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Universidad de Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Requirement: 2 years Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Universidad de Guanajuato



Mexico Flag
 
The University of Guanajuato(UG), is intertwined throughout the city of Guanajuato, with buildings spread throughout town.  UG, considered one of Mexico’s finest schools for music, theater, mine engineering, industrial relations and law, enrolls over 20,000 students at its Guanajuato campus.
   
Academics
The language of instruction at UG is Spanish.  UG’s field of study Divisions:  Health Sciences & Engineering and Social & Administrative Sciences Architecture, Art, & Design, Economic-Administrative Sciences, Natural & Exact Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Law, Politics & Government, and Life Sciences are spread over their 4 campuses of Celaya-Salvartierra, Guanajuato, Irapuato-Salamanca, Leon. Course listings can be found through each campuses Divisions at:  http://148.214.34.22/sitioug/ingles/licenciaturas/licenciaturas.asp
Pre-Hispanic Mexican & Latin American culture & literature courses are offered for international students. 

Housing & Meals
Exchange students at UG live with local families who provide the student with 21 meals per week.  In some cases, students may request to live in an apartment with other students, in which case students receive a stipend for their food expenses.

Cost Information
Students on exchange to UG pay their tuition, fees, room and board to UM (double room, and an all-campus meal plan costs about US$3,530).  There is currently no charge for a student visa to study in Mexico.  UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living, and travel expenses while on this program.   

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival at UG.  Students must take a full course load while on exchange (usually four classes at UG), which will transfer to UM as 15 total credits per semester).

Program Dates
Semester 1: August to mid- December
Semester 2: January to mid-June

Guanajuato, Mexico
The City
The Spanish colonial city of Guanajuato, a UNESCO World Heritage city, is the capital of Guanajuato state in central Mexico.  It is spread over steep hillsides at the junction of three ravines at an elevation of 6,726 ft above sea level.  This location gives Guanajuato a spring-like climate year-round. Guanajuato was founded in 1554 and the city still retains its narrow, winding, steep cobblestone streets, sometimes pieced out by stone steps, and the ground underneath is still honeycombed with silver mine shafts.  The town became one of the three greatest silver-mining centers of the 16th century.  Its celebrated Veta Madre (Mother Lode) was described as the richest in the world. The fabulous wealth was most manifest in the elaborate and richly endowed churches, notably La Valenciana, San Francisco (1671), and San Diego (1663).  Guanajuato was the first major city to fall to the independence leader Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810.  Today, Guanajuato is a vibrant and charming student city, home to several museums (including Museo y Casa de Diego Rivera), theaters, and the internationally– renowned Cervantes Art Festival held annually in September. 

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Spanish
Language Requirement:  2  years college-level Spanish prior to exchange
University website:  www.ugto.mx
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Guanajuato at a Glance
Population
153,000

Climate
Spring-like climate year round; average summer  temperature is 80?F, and average winter temperature is 70?F

Proximity to
Mexico City: 875 km
Monterrey: 1,445 km
Oaxaca: 3,110 km

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 01/01/2015 06/15/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.