Study Abroad Program Overview
A hub for students and scholars from throughout the Americas, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is a world-class university that offers you the opportunity to observe the intellectual traffic of a cosmopolitan capital and make progress toward your major in virtually any field.
- Take advantage of the epic diversity of Mexico City!
- Access scores of concerts, cinemas, libraries, museums, galleries, theaters, parks, and publishing houses, not to mention restaurants, cafes, and food stalls.
- Study at UNAM, one of the top ranking universities in Latin America and first in the region for academic excellence!
- Take classes with and learn from your Mexican peers.
- Absorb the excitement of UNAM while pursuing your academic and social interests.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
The Fall and Year programs begin with a four-week Spanish intensive language program (ILP). Spanish language study is available each term but not required.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early July to early December
early July to early June
Spring (Advanced Only)
late January to early June
Students who have initially applied for the fall option may extend their participation and stay for the year!
You may arrange your own housing, or you may choose prearranged housing in an apartment or private home for the first month of the program and then find your own housing after the ILP if you want to move. Students live with international students, UC students, or host country students. Most students choose to live within walking distance of the Casa de California and UNAM, in the beautiful neighborhood of Coyoacán. UCEAP's program coordinator has years of experience arranging housing for students in ideal spaces
. More information on housing
In Mexico City (D.F.), you will discover a wealth of cultural activity with its many museums, theaters, parks, monuments, and frequent special events. As one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in the world, D.F. will offer you a variety of modern experiences typical of any large urban center, in contrast with elements that are distinctly traditional. Many students find the blend of old and new worlds to be particularly interesting. Among other things, Mexico City is a center for international and national cinematography. You will never be bored in Mexico City!
The program includes trips to local sites, such as Teotihuacan
and Tlahuac, as well as to cultural events and museums in the Distrito Federal.
Many students find internships in organizations working with immigrant populations, underserved youth or women. For internships for credit, see the Courses & Credit tab next.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In the Mexico Study Center, a UC faculty professor offers a course during the fall term and is available for academic advising from the start of the ILP. The UC faculty member and our staff abroad help students integrate into the local culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program.
Regular university courses are available in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (geography, history, Latin American studies, and other humanities fields), Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales (communications, political science, sociology, and international relations), Facultad de Ciencias (natural and physical sciences), and Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (visual arts, design and visual communication).
Excellent opportunities also exist in the Facultad de Derecho, the Facultad de Psicología, the Facultad de Economía, and the Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género (PUEG).
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students.
Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
- Academic Information in the Program Guide.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP (available to Fall and Year option students only): 3-8.5 quarter/2-5.7 semester UC units are required; two courses.
Fall: 18 quarter/12 semester UC units per semester are required; usually three to five courses.
Spring (Advanced): 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units are required for the semester; four to six courses.
Research and Independent Study
UNAM is an important center for all varieties of scholarly research and offers many courses that could lead to additional research opportunities. Consult with the program coordinator, the UC faculty director, as well as individual professors early in the program to discuss possible options for independent study.
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
UNAM continues to be a microcosm of the promise and problems facing Mexico today. Its modern and attractive campus in the south of Mexico City was designed to represent the convergence of the modern and the traditional that define Mexico. Many of its buildings are highlighted by famous bas-reliefs and murals depicting key moments in Mexico’s history. One of the world’s largest public universities and well known for quality research, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) offers its 150,000 undergraduates strong academic programs in a wide array of disciplines. Virtually any subject may be profitably pursued here. The Director and staff of the UCEAP Study Center have detailed information about facultades, courses, and professors that they use to assist you in finding excellent academic opportunities in this huge university.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Create a marketing campaign to promote efforts and upcoming exhibits of local NGOs
- Translation, editing and communication support for non-profit organizations
- Publishing and artistic oversight of marketing materials for immigrant and refugee support organization
- See more...
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of internships and we encourage you to explore other opportunities that match your interests and skills.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
- Mexico Study Center staff will help set up your internships and will be available to assist you throughout the process.
"I can honestly say that if it were not for my study abroad experiences, especially in Mexico City, I would not be the woman that I am today. I had come with the idea to learn more about my roots, perfect my Spanish, travel and make new friends but I gained so much more than that; I was able to grow on an academic, professional, and personal level in ways I couldn't even being to imagine before. I can confidently say my experience in Mexico has definitely changed me for the better."
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2014-15. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2014-15 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- UC fees
- Tuition at UNAM
- Intensive language program (fall and year only)
- Estimated room and board
- Excursions to Teotihuacan, Cacaxtla and Tlaxcala
- Tickets to the Ballet Folklórico
- Arrival hotel and meals, orientation, and transportation to housing
- Round trip transportation from California
- Phone card for local and long-distance calls
- Predeparture expenses (health clearance, student visa, etc.)
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 2 years (6 quarters / 4 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
The Spring (Advanced) option does not include an Intensive Language Program (ILP). Students participating in this option must be mature and have strong Spanish skills to prepare themselves for courses at UNAM.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: