University of Oregon

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Exchange

Program Overview

This program offers you with the opportunity to direct-enroll in Mexico City’s prestigious Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). If you have reached an advanced Spanish language level (completed three or more years of college-level Spanish) you may take regular university courses—taught entirely in Spanish—in most academic fields, and have access to the National Library and the archival collections in the Hemeroteca Nacional. 

The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) is located in the southern region of Mexico City, near the bohemian borough of Coyoacán and the cultural and commercial neighborhood of San Angel. The UNAM campus, called “Ciudad Universitaria” (often abbreviated to CU, pronounced Se uu) is an impressive “city within a city” that spans 2,000 acres in territory and features an ancient volcanic forest and ecological reserves. Mexico City, also known as “El DF” (short for Distrito Federal, pronounced De Efe) is the heart of Mexico.

Academic Details

Take regular university courses with Mexican students for a semester or an academic year. The university offers coursework in a wide range of disciplines through the various departments (facultades) at the UNAM, including Literature, Latin American History, International Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Public Policy, Economics, Political Science, Business, Sociology, and Education.

Housing Description

You will need to arrange housing on your own. GEO will assist you in your search for housing, but it will be your responsibility to arrange final accommodations. Housing options range from single bedroom apartments to shared apartments to host families. Some of the resources available to help secure housing include CEPE (Centro de Enseñanze para Extranjeros), a language and culture center within the UNAM that helps foreign students to locate housing. Hey Stay! (, a private organization that can offer housing in apartments and in homes with host families throughout Mexico City. The Oficina de Fomento a la Internacionalización at the UNAM will also offer other options.

Application Process

Early application is advised. Selection for the program is based on a review of your essays, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. Nominees for this program will be required to complete the UNAM exchange application in a timely manner. Access to the UNAM application will be provided after the interview process has been completed.

Additional Waiver Process: The Mexico programs require a signed additional waiver. Study opportunities to Mexico through the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at the University of Oregon (UO) are monitored. Staff at the OIA will continue to monitor the situation and will review the program requirement on a yearly basis. Please contact GEO for updates regarding the status and availability of our programs in Mexico.

University of Oregon students who wish to study on this program must complete the UO additional waiver form. The form is part of the UO application process.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • Three years of college-level Spanish language complete, including University or Oregon SPAN 311
  • Relavent coursework on Latin American culture and history (e.g., UO HIST 480, LAS 200)

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester201603/01/20168/3/201612/9/106
Academic Year2016-1703/01/20168/3/20166/9/2017
Spring Semester201703/01/20161/25/20176/9/2017

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.