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  • Locations: Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Katelyn Brown-Gomez Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Program features: Service-Learning Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: No
Language prerequisite: Yes Language of instruction: Spanish
Program Description:
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This program is not being offered in Spring 2022.
Please check the SAO homepage for a list of
programs that are accepting applications for Spring 2022.

Universidad de Guanajuato

The Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Department of Romance Studies and the Study Abroad Office are pleased to offer an undergraduate student exchange program with the Universidad de Guanajuato (UG) in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Given the parallel success of ongoing UNC/Guanajuato initiatives, the new direct enrollment opportunity in Mexico for UNC-CH students seeking a deep cultural immersion and the chance to advance their Spanish language skills by studying at a university where Spanish is the language of instruction. On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the Universidad de Guanajuato (UG) for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life in Guanajuato.  You may apply as an exchange or non-exchange student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking UC students and participate in all aspects of student life.


Although the U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico - and students must sign a waiver. No travel advisory is in effect for the state of Guanajuato.

Students participate in a myriad of cultural activities during the semester. For example, Guanajuato hosts the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival for the Arts, during three weeks in October. This Festival brings the best international arts to Guanajuato and provides a burst of creative energy in the middle of the semester. These three weeks are filled with world-class performances and expositions of international art, music, drama and dance. Other important cultural events include Independence Day, the Day of the Dead, Dia de la Candelaria and Dia de las Flores. During the Holy Week break, students can participate in the many local traditions as well.

Courses & Credits

The language prerequisite is 5 semesters, completed by the start of the program.

UNC undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in this program during one semester or the full year, and take a full course load of 12-18 credit hours per semester. Students will be able to choose a wide variety of courses from the Departments of Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Fine Arts and Humanities (including Art, History and Literature). For a complete list of courses please see the course catalog.

Service Learning: In addition to the regular course load at the UG, during the semester students will complete a total of 30 hours of community service work. The community service work will be directed by a UNC-CH faculty member (Dr. Hannah Gill), in coordination with the Fundacion Comunitaria del Bajío (FCB). The service work will take place in local community organizations affiliated with the FCB in communities which have been affected by migration to the United States. These communities have limited access to basic services and infrastructure and lack local opportunities for economic development. The Bajío is an agricultural region in central Mexico comprising the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Jalisco, and Queretaro. The Bajío has been a primary source of Mexican migrants to the US for over a century.

NOTE About Language Placement Tests: If you are not taking Spanish at UNC but believe you have the equivalency required, please take the free UNC online language test (this is not the language placement test that you may have already taken). Send your name, PID, and email to Elizabeth Bruno ( She will add you to Sakai where the test is set. You will then take the test at any time and will have 40 minutes in which to complete the test. Once you have completed the assessment test, send him the link to the Study Abroad language assessment form and he will complete that based on your results.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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All students will live in a home stay arranged by the UG’s International Office. The homestay provides students the opportunity to live with a Mexican family and practice their Spanish language skills while fully integrating into the culture of Guanajuato.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

App for Spring & Calendar Year open August 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1