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  • Locations: Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/15/2024 ** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Internship Option Available: Yes
Program Description:
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Universidad de Guanajuato

Fast Facts

Guanajuato, Mexico (pop. 100,000)
Student Enrollment: 30,774
Language of instruction: Spanish
Course information

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Universidad de Guanajuato is nestled in the mountains of the capital city of the state of Guanajuato. The city of Guanajuato is relatively small and most of the city's life is centered on the university. The university considers the entire city its campus because its buildings are spread all over town. The School of Philosophy, History and Literature is housed in the former Convent of Valenciana. In 1988, Guanajuato was declared a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO because of its historic monuments and its varied cultural ambiance, which attracts many visitors and tourists as well as students, enriching the multicultural identity of the city.

Program Type

Academic year or semester exchanges

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement

ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Limited.
ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Limited.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates

Academic year: early August to mid-June; Semester 1: early August to mid-December; Semester 2: late January to mid-June.


OPTION 1: Academic Immersion
Natural and Exact Sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemical sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics, optics, pharmacy, physics, astrophysics, statistics); Engineering (agricultural, chemical, civil, electric, electronic & communications, environmental, food processing, geology, geomathics, hydraulics, mechanical, metallurgy, mining, physical); Health Sciences (medicine, nursing, psychology); Economic-Administrative Sciences (accounting, business management, economics, finance, human resource management, industrial relations, international commerce, management information systems, marketing, quality & productivity management, tourism management); Humanities and Social Sciences (education, educational administration, history, law, literature, philosophy, public management); Arts (architecture, design, graphics, music, painting, photography, printing lithograph, sculpture, site restoration); Languages (English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish).

OPTION 2: Spanish Language Immersion-Full Year Students Only
In the first semester of a full year placement, students with as few as two semesters of university-level Spanish may participate in a full-time Spanish Language program. In the second semester, students will be able to transition to regular university courses taught at Universidad de Guanajuato.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level

Students may apply for graduate level placement at U Guanajuato. Graduate degree programs are open to ISEP students. Available fields include: Master in Astrophysics, Master in Biology, Master in Physics, Master in Chemical Engineering-Process Integration, Master in Chemistry, Master in Administration, Master in Economics, Master in Medical Sciences, Master in Clinical Research, Master in Nursing Sciences, Master in Philosophy, Master in History (Interdisciplinary historical studies), Master in Hispano-American Literature, Master in Mechanical Engineering, Master in Electrical Engineering (International Quality), Master in Water Sciences, Master in Vegetable Protection, Master in Biosciences, Master in Public Administration, Master in Criminal Law

Housing and Meals

There are no housing facilities available on campus. Housing is arranged with host families who provide 21 meals per week.


Universidad de Guanajuato, with a tradition of more than 260 years in public education, has distinguished itself for its quality of teaching. The university's main campus is located in Guanajuato and its satellite campuses and schools are in the cities of Leon, Irapuato, Celaya and Salamanca, where the Schools of Medicine and Psychology, Agricultural Sciences, Business Management, and Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering are located.

On the main campus, the School of Mining, Metallurgy and Geology building contains an important Museum of Mineralogy and students are able to work in a mine very close to the school to gain first-hand experience. The Armando Olivares Library contains several collections of books that date back to the sixteenth century; these rare books provide a rich source for research.

Sports facilities are spread over the campus and the city. The university takes pride in its Symphonic Orchestra and many other varied musical groups. The university also participates in the famous International Cervantes Festival that annually invites artists from more than 30 countries in the areas of music, theater, dance, opera, cinema, art and exhibitions.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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