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ENG/BUS/ACES/EDU: Women in Business and Technology, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Universidad ORT Uruguay
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Universidad ORT Uruguay

Program Overview

The Women in Business and Technology and Education summer program at Universidad 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.
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General Study Abroad Information

The City of Montevideo
Located on the southern coast of the country, Montevideo-the capital of Uruguay, is home to more than half of the country’s population. Montevideo harmoniously combines modernity and tradition. Ancient architectural treasures such as el Cabildo, the Iglesia Matriz  and the Puerta de la Ciudadela, styles such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco and cutting-edge modern buildings such as the Torre de las Comunicaciones, give the city a unique identity.  The capital’s Rambla (waterfront promenade), providing access to over 30 km of coastline, is one of the main attributes of Montevideo and an unforgettable stroll for its inhabitants who frequently go there to drink ‘mate’ (South American style of tea) and go for long walks. In addition, the vast number of green spaces, parks and gardens also provide numerous outdoor options. Montevideo also has an extensive cultural scene. For example, its theatrical productions are remarkably extensive and varied, and include classic, modern and alternative shows
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Academic Environment
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.

Program requires a minimum of 14 students.
Note: As a study abroad participant through a University of Illinois approved program, once you are accepted, you will be required to go through a Course Approval Process, during which the courses you plan on taking abroad will be evaluated by a 299 Advisor for Illinois credit (that can then be used to fulfill major, minor, general education, or elective credit). Details about this process will be provided once you are accepted to a program.
All classes in this program will be taught in English.
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Onsite Support
Each exchange program offered through the College of Engineering utilizes an on-site coordinator.
International Student Office
The International Office at ORT will assist students once they arrive in Uruguay (including picking students up from the airport), and will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the program.

All students will stay in a double occupancy apartment (with another student participant) for the duration of the program.
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Credit will be given for courses taken abroad with prior approval of the student’s advisor and the IPENG office.  Credit earned abroad can be transferred to UIUC and used to satisfy curriculum requirements as approved.
UIUC College of Engineering students can earn the following credit by participating in the summer program in Uruguay:
  • 3 hrs. Non-Western and Liberal Education elective (Spanish Language & Uruguayan Culture)
  • 1 hr. Technical elective credit or Liberal Ed credit (Tech electives must be approved by the Chief Advisor of your department)
UIUC College of Business students can earn the following credit by participating in the summer program in Uruguay:
  • 3 hrs. Non-Western (Spanish Language & Uruguayan Culture)
  • 1 hr. Business elective
UIUC College of ACES students can earn the following credit by participating in the summer program in Uruguay:
  • 3 hrs. Non-Western (Spanish Language & Uruguayan Culture)
  • 1 hr. Open/Free elective
UIUC College of Education students can earn the following credit by participating in the summer program in Uruguay:
  • 3 hrs. Non-Western (Spanish Langauge & Uruguayan Culture)
  • 1 hr. Open/Free eletive
The credit can also be used toward the International Minor, but this program does not fulfill the residency requirement of the International Minor.


No previous Spanish language is necessary to participate in the Universidad ORT Uruguay Women in Business and Technology program.  Students must have completed the basic engineering requirements, show a strong commitment to academic achievement, and be in good standing with the College of Engineering. 
Eligible applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis of completion of all application materials in the pre-acceptance phase of the application.

Returned Study Abroad Student Reflections
Student Experiences
Engineering students returning from a program abroad (winterbreak, summer, semester or even academic year) write about their experiences to provide students a firsthand knowledge of their thoughts and activities while they were away.  Since this is a new program, there are no student experiences available but the following website will provide you both written and PowerPoint versions of experiences of students abroad – whether on an IPENG program or campus related program.  ( )
Contact former Study Abroad students
Having trouble deciding on a location? Unsure about what to pack, or which classes to take? Send an email to someone who has been there! Our returnees love talking about their time abroad, so send them an email!
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Additional Program Resources
Before You Leave
The “preparing to go”  section on our website provides you with information on what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure. ( )
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Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.
Summer Programs
Deadline: February 1st
How to Apply
Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page) to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $50 application fee by clicking Apply Now and logging in.
The Study Abroad Application which includes:
  • 2 Passport-type Photos
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Official Transcript - UMD students only
  • Online questionnaires
Once your application has been accepted, you will be notified by your study abroad advisor who will provide you with additional information, and any supplemental application or travel instructions that will need to be completed.
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Who Can Apply?
  • Engineering, Business, Education and ACES students who have met the basic eligibility requirements listed above may apply for this program.
  • Non-engineering and Non-Illinois students are not eligible for the International Engineering Fellowship.

    Contact Information
    International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
    1308 West Green St.
    210 Engineering Hall
    Urbana, IL 61801
    Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

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    Program Cost and Advance Fees
    For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships.
    All students should be aware that once they are accepted and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee.
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    Financial Aid and Scholarships
    Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package. 
    In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. Click here to learn more about our over $850,000 in scholarship opportunities. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. For more information, click 
    Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare.  Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship.  (’l+Engr.+Fellowship+(Travel) )  Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship.  Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.
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    Health, Safety, Pre-Departure
    Pre-Departure Activities
    All students are required to attend all Pre-Departure Activities the semester before their term abroad. The exact dates, times, and location will be given to students post-acceptance so that they can arrange for their attendance at the activity(ies). Topics such as Culture Shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. This is also a really great opportunity to talk about packing, meet other classmates on a program, and talk to returnees who have already been to the host country.  Check the IPENG Calendar for upcoming dates. 
    Health and Safety

    The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found on our website:
    Additionally, students are required to sign off on a Health and Safety Orientation , and are encouraged to read through the Safety and Security section of our website which includes topics from road safety and keeping your valuables and money safe, to nontraditional student identities while abroad.
  This link includes information on our 24-hour Emergency service, Health Matters, Insurance, and Safety and Security
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    Passport/Visa Information
    You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
    You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries. (

    Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation Policy
    To change to a different program during the application process, please visit this link (

    To withdraw from a program after committing to participation, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/01/2017
02/15/2017 05/15/2017 06/10/2017
Summer 2018 02/15/2018 02/15/2018 TBA TBA

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