Universidad de Guadalajara

Guadalajara is known as the cultural center of Mexico and the home of the famous mariachi music.

Founded in 1791, Universidad de Guadalajara is one of the most significant universities in the state and the second oldest in Mexico, and is ranked in the top 50 in Latin America (47, QS 2019). This University has several graduate and undergraduate campuses, which are distributed all over the state of Jalisco, Mexico. This vibrant city also hosts different cultural events such as the International Film Festival. It is the most important cinematographic event in Latin America because of the important initiatives it offers to the film industry. The Festival is a forum for training, instruction and creative exchange between professionals, international film critics and Hispanic students.

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20/21 deadline

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall/Full Year until March 15, 2020

Winter until October 10, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21/22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Student experience

The most rewarding part of my exchange experience was successfully studying in Spanish. Spanish is my second language and I taught myself over the 5 years I was in University. I am proud of myself for writing tests in Spanish and of course for giving presentations in Spanish. I was so nervous and felt out of my league the first 2 weeks and by the end of it I was doing better than the majority of the class... More related to my major in plant biology Mexico is a mega-diverse country and so I saw incredible plant life while I was there that just made me fall deeper in love with what I study. 

- a Science student

Program details

Areas of Study:

Agriculture, Architecture, Art, Business, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, International Relations, Public Administration, Science, and Social Sciences.

Course Information:

Find information on courses and more at www.udgvirtual.udg.mx/licenciaturas. Search by degree program or centre of study, then choose "Plan de Estudios."

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.

    UDG estimates that the expenses for lodging, food and local transportation amount to at least USD $ 500.00 per month .

    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). Please click here for more information.

    Did you know that you can take your University of Calgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at the 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 also administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once.

    Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Options available to exchange students include homestay and student residences. Once accepted, the University will provide updated information about these options.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Students must have completed a minimum of Spanish 303 (4 semesters of Spanish) or the equivalent to participate in this exchange.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.


Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange 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

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.