Why UM?

Welcome to the Universidad de Montevideo!

We are a leading Uruguayan institution offering students and scholars an unparalleled learning experience.

We bring together international and local faculty, staff and students in a close knit community. People are at the heart of our education, research and services following our mission and values.

Why study at UM?

Receive a high-quality education in a multicultural academic environment.
> Get access to experienced professors in a friendly community.
> Enhance your personal life and career with a value-based education.

Why teach and do research at UM?

> Teach local and international students in a renowned university.
> Share new teaching styles and methods.
> Apply scientific theory to solve global, regional, and local economic and social issues.

About Uruguay and Montevideomore

Uruguay is the smallest Hispanic country in South America, bordered to the north by Brazil, to the west by Argentina, and to the south by the Río de la Plata. The country has nearly 500 kilometers of wide, sandy beaches along its east coast, giving way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Uruguay is one of the most politically and economically stable countries in Latin America. It ranks first in South America in the Democracy Index 2012 of the Economist Intelligence Unit and has grown between 2005 and 2012 at an average annual rate of 6%. Main exports in 2012 include beef, soy, cereals, wood pulp and dairy products. Business services, computer and IT services have also become increasingly important exports. 


With a population of 1.5 million, Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital, largest city, and biggest port. It stretches nearly twenty kilometers east to west and has a wide variety of neighborhoods, each with their own unique character: Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), which still has remnants of colonial architecture, to beachside districts like Pocitos and Punta Carretas with a mix of smaller houses and modern high-rises.

Montevideo is lively and modern, characterized by its quality of life and the cultural level of its friendly and open residents. Uruguayan culture is unique since it is a fusion between significant European influence and local life in South America. International students and professors will be able to explore and discover traditions like candombe drum music, carnival (murgas), tango and mate drinking rituals.

Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Punta del Este, a famous coastal resort, are only a short drive or bus ride from the capital. Major cities in other South American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay are also within a few hours travel time. 

For more information about the country and its culture, please visit Uruguay Natural.