Foreigners at the UNAM

Exchange Students and Visitors

The National Autonomous University of Mexico has played a leading role in the country’s history and academic development. The substantive tasks of this secular and autonomous public institution include teaching, research and the dissemination of culture. In the academic world, it is recognized as a university of excellence. The UNAM responds to the present and looks to the future as the most important cultural project for Mexico. The UNAM is a space of freedom; respect, tolerance, and dialogue are practiced on a daily basis. The plurality of ideas and thought is deemed a sign of its richness, never a weakness.

What is the UNAM (PDF - Spanish)

Postgraduate Studies are carried out after completing a Bachelor's Degree. They represent the highest level within the UNAM’s educational system, and are grouped into the following areas of knowledge:

1. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences: Sciences (Astronomy), Earth Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Engineering.

2. Biological, Chemical and Health Sciences: Sciences (Neurobiology), Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemical Sciences, Ocean Sciences and Limnology, Animal Production and Health Sciences; Medical, Dental and Health Sciences; Chemical Sciences, Nursing, and Psychology.

3. Social Sciences: Anthropology, Administration Sciences, Political and Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Latin American Studies, Geography, and Social Work.

4. Arts and Humanities: Architecture, Arts and Design, Library Sciences and Information Studies, Industrial Design, High School Education Teaching, Mesoamerican Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, History, History of Art, Literature, Linguistics, Music, Pedagogy, and Urban Development.

Postgraduate credits for courses completed at the UNAM are calculated as follows:
  • In theoretical, experimental or practical research activities that require additional work or study, eight hours equal one credit.
  • In academic activities that are carried out under approved supervision, the overall credits will be calculated depending on the curriculum, as well as the complexity and duration of the activities.
  • The curriculum indicates courses and number of credits that are obtained upon their completion.

Coordination of Postgraduate Studies

Among its functions, the Coordination of Postgraduate Studies (Coordinación de Estudios de Posgrado [CEP]), through the Deputy Office of Institutional Programs, operates exchange student and visitor mobility.

The UNAM welcomes foreign students that wish to take courses and/or carry out postgraduate research stays in its academic entities (faculties, schools, centers, institutions, etc.) for a maximum of two academic semesters. Students shall not receive credit for these courses at the UNAM, but may be accredited at the university in which they are enrolled in.

General Considerations and Admissions Requirements

  • Courses are taught in Spanish and students must prove language proficiency.
  • Interested students must have obtained their Bachelor’s Degree and be enrolled in a postgraduate program at a university abroad.
  • The exchange student or visitor wishing to take Spanish courses at the Learning Center for Foreigners (Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros [CEPE]) must pay the fees and submit an application directly the to CEPE -
  • The UNAM does NOT admit exchange students or visitors into specialization programs in any area of knowledge.
  • The exchange student should process his/her application at the Exchange Student or International Affairs Office at the University he/she is enrolled in.
  • Visiting students request admission in a personal capacity.

Admissions Process

Complete or fill in the appropriate forms:

Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered. Applications via fax or e-mail are not accepted.

Application Dates

To enroll in Master’s degree courses:

  • Fall Semester 2015 (August to December): From March 2 to April 30, 2015
  • Spring Semester 2016 (January to June): From August 17 to October 16, 2015

Responses to Admission Requests

  • Admission of students depends solely on the Coordination of Postgraduate Programs at the UNAM.
  • Responses to admission requests will be sent during the following periods:
  • Fall Semester: May through June
  • Spring Semester: November through December

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2015
(August to December)
Spring Semester 2016
(January to June)
• Orientation Session is held during the second week of August
• Registration is held during the first and second week of August.
• Classes begin on August the 3rd.
• Classes end the last week of November.
• Exams take place during the first two weeks of December.
• Orientation Session is held during the last week of January.
• Registration is held during the last week of January and first week of February.
• Classes begin on the last week of January.
• Classes end on the last week of May.
• Exams are held during the first two weeks of June.

Registration and Tuition Fees

Exchange students are admitted within the framework of conventions, agreements and university networks in which the UNAM participates; they will be exempt from paying tuition and registration fees, and must pay registration and tuition fees in the university they are enrolled in.

The visiting student must cover the following tuition and registration fees:

$ 250.00 U.S. Dollars for Semester Registration

$ 320.00 U.S. Dollars for each postgraduate course

These costs should be covered once a student registers at the UNAM in person. Payment is processed at the Deputy Office of Institutional Programs in the Coordination of Postgraduate Studies.


A week before classes begin, an orientation session takes place. Students receive information about the registration process and the services that are offered at the UNAM, as well as overall recommendations for their stay in Mexico City.

Living Expenses

The UNAM does not have student dormitories. However, the Learning Center for Foreigners (Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros [CEPE]) has a list of rooms for rent close to the University with Mexican families.


In a single room in which the kitchen may be used, the cost is an average of $270 to $350 U.S. Dollars per month. A list of accommodations is provided to the student upon arrival. Bookings are not made in advance. We suggest that the student spends the first two or three nights at a hotel while choosing accommodation.


If you use the kitchen in your accommodation, an estimated cost for meals is $200 to $220 U.S. Dollars per month (3 meals a day). At a coffee shop: an average of $450 U.S. Dollars per month (3 meals a day). At a good restaurant, a meal would cost an average of $25 U.S. Dollars.


An average of $30 U.S. Dollars per month (not including taxes)

On public buses, trolleybuses or the subway system: approximately 0.30 U.S. Cents per trip. In short buses (peseras, combis, or colectivos): approximately 0.45 U.S. Cents for the first 5 kilometers, and the rest varies according to distance.

Personal Items

An average of $25 U.S. Dollars per month on toiletries, dry cleaning or laundry, etc.

Medical Services

The Medical Center at the UNAM provides first aid services to students. The Center assumes no liability for medical services that require surgery, hospitalization, etc. It is essential that foreign students obtain medical insurance with coverage for Mexico.

Student Visas

Student visas are processed at Embassies and Consulates of Mexico abroad. The Deputy Office of Institutional Programs in the Coordination of Postgraduate Studies will send admitted students a letter of acceptance so that they may carry out the visa process.

Submission of Applications for Admission

Exchange student documentation should be sent by the Student Exchange Office or Office of International Affairs at the university that the student is enrolled in. Foreign visitors should send their applications directly to;


Exchange students and foreign visitors admitted into a Postgraduate Program at the UNAM may obtain useful information for their stay in the following document:

Orientación para estudiantes de intercambio y visitantes admitidos en la UNAM” (“Orientation for Exchange Students and Visitors Admitted into the UNAM”)


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