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Exchange (Bilateral) Mexico: Universidad de Guanajuato
Guanajuato, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2017 03/15/2017 ** 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:
Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral)
Language of Instruction:
English and Foreign Language
Housing Options:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
English, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Spanish
Target Language:
Program Description:


University of Guanajuato
UW-W Exchange Program


Guanjuato, Mexico

Academic Focus
Across the Curriculum
All majors, 2.5 GPA
Spanish Proficiency

Semester, Year

Language of Instruction

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Guanjuato on a Map
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This exchange is open to all majors. Most classes are taught in Spanish, therefore a proficiency in Spanish is required to take general course offerings. The University of Guanajuato also offers Spanish Language for Foreigners courses, which would require only basic knowledge of the language.

Overview of program options:
University of Guanajuato Fact Sheet 2015-16.pdf

The academic tradition and history of the University of Guanajuato date back to the eighteenth century, colonial era of the maximum blossoming of the Villa de Guanajuato- afterwards a city since 1741 - and its booming mines. The University of Guanajuato boasts an academic staff recognized for its high quality. This staff carries out essential work in the areas of instruction, research, and extension. Guanajuato is located in the geographic center of Mexico, about three and half-hours north-west of Mexico City, and its capital city is one of Mexico’s most famous tourist spots. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and city planners must abide by strict rules when building and refurbishing buildings in order to maintain their colonial integrity.

Students in this program can choose from several different program options based on their level of Spanish language proficiency.

  • Students with intermediate Spanish language proficiency
    • Full year option:
      • One semester of full-time Spanish language courses + one mandatory semester of regular academic courses
  • Students with advanced Spanish language proficiency
    • Hybrid semester option:
      • Two Spanish language courses + two basic regular academic courses taught in Spanish (lower-division, introductory courses)
  • Students with high advanced Spanish language proficiency
    • Regular semester option:
      • Four or more regular academic courses per semester



Exchange students at the University of Guanajuato may live with host families or in shared apartments.  The host family program arranged by the University of Guanajuato provides students with an insight into Mexican family life and is also very economical, at about $1,200 (shared room) - $1,500 (single room) for the semester, including a room and 19 meals per week.  Students may also live in shared apartments that they find upon arrival.


Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad.  As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).

Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,819
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 170
Subtotal $4,264
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Room and Board** 1,500
Personal/Miscellaneous 1,500
Travel Documents 150
Round-Trip Airfare 700
Subtotal $3,850
Total*** $8,144

*2015-16 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.

** Based on the homestay housing option with meals included.

***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-W campus for one semester to be $9,157


Passport and Visa Requirements

All program participants will need a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of their program.  Students participating in year-long programs in Mexico must also apply for a Mexican student visa prior to departure.  Visas are not required for stays less than 180 days (e.g. one-semester programs).  Although obtaining a passport and visa are the student's responsibility, the UW-W Center for Global Education will provide the students with the instructions and resources necessary to apply for these travel documents.

 Key Dates

Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year March 15th Late July to early June
Fall Semester March 15th Late July to early December
Spring Semester October 1st Mid January to early June


CGE Exchange Coordinator:
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)

UW-W Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Peter Hoff
Office:  Laurentide 3110
Tel:   262-472-1591