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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/30/2020 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2020 08/19/2020
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that students participate in Conversation hours for Spanish language prior to taking a placement exam at UNAM. Placement tests at UNAM are heavily focused on oral communication skills. For Spring 2020, Spanish conversation hours are available at the UNAM-Boston Center for Mexican Studies, every Tuesday starting February 11, 2020, from 12:30-1:30pm each week. The Center is located on the 8th floor of Healey Library.
Winter 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Boston Students Language of Instruction: Spanish
Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Guest House, Homestay, Student responsibility
Areas of Study: Accounting/Finance, Architecture, Art History, Art/Fine Arts, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communications, Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Creative Writing, Culture, Economics, Engineering, Environmental/Sustainability Studies, Film Studies, History, Humanities, International Business, Latin American Studies, Law, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Management Information Systems, Management/Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Math/Statistics, Music, Nutrition, Other Language & Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Social Work Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Exchange
Semester Program Cost Level: $ Winter/Summer Program Cost Level: $
Budget Friendly: Yes
Program Description:

Mexico City, Mexico - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

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The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was founded on September 21, 1551 with the name of the Royal and Pontifical University of Mexico. It is the largest and most important university in Mexico and Latin America. Its main purpose is to serve the country and humanity, train professionals useful to society, organize and conduct research, mainly about national conditions and problems, and extend as broadly as possible, the benefits of culture. There are over 350,000 students at UNAM. 

Watch this video about studying at UNAM:

Summer Program at UNAM Mexico City:

Join other UMass Boston students and students from around the world this summer for this 6-week intensive Spanish and culture program at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico! The program features 9 levels of Spanish language, 108 hours of Spanish instruction and 18 hours of Spanish courses in history, art, or literature. Learn Spanish while exploring all the food, history, and culture la Ciudad de México has to offer.

Dates for 2019: July 3- August 19, 2020

  • Must be in good disciplinary/ academic standing. 
  • Sophomore class status or above. 
  • 2.5 GPA or above
  • No language requirements, but it is recommended at least one semester of Spanish to have been taken. 
Course Information: Students take one Spanish language course + a cultural course for up to 6 credits in Spanish language! 9 levels of Spanish language courses available. See UMass Boston equivalencies below:

Basic Block: 
Level 1: Spanish 101 (4 credits) + 4.5 elective credits in Spanish
Level 2: Spanish 102 (4 credits)+ 4.5 elective credits in Spanish 
Level 3 and Level 4: Spanish 201 (3 credits) + 5.5 elective credits in Spanish. 

Intermediate Block: 
Level 1: Spanish 202 (3 credits) + 5.5 elective credits in Spanish 
Level 2: Spanish 202 (3 credits) + 5.5 elective credits in Spanish
Level 3: Spanish 202 (3 credits) + 5.5 elective credits in Spanish

Superior Mayor: Spanish 230 or Spanish 301 (3 credits) + 5.5 elective credits in Spanish
For more information on courses:

Program Cost Estimated for Spring 2020 $3,000. We are working on full program details. Cost will include:
  • Tuition and fees
  • Accommodation 
  • Airport transfers to and from accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Excursions and city tours
  • On-site UNAM CEPE Staff support services
  • Pre-departure orientations and services
Not included in the program cost: 
  • Dinners and weekend meals: ~$250-300
  • Flight round trip to Mexico City: $400-$600
  • Personal Expenses: ~$400-500
Do you receive any financial aid, such as scholarships or grants to fund your education? Find out if your financial aid will apply towards studying abroad using the following Financial Aid Guide here

The Financial Aid Guide provides lots of information. However, prior to applying it is advised to contact Financial Aid services for financial aid inquiries and concerns. Link to Financial Aid services website:

Cultural program: Included in your program cost
  • A guided tour of Mexico City's historical center
  • Day Trip to the ancient city of Teotihuacan, dated to 300 BC and once home to over 100,000 people.
  • Other cultural trips and activities!
Application Instructions: 
  1. Complete the application through this site for the summer program at UNAM by April 30. You will need to make a deposit on the program fee to reserve your spot $500 at the time of application.
  2. Once you reserve your spot on the program, you need to complete the UMass Boston paperwork to transfer courses and the post-acceptance paperwork. 
  3. Final payments on the full program fee will be due by June 15, 2020. 
Deadline to apply: April 30, 2020

Semester and Year-long at UNAM Information Below:


University of Massachusetts Boston students only. Undergraduate and graduate students who have currently completed at least one year of full-time study with the most recent semester completed at UMass Boston are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (at least 2.75 GPA) with no disciplinary problems.

For semester/year-long applicants, you must have a B2 level of Spanish.

Academic Calendar 
Spring - January to May 
Fall - August to November


The language of instruction at UNAM is Spanish. You must have a B2 level of Spanish to apply. For course information, go to:

Spanish Language courses are offered through UNAM's Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros (CEPE). There are additional fees for Spanish Language classes to all exchange students from partner universities; however, exchange students are entitled to a discount on the course (except for registration fee and books).


Students must study full time at the home and host institutions. With the completion of the Request for Prior Approval of Transfer Credit of Study Abroad Programs form, your credits (not grades) will transfer toward your degree at UMass Boston. 


Housing is organized through CEPE: Go to services, and Accomodation options to register and view UNAM approved home stays and residences. 


You are responsible for obtaining the correct visa before you travel. Please check the Mexican consulate website to determine if you will need a visa: