Western Hemisphere - Country Commercial Guide
Uruguay Education

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-03-10

Capital:  Montevideo
Population:  3,387,605 (July 2020 est.)
GDP:  78.16 Billion USD (2017 est., Purchasing Power Parity)
Currency:  Uruguayan pesos (UYU)
Language:  Spanish

UNESCO Student Mobility Number:
Uruguay has 5,142 studying abroad according to UNESCO.

CIA World Factbook:
34.65% of the population in Uruguay is under 24 years of age.

The United States and Uruguay have a long history of building ties through educational and cultural exchanges.  The United States welcomed more than 83,000 visitors from Uruguay in 2018, and nearly 60,000 U.S. visitors traveled to Uruguay during the same time period.  While many of the Uruguayan visitors to the United States travel for tourism or business, more than 400 Uruguayan students are currently attending U.S. universities, which represents a -8 percent decrease from the previous academic year.

Uruguay experienced a -2.3 percent decrease in the number of undergraduate students going to the United States, and a -5.8 percent decrease in the number of graduate students. Many Uruguayans have dual citizenships and they usually leave the country with their second European citizenship (Spanish, Italian, etc.) which might explain the decrease in numbers.;

A great majority choose neighboring countries such as Argentina and Brazil; however, the United States is the first English-speaking country of choice, followed by the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.  See numbers below:
•    407 – United States
•    100 – United Kingdom
•    32 - Australia
•    30 - Canada

Overall, there were 407 students from Uruguay studying in the United States in the 2018/2019 academic year.  According to the 2019 Open Doors Report, the breakdown was as follows: 167 undergraduate, 178 graduate students, 22 other (language, short-term non-degree programs, etc.), and 40 OPT (Optional Practical Training).

Top fields of study/majors: Over 40 percent of the students choose Social Sciences or the Arts (Business and Economy, Law, International Relations, Education), over 30 percent choose fields in the Health sector (Psychology, Medicine, Veterinary), and around 20 percent choose fields in Technology (Engineering, Computer Science, Architecture and Design). 

The government of Uruguay has incorporated the teaching of English and technology into the public schools’ curriculum at all levels and has become a strong contributor to Fulbright academic programs, with Master’s and PhD scholarships in biotechnology, health, energy, agro-industry and food chain development, natural resources, and information and communication technologies.

•    EducationUSA: www.educationusa.state.gov
•    Fulbright Commission: https://fulbright.org.uy/
•    Smart Talent: https://www.smarttalent.uy/uruguay
•    Uruguay XXI: https://www.liveinuruguay.uy/universities

Roberto Gorter, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service – Montevideo, Uruguay
+5982 1770 2366