Montevideo at a Glance
Living in Montevideo
Education in Montevideo
Uruguay has a secular, free public school system, which is compulsory between the ages of four and 14. The school system compares well with other Latin American countries and scores high on the Program for International Student Assessment. In 2009, it became the first country to complete the One-Laptop-per-Child project.
However, as an expatriate living in Montevideo, you may prefer to send your children to an international school where they will be taught in English. As an international city, Montevideo has a number of excellent international schools that would be suitable, most notably the British School of Montevideo, established in 1908, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country.
Montevideo is the center of Uruguayan higher education, and is home to the country's largest and most popular university, the University of the Republic. The largest private university in Uruguay, a campus of the international World ORT network, is also located in Montevideo.
Transportation in Montevideo
As the capital city of Uruguay and one of the major cities in South America, Montevideo has an excellent transport infrastructure, which is overseen by the Ministry of Transport and Public Works.
If you're driving in Montevideo, you will do so on the right hand side of the road, and must keep your headlights on at all times. The seat belt laws are strictly enforced, and as the driver it is your responsibility to ensure every passenger has their seat belt on in the car.
Driving licenses from many countries are accepted, as are International Driving Permits, but if you're living in Montevideo for an extended period of time you are advised to get a Uruguayan license.
Montevideo also has excellent public transport links, with an extensive bus network and a number of train lines running within the city center and connecting the city with nearby suburban areas.
Healthcare in Montevideo
As an expatriate working and living in Montevideo, you are entitled to use the excellent public healthcare system, which is overseen by the Ministry of Public Health.
However, you do need to wait for two years before you can access all of the treatments for free, and as such, treatment other than in emergencies may require payment within your first two years of living in Montevideo.
Therefore many expats living in Montevideo take out private health insurance, as the private healthcare system in Uruguay is of excellent quality and can provide treatments and care faster than the public system.
As the capital city, Montevideo has a high concentration of excellent doctors and hospitals, and is home to some of the best medical staff in the country. Many medical professionals will speak some English, especially if they are working in the private system.