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Structure of Higher Education System


Higher education comprises both public and private universities and institutes.

Stages of studies

University level first stage


The first stage of university lead to Licenciaturas (4 years and above for some professional titles).

University level second stage


The second stage of university leads to Especializaciones (1 year), Maestrias (2 years), and Doctorados (3 years).

Admission to Higher Education

Admission to university-level studies

Name of Secondary school credential required: Bachillerato

For entry to: All institutions/programmes.

Minimum score/requirement: None

Other requirements: The choice of subject is based on the type of course the student wishes to follow in higher education. Faculties have their own special entrance requirements and students are selected from among suitably qualified candidates.

Foreign students admission

Definition of foreign student: One whose last year(s) of study was outside Uruguay and...

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