the term begins.
Students should be in good standing and be able to provide proof of inscription a their home university, a transcript, and in some cases proof that courses taken abroad will be recognized as credits when the students returns home.
Different universities have different styles of teaching and so students should ask Academia personnel in every case about the workload at each university. In most cases, students are recommended to take between 3 and 5 courses during one semester / term. The amount of contact hours depends on each course, but ranges between 30 and 80.