|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Uruguayan Peso or UYU (Big Mac: 89 UYU ($4 or €3.1)|
|Time zone||Winter time: GMT -3 / Summer time: GMT -2|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people||1,09 Doctors and 2,4 beds per 1000 people|
|Member of IFMSA since...||2014|
|Number of incoming students per year||10|
|Who are our NEO 2014 (Head of SCOPE)||Lucía Laborda|
|Who are our NORE 2014 (Head of SCORE)||Ignacio Jabib|
|Our official website / Forum / Facebook group||IFMSA-Uruguay webpage (in Spanish)|
- 1 Welcome Note
- 2 Overview
- 3 Our medical education
- 4 Local transportation
- 5 National transportation (between cities)
- 6 Weather
- 7 Cultural differences
- 8 Accommodation & Boarding
- 9 Social program!
- 10 Social life
- 11 Tourist destinations in Uruguay
- 12 Cities for Professional Exchange
- 13 Exchange Conditions
- 14 Uruguayan slangs
Hello future exchange student!!! We are more than pleased to welcome you in Uruguay. Here we have a structured Organization that will help you althrought your exchange period. The clerkships are very well organized with really great tutors and we have an extremely good "Social Program" (that's what really sets us apart), so you better be ready for your BEST month abroad.
Uruguay is a country in South America. It has a South Atlantic Ocean coastline and lies between Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north. It is the second-smallest country in South America (after Suriname). The name Uruguay means river of the colorful birds. It is a word in Guarani that was spoken by the natives of the area. Often called the Switzerland of South America not for geographical features but for a stable democracy and social benefits such as free education. In 2002 Uruguay faced one of its biggest economic crises which had very negative effects on crime. Although economic activity by 2008 had returned to pre-crisis levels, crime remains relatively high compared to historical levels, but is still low by South American standards. Long a desired country for immigration, Uruguay has been suffering from high levels of emigration for almost four decades, mainly of highly trained workers and people with high-level studies ("brain drain") seeking better opportunities abroad. Uruguay has a rich agricultural and civic history among its indigenous people. The dominant pre-20th century live stock driving techniques are still utilized in the country, and are less visited tourist attractions than the pleasant beaches and city centers. The country has a mostly low-lying landscape. Cerro Catedral, the country's highest point, is 514 m high.
Uruguay is part of the Southern Cone of South America along with Argentina and Chile. High life expectancy, the highest Human Development Index of Latin America, high standard of living, significant participation in the global markets and the emerging economy of its members make the Southern Cone the most prosperous macro-region in South America.
Our medical education
Uruguay has an extensive internal bus system. Non-local / departmental buses leave from the Tres Cruces station which also serves the international buses. The buses are frequent, safe, comfortable and many companies serve the same routes.
National transportation (between cities)
There are many buses running from the Brazilian cities of Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The country features extensive bus networks and there are many services that run from Montevideo to different cities across the country. Terminal Tres Cruces, Agencia Central and Terminal Ciudad Vieja are the three main hubs. Travel by bus is very safe. International bus service is available to Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, (Brazil), most of the Argentinian Provinces (Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Entre Rios), Asuncion (Paraguay) and Santiago de Chile (Chile). The service is catered and buses have an outstanding level of service, much better than the average European or North American service.
The country's largest airport and primary hub is Carrasco International Airport in the suburb of that name east of Montevideo. Carrasco is a relatively small airport and most travelers from around the world will have to connect at least once or twice to get there. Pluna, the old national airline, closed down in 2012. Iberia has connecting flights from São Paulo, Asunción, Santiago de Chile and Madrid. There are other companies that also have flights to Montevideo. American Airlines has a non-stop flight from Miami to Montevideo. The flight runs four times a week and runs all year round; the other three days it connects via Buenos Aires. Many long-haul flights to Montevideo stop in Buenos Aires, Santiago, or São Paulo before going on. LAN connects to Australia and New Zealand via Chile. Since 2011, Copa Airlines has offered daily flights between its hub in Panama City, Panama and Montevideo.
Uruguay is a socially progressive country. Women got the vote in Uruguay 12 years before France. Uruguay is a secular state unlike Argentina, Chile or Paraguay; the Uruguayan state has not supported any religion since 1917. The population is mainly Catholic, but not very practicing. Uruguay is not particularly open to its gay and lesbian communities in comparison to Brazil. There are a few gay and lesbian bars in Montevideo and in Punta del Este, but outside those two cities there is no public "queer" community. The only public monument to sexual diversity is in Ciudad Vieja (the old city). However, it was the first Latin American country to pass a civil union law and is considered to be safe and welcoming to gay and lesbian visitors. Gay marriage is fully legal in Uruguay. Even in rural areas gay travelers and expats experience little overt discrimination. The similarly sounding country Paraguay has very little in common with Uruguay.
Accommodation & Boarding
Tourist destinations in Uruguay
- Chuy - Right on the border with Brazil
- Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento) - a well preserved old colonial town and UNESCO World Heritage Site
- La Paloma
- Punta del Este