Uruguay Summer Study Abroad Program

May-June, 2017


The Women in Business and Technology and Education summer program at University ORT Uruguay is a unique opportunity for women in Engineering, Business,  ACES and Education majors.  During this four week program, students will take an intensive Spanish Language and Culture course, participate in a Talk Series designed specifically for Women in Technology and Business, go on program related site visits, work with local high school students and participate in Workshops geared toward technology and business. 

Education students will study the Uruguayan Education system and visit local schools to interact with both teachers and students.  In addition to traveling and studying with STEM students, this program gives future teachers first hand experience in Latin American education culture and the opportunity to learn and practice conversational Spanish---valuable tools for future teachers.

All students will take 1 day trips to Colonia del Scaramento and a typical Uruguayan farm.  Students will also participate in a weekend trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a long weekend during the middle of the program.  With the exception of the ferry costs, the cost for this long weekend is built into the program fee.  This includes accommodations, at least 2 meals, transfers to/from ferry, and a guided tour in Buenos Aires.

Where you will study
Universidad ORT Uruguay is Uruguay’s largest private university with approximately 8,000 students. Universidad ORT Uruguay has five specialized schools and an Institute of Education, and offers 36 undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture, Engineering, Business, Economics, International Relations, Design, Communications and Education. Universidad ORT Uruguay offers quality education and training adapted to the local needs.  It is in the forefront of methodological innovation both for learning and for teaching as well as in its use of new technologies.
All Students will participate in:

  • Spanish Language and Uruguayan Culture
  • Design Thinking Workshop (Students will team up in multi-disciplinary groups with students from ORT to work through a project)

In addition to the above activities, students in Business, Engineering and ACES will also participate in the following:

  • Business & Technology Workshop Course
  • Engineering for High School Students (Demonstration type learning activity showing different approaches to learning about technology.  Students will be teaching high school students during this activity.)
  • Talk Series (3 focused discussions from top women leaders in Uruguay)

Students in Education will participate in the following activities along with the language/culture and design thinking activities:

  • Education Course
  • Visits and activities to local schools

The academic content for all students in the program will be reinforced by 3 program related site visits, and 2 one-day trips to Colonia del Sacramento and Puntas del Este. Students will also gain a good understanding of the community through a community activity center visit.

All classes in this program will be taught in English.

All students will stay in a double occupancy apartment (with another student participant) for the duration of the program.

The application period is now closed. Check back for future opportunities!**

Interested? Questions?

Please email Wei Liu at weiliu1@illinois.edu.