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Aerial view of Mexico City skyline and lush green trees around Chapultepec Castle from Chapultepec Park in Mexico.

Program at a Glance

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Country Mexico
City Mexico City
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In Spanish
Language Prereq yes
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About The Program

Bold, exciting, and beautiful, Mexico City is situated on a high mountain plateau. Attending classes with local National Autonomous University of Mexico students, make progress in your major in just about any field. Popular subjects include anthropology, indigenous culture studies, psychology, economics, and US-Mexico relations. For more practical experience, add an internship related to art, marketing, or aiding refugees, women, and children. Program outings include historic sites, cultural events, and museums. Climb the pyramids of Teotihuacán, wonder at Frida Kahlo’s surreal paintings, and savor a fresh Mexican lunch on a boat ride through the canals of Xochimilco.

Where you'll study

The largest university in Latin America, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) offers more study opportunities than all the UC campuses combined. Its modern, attractive campus is a hub of educational and cultural activity as well as Mexico-related research. It also plays a critical role for the nation through its support of the National Seismological Service, the National Astronomical Observatory, and the National Botanical Garden. Attending this university gives you comparative insight into the education, health, legal, and socioeconomic systems of both Mexico and the US. As home to the National Library, you’ll have a wealth of resources available for class projects and research. The central campus (ciudad universitaria) in the south of Mexico City is expansive yet accessible. It is served by good public transportation, including a free university bus service that traverses the campus. Integrated into the modern landscape design are historic buildings and murals depicting key moments in Mexico’s history. The university also hosts countless concerts, lectures, and sporting events and activities that make it easier to meet local students.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.


Excursion to the ancient pyramids in Teotihuacán

Cathedral bell tower tour

Ballet Folklórico performance

Art tour of Diego Rivera murals at the National Palace