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Universidad de Guanajuato

La Verdad Os Hará Libres”

Truth Shall Set You Free”


act Sheet

Important dates

Semester 1

Semester 2

Home institution nomination deadlines

April 15th, 2013

October 14th, 2013

Arrival dates (airport pick up, if applicable)

July 25th or 26th, 2013

January 9th and 10th, 2014 (TBC)

Compulsory Orientation Day

July 29th, 2013

January 13th, 2014 (TBC)

Academic calendar 2013 – 2014

August 5th – December 7th, 2013

January 20st – June 7th, 2014 (TBC)

Academic Information

Types of Exchange

  • Students without spanish language proficiency

    • Full year option:

      • 1 Semester of spanish language courses (full time) + 1 mandatory semester of regular academic courses

      • The Spanish Language Semester for Exchange Students costs only 35 USD. Regular price is about 700 USD

  • Students with Basic Level of Spanish Language

    • Hybrid semester option:

      • Two Spanish Language Courses + Two basic regular academic courses (low level courses, introductory courses)

      • Optional extension for an additional semester only for regular academic courses

  • Students with intermediate or advanced level of Spanish Language

    • Regular semester option

Programs/Courses not open to exchange students

  • All higher education programs in our 4 Campus (Celaya-Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Irapuato-Salamanca y León) are offered to exchange students. However, acceptation will only be grant to one Campus.

  • Foreign language courses offered in Campus Guanajuato cost is 350 pesos per semester (same price for local students). Language courses do not grant academic credits and are excluded of the full time academic load of at least 4 courses

Language of instruction

Spanish proficiency according to the Type of Exchange chosen by the student. (See above)

Courses information

Syllabus available under specific courses name request.

Please consider that UG has 4 campus in 7 different cities (Guanajuato, Leon, Irapuato, Salamanca, Yuriria, Salvatierra and Celaya) More information: Please ask for courses syllabus to

Grade system

10 – Excellent

9 – Very good

8 – Good

7 – Sufficient

6.5 or less – Fail

Mandatory course load

4 courses or 16 academic hours/week/semester. Language courses excluded.

Trascript issuing and delivery

Mid-February and mid-August for the previous semester

Additional Information

Travel information

In making travel plans, students should allow enough time for both air travel and ground transportation in order to arrive at the host campus during regular office hours (9:00 to 15:00 hours).

The international airport of Guanajuato State is Airport Bajío (BJX). Please notify arrival information at least two weeks in advance. A representative from the University will meet the student at the Airport Bajio (BJX) if stated in our agreement. Travel time from Airport to

  1. Leon city is approximately 20 minutes

  2. Guanajuato city is approximately 30 minutes

  3. Irapuato city is approximately 40 minutes

  4. Salamanca city is approximately 60 minutes

  5. Celaya city is approximately 90 minutes

  6. Salvatierra is approximately 90 minutes

  7. Yuriria is approximately 120 minutes

A taxi from the airport to Guanajuato costs approximately 300-450 pesos. We will not provide transportation for students arriving to other airport.

Housing Options

Options: Host families, boarding house and hostels.

Online housing application submitted by the student.

Service includes 19 meals per week and it costs $4,000 pesos (shared room) or $5,000 pesos (single room) per month. Restrictions may apply.

Estimated Living Costs per month

Shared apartment costs around $5,000 pesos/month. Usually students stay during the first days in a Youth Hostel (Aprox $300 pesos per night).

Meals cost: around $3,000 pesos/month

Transportation cost: around $300 pesos/month

Medical Insurance Information

International students must purchase an international insurance before arrival including:

Repatriation of remains

Minimum $100,000 Hospitalization

Medical Evacuation

Legal assistance

Transportation of relatives in case of hospitalization

Mexican students must be registered to IMSS or ISSSTE or preferably a private medical insurance.
The University of Guanajuato has agreed discounts with insurance companies that have agreements with local hospitals. If you need suggestions, send an email to
Students must pay complementary university insurance. Cost of the insurance is approximately 90 pesos per semester.


If the studies will be for less than 180 days, a Student Visa is not required. The student must only show the original letter of acceptance to the migration officer at the Mexico entry port. The officer will grant a migration permit as student (FMM) for 180 days.
If the studies will be for more than 180 days, the student must apply for a Student Visa at any Mexico Embassy of Consulate abroad before traveling to Mexico. During the first 30 days after arrival, the student must apply for a National Registry of Foreigners to the National Institute of Migration.
If the student wants to apply for an extension of studies to more that 180 days, he/she must also apply for a Student Visa at any Mexico Embassy or Consulate abroad. It is not possible to apply for a Student Visa in Mexico.
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