Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)

City: Mexico City or Taxco
Language of instruction: Spanish
  • Public university based primarily in Mexico City
  • The university's School for Foreign Students (CEPE) offers a Spanish as a Second Language and Mexican culture program
  • The program is offered at two campuses: Cuidad Universitaria in Mexico City (CEPE-CU) and in Taxco, Guerrero (CEPE-Taxco)
  • Has one of the largest student populations in North America
  • Main campus is a World Heritage site designed by Mexico's best-known architects of the 20th century
  • Murals in the main campus were painted by some of the most recognized artists in Mexican history
  • Mexico City is the most populous and capital city of Mexico

Read student reports

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Land and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • A language assessment is required for this partner


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Split year Term 2 +1 (UBC Term 2 start)

Who can go?

  • Undergraduate and graduate students with language proficiency (Spanish) interested in studying one or two semesters in any of the programs offered by the Faculties and Schools at UNAM

Term dates

  • Term 1 September - December
  • Term 2: January - May
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • UNAM units x 0.75 = UBC credits

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate researchUndergrad research

Course information and restrictions

  • Open to: students studying Spanish at Cuidad Universitaria (Mexico City):
    • The Spanish language program is offered in 2-six week blocks (with two weeks in between for exams and a break) that span each semester
    • The Mexican culture courses run the regular semester length (16 weeks long)
  • At the Taxco Campus: the Spanish courses and Mexican culture courses each run for six weeks long
  • When selecting courses, ensure that they are available in the semester for which you are applying

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Urban Anthropology of Architecture
Partner course code: 1098
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: HIST 1st
Title: Historical Construction of Mexico in the World
Partner course code: HIST 2101
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-03-03
UBC course: HIST 391
Title: Human Rights
Partner course code: RI 1052
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-03-03
UBC course: LAST 4th
Title: Narratives of violence: feminicides and migration in Latin America
Partner course code: 1251
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-07-13
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Current Relations between Mexico, the US, and Canada.
Partner course code: RI 0460
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-02-10
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Latin American Sociology: Current Issues
Partner course code: SOCI 0751
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-06-05
UBC course: VISA 320
Title: Drawing the Nude
Partner course code: 1039
Language of instruction: Spanish
Evaluated date: 2017-05-10
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Summer students attend through our exchange agreement and pay tuition to UBC based on the number of credits earned at the partner institution
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Additional fees

  • Students registered as exchange students are eligible for a 50% discount on courses offered through the CEPE program

Types of accommodation available

How to applyBack to UBCO