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ISEP Universidad Católica del Uruguay

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year


Montevideo, Uruguay




2.8/3.0 GPA, 6 semesters of college Spanish, junior standing preferred

Application Due:

Exchange: 1/30 for fall, academic year;
8/15 for spring
Direct: rolling through 10 days before deadline posted on ISEP webpage

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Through the University of Iowa’s membership in ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program, UI students have the opportunity to study for a semester or academic year at the Catholic University of Uruguay in Montevideo. Students on ISEP Exchange have access to the courses, services and activities of the host university as any local student. An ISEP coordinator facilitates housing arrangements and assists with registration. ISEP students enroll in classes from the regular curriculum for local degree-seeking students. This means adjusting to a new and different academic system and requires a fairly high level of proficiency in the foreign language. Planning for additional language study prior to the beginning of the ISEP session may be advisable.

Offerings in the following departments at Católica are favored by visiting international students: the department of sociology, psychology, the school of communication sciences, and the business school. ISEP students can combine courses from the regular curriculum with any of four special classes for foreign students in Uruguayan and Latin American history, select Uruguayan authors, Uruguayan culture, and advanced Spanish language.

A strong program in community service in the school of Human Sciences allows internationals to work alongside Uruguayan students in service to underprivileged neighborhoods around Montevideo. This program of community engagement celebrated its tenth anniversary in March 2012.

The program fee for study on ISEP Exchange is based on 12 s.h. of your regular UI tuition. ISEP Direct was developed as an affordable alternative at sites where spaces generated by outgoing Exchange students are not sufficient to accommodate the demand for incoming exchange. The ISEP Direct fee varies by host institution and local living. UI students earn transfer credit on the ISEP programs.

Program Dates

The university follows the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Fall semester runs early August to December. Spring semester runs early March to July. Students contemplating year-long study abroad are encouraged to consider beginning in spring for a calendar year running March - December.

For More Information

Visit the ISEP webpage here. Hover your cursor over the bar For U.S. Students. Go to Uruguay and click on the name of the university. Also be mindful of the section on Sites Available, which changes over time.
Once you have explored, proceed no further until you have met with the ISEP advisor in the UI Study Abroad office. Meet to discuss the ISEP process and receive instructions for application.

Montevideo sits on the north shore of the Río de la Plata (the River Plate), that arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Uruguay from its neighbor to the south, Argentina. A port town and the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo was mainly populated by European immigration. It was founded in 1726 as a counter to the Portuguese colony of Sacramento in the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the region. The architecture of the city reflects its history – from colonial to art deco and contemporary modern - and the influence of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and British immigrants. Its cultural heritage includes tango and candombe. Today it is also the capital of MERCOSUR, an economic and political treaty organization between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, that contributes to the effort at South American integration by facilitating free trade and the movement of goods, people, and currency among its members.

The Universidad Católica is a small private university with a good faculty to student ratio and numerous extracurricular activities. It is a 15 minute ride from the downtown area of Montevideo.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Travel Arrangements

Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive on campus by a designated date. Specific information will be provided in post-acceptance materials from ISEP. An Institutional Information Sheet will provide detailed information for travel, contacts in the international office, details about housing and other nuts and bolts.


2.8/3.0 GPA. Six semesters of college Spanish; junior standing preferred


The Program fee, collected by the University of Iowa, includes tuition, administrative fees, room and board.

The semester program fee on ISEP Exchange is based on 12 s.h. of your regular tuition plus an administrative fee of $425, and room and board in the Mayflower residence halls.

The ISEP Direct fee is posted on the website, and covers tuition, housing and meals; an additional UI administrative fee for the semester is approximately $980 for students classified resident, $2570 for nonresidents.

The Iowa Regents mandatory International Health Insurance is also collected on the U bill.

Additional expenses include air fare, ISEP insurance, visa fees, vaccinations as required, and personal expenses.

In general, financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad. Aid eligibility is adjusted to reflect the total cost of participating in the program. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for need- and merit-based scholarships awarded by the Study Abroad office. Complete information is available in the office.

How to Apply

Students submit their application to the ISEP adviser in the UI Study Abroad office. Please schedule an appointment to review placement options and to obtain a Supplementary Instructions for Application sheet.

Students should also discuss their plans with their academic adviser and other appropriate faculty.

Application Deadline

Exchange: The on-campus application deadline for fall or year is January 30. For best chances of placement on Exchange, students should have met with the ISEP adviser in December prior to the end of the semester. Deadline for spring semester placement is August 15. Students should have met with the ISEP adviser in May prior to the end of the semester or during the summer.

Deadlines for ISEP Direct vary by site and are posted on the ISEP webpage. On-campus deadline is 10 days earlier.

A Country Handbook at Placed Students on the ISEP webpage provides practical information and initial visa instructions.

Once confirmed by your host university, you will receive a Participant Placement Acceptance packet from ISEP covering all aspects of your placement. You will also later receive a welcome mailing from Católica with important academic and arrival information.

All UI students attend a general TIPS orientation for Students Studying Abroad. Additional individualized meetings address specific topics, as well as billing and credit procedures at Iowa.

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The University of Iowa
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Phone: (319) 335-0353
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