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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Explore historical Mexico City (built on top of the ruins of Tenochtitlan) while studying at the largest and highest-ranked public university in Mexico and the oldest institution of higher education in the Americas.

Founded in 1551, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico is one of the top 4 universities in Latin America, and is ranked #113 worldwide (QS 2019). UNAM, which welcomes more than 330,000 students to its 100+ undergraduate/graduate programs, was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007 as it constitutes a unique example of 20th century modernisms. Spend a semester abroad exploring great architecture and urbanism at UNAM and living in a vibrant center and the 6th largest city in the world.

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

Open November 1, 2023

Priority Deadline January 10, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Student Experience

Exchange Student Testemonials: ¿Por qué estudiar en la UNAM?


Viva Mexico! - UNAM Spring 2019

Leann Leung

Program details

Areas of Study:

Spanish taught: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Architecture, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Drama, Earth Science, Economics, Education, Engineering (Civil, Chemical, Electrical, Geomatics, Mechanical, Petroleum), Environmental Science, Geography, Hispanic Language & Literature, History, Industrial Design, Informatics, Intercultural Development, International Relations, Landscape Architecture, Latin American Studies, Law, Management, Math, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Science, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies and Visual Arts.

Course Information:

Students can take up to six courses per semester. See: Click on "Requisitos Especiales de Escuelas y Facultades".

Spanish and Mexican Culture courses:

Students can also take courses from UNAM's intensive Spanish language program. This pioneer interdisciplinary language immersion program integrates Spanish language learning with a curriculum on Mexican history, art and literature offering 9 levels of Spanish. In addition the program offers dance workshops and other extracurricular activities to encourage Spanish learning, as well  as guided tours. 

English taught courses:

There are a smattering of English taught courses (scroll to the bottom and click on Subjects in English) but students should anticipate still taking courses taught in Spanish as well. 

First Semester: early August to mid-December.

Second Semester: early February to late June.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Cost in Mexico City are significantly lower than Calgary. Estimated living costs per month are:

    Housing: $400- $600
    Food:  $150-$200
    Transport: (travel expenses on Public Buses/Trains) $20-$40
    Personal Expenses: $100 - $150

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

  2. Funding

    The Mexican Government offers an Award for International Students (including exchange students).

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

UNAM does not have student residences, however they can arrange for students to be placed with host families. Once accepted, UNAM will provide updated information about these options. Students can also choose to arrange their own off-campus accommodation. Housing costs approximately $340 USD per month.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least two full years (20 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
Students must have completed a minimum of Spanish 303 (4 semesters of Spanish) or the equivalent.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Veronica V. Cardoso

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.