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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay, Student housing
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
College: College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

Study in Uruguay!


The Universidad ORT is an international non-denominational university. It is the first and largest private university in Uruguay. The USAC program resides on ORT’s Pocitos campus. The suburb of Pocitos is a middle class neighborhood; know to locals to be safer than other parts of the city. The campus itself is newer, modern, green, and quite nice. Students will have access to a gymnasium just behind the campus, and there are many general stores and cafeterias in the area.


Known as "The Switzerland of South America” for its peaceful culture, Uruguay is nestled between South America’s two titans, Argentina and Brazil. The capital, Montevideo, is quickly becoming a travel destination for its thriving cultural scene including rich architecture, sandy beaches, plazas, shops, museums, and restaurants. Known as one of the “coolest” and “most chilled-out” cities, Montevideo reflects the casual attitude that Uruguayans take towards life. Its location makes it convenient to travel to nearby regions such as Buenos Aires and Brazil, and provides a variety of opportunities for day trips around the country.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Mid August to Mid December
  • Spring Semester: Late January to Mid May
  • Summer Semester: Late May to Early July
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the USAC Montevideo webpage.


Students on the Uruguay program have the option of living in a homestay with 2 meals a day or in a nearby residence hall. Host families will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. This option is recommend if your priority is to learn the language as quickly as possible. 


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester Summer
1USAC Tuition See USAC See USAC
1USAC Housing See USAC See USAC
2OIED Program Development Fee $200 $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60 $60
1Tuition and housing are charged at the USAC rate.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Summer
Airfare $1400 - $2200  $1400 - $2200
USAC Application Fee $100 $100
1USAC Confirmation Deposit $500 $500
2Meals $500 - $1500 $300 - $700
3Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $300 - $500
Books and Materials $80 - $120 $75 - $112
Local Transportation $300 $75
Visa (for US Citizens) $148 NA
Passport $150 $150
4US Based Health Insurance Varies  
5Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1500 $300 - $700
1Students are responsible for submitting a $500 non-refundable confirmation deposit to USAC after acceptance.
2Students selecting the homestay option should budget on the lower end for meals.
3Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.  
4Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


USAC Scholarships
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Students will enroll in 12-18 credits per semester comprised of Spanish language study plus electives in Latin American studies, agribusiness, business, viticulture, and gender studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking an intensive Spanish course, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. After the intensive period, students have the option to continue their language studies at the next level for the duration of the semester. 

Students will enroll in 3-6 credits during the 5 week summer term.  Students can select from Spanish language and/or English-taught electives (offerings have included Health, Sociology, Women's Studies, LGBT Studies, and Business). 

For more information about course options please visit the USAC Montevideo webpage.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Montevideo program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits during the semester and 3-6 credits during the summer. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 04/15/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.