A Gringo Abroad

Before I acquaint you with La Universidad de Montevideo, perhaps it’s wiser to get our bearings of where the university is located.

Montevideo is the capital city of Uruguay- a country tucked in neatly between Brazil and Argentina. It has a modest population of 3.4 million people, giving it bragging rights of being the smallest nation in Latin America

It’s that country that you know exists, but can’t really figure out why or how you’ve heard of it. So, WHY have you heard of Uruguay?

Was it?

  •  John Aloisi’s famous match-winning
    penalty to qualify for the World Cup in 2005.
  •  Ex-president Jose Mujica (2010-2015), who was labelled the
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    The poorest president in the world

    ‘poorest president’ in the world after donating 90% of his salary to charity.

  •  That quality steak that you chucked on the barbie was in fact imported from Uruguay (Country has 1:4 people-cows ratio).
  •  Luis Suarez (football player) biting his opponents.

While the beaches aren’t as crystal clear as Bondi, or the streets as vibrant as Newtown- it won’t be long before you call Uruguay home.

The people…. The people are what makes this country special. They are extremely hospitable and friendly. They embrace foreigners and actively go out of their way to help you. With progressive political and social systems, the country is known as ‘the Switzerland of Latin America’.

They have a strong cultural identity that tolerates diversity, encourages family connection, and ultimately to enjoy the simplicity of life. They do not possess materialistic or superficial values- life for Uruguayans is about cultivating strong human relationships.

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The novelty factor

This is a unique choice. You will enjoy the novelty of being the only Australian at the University, and one of very few in the entire country! Your capacity in the Spanish language will improve dramatically.

However, it will be challenging; if you want to test yourself and engage in something profoundly different- then start packing your bags for Montevideo.

Be ready to be charmed by the nights of eating asado, dancing to cumbia, drinking mate, playing football with locals- and soaking up all the latin vibes.

If you are considering Montevideo, I encourage you to contact me so I can help facilitate your experience in this country. I will try assist you with local contacts, and other general advice on how to get the most from this exchange.

Contact: jamie.clark@student.uts.edu.au

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Jamie Clark,
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Bachelor of Global Studies
Universidad de Montevideo

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