Universidad de Guanajuato


Established in 1732 with roots as a Jesuit institution, the Universidad de Guanajuato  is one of Mexico's most prestigious universities.  Today it is a renown comprehensive university located in central Mexico.  For 2018, QS World University Rankings has ranked UG as one of the top 100 universities in Latin America.  At the undergraduate level, there are over 8,000 students, studying across 46 disciplines. This program is university-wide, meaning any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate. 


Fact sheet
Learning Objectives

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
  • a global network of peer in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Mexico.
Partner Information

Office of International Relations and Academic Collaboration

Mesón de San Antonio, primer piso

Alonso #12, Zona centeo, Guanajuato,

Gto., México, C.P 36000


Location Description

Located in central Mexico, Guanajuato City has a diverse number of cultural activities and sites, ranging from the famous Mummy Museum, the largest collection of naturally preserved mummies in the world, to the Festival Interacional Cervantino in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. In 1988, the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, the city is also known as one of the sites of the Mexican War of Independence. 

Housing Description

Guanajuato offers options for university-affiliated housing or private accommodations. Pitt students are not guaranteed (or guaranteed) spots within university-affiliated housing. Guanajuato will provide instructions on when and how to apply for housing. 

Academic Description

At Guanajuato, courses are taught in Spanish and in English. Overall, the majority of the coursework is conducted in Spanish. Credits taken at Guanajuato are equivalent to credits received at Pitt according to a 2:1 ratio. For example, 6 credits at Guanajuato will transfer as 3 Pitt credits. All credits taken at CIDE require approval by both your academic advisor(s) and study abroad program manager. Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours. 


Courses taken at Guanajuato will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 


As a part of the cultural experience, Guanajuato offers Spanish language courses specifically designed for visiting students. These may be considered for credit or not for credit. Verify with the study abroad program manager regarding their transferability.  


Unlike Pitt, Guanajuato’s grading scale assigns numerical values between 0 – 10, with 10 representing the highest grade achievable. The minimum passing grade for any course is 6. 


For Pitt transfer credit, in order to earn a grade of “S,” (satisfactory) at Pitt, you must make an equivalent to a grade of “C” or higher. An equivalent to a “C-” or lower will result in a grade of “NC” (no credit) at Pitt.


Guanajuato will provide hardcopy (or electronic transcripts) to the University of Pittsburgh’s Study Abroad Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are receive. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA. Electronic copies should be sent to the designated exchange program manager under “SAO Staff.”  


Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received. 

Pitt students may utilize the following online resource to understand the grading scale within this host country.


Program Fees
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.  
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition* $9,314 $16,328
Mandatory Fees $545 $545
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt* $10,259 $17,273
*The tuition rate listed is defaulted to reflect the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. For Pitt students of another Pitt school or campus, the tuition rate will reflect the home school or campus. See posted rates on the Institutional Research page.


How Much To Budget

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000
Room & Board $1,610
Personal Expenses $3,170
The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by Guanajuato and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages.The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters. 
Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review the Guanajuato's website for more information, and visit our budgeting page for more information. 

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange university you will attend requires purchase of a specific health insurance coverage per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

Program Dates

Pitt students enroll at Guanajuato for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Guanajuato's academic calendars may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, Guanajuato’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Application Instructions

Pitt sends a limited number of students per semester to Guanajuato. In addition to applying to the Pitt Study Abroad application above, be sure to review Guanajuato's website regarding their application requirements for incoming exchange students. A formal nomination from Pitt Study Abroad is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at Guanajuato. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt Study Abroad steps in addition to Guanajuato's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Study Abroad does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  
The exchange university may require the following to be submitted through an online application. Requirements may include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Application Form 
  • Copy of Valid Passport 
  • Official Pitt Transcript 
  • Official Pitt Verification of Enrollment 
  • Statement of Intent or Purpose 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Official Language Evaluation 
  • Up to 2 instructor letters of recommendations 
  • Up to 2 passport photos 


Additional Information

Language Requirements: In order to take courses in Spanish at Guanajuato, Pitt students will be required to submit evidence of B1 level Spanish proficiency through the DELE. Please check with Guanajuato regarding these requirements.  

Insurance Requirements

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates. However, Guanajuato requires Pitt students to purchase additional coverage through their university health plan, which is approximately 100 MXNs per semester   

Visa Requirements

In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 


Guanajuato will provide general direction after formal admission on for how to apply for either the visa and/or residency permit. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.


For most of the nationalities, if the studies will be for less than 180 days, a student visa is not required to study at Guanajuato. Pitt students must only show the original letter of acceptance to the migration officer at the Mexican Port of Entry. The officer will then grant a migration permit as student (FMM) for 180 days.

For any nationality, if the studies will be for more than 180 days, the student must apply for a Student Visa at any Mexico Embassy or 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. In any case, 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.

In general visa and/or permit application requirements include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly) 


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