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  • Locations: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: UMD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/15/2020 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:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Homestay, Other
Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:


Program Highlights

  • Study in the Largest Spanish speaking City in the world
  • Live in Mexico’s political, cultural, and cuisine capital
  • Attend classes in a former 18th-century hacienda listed as a national heritage site

Program Overview

  • Population of Mexico City: 20.9 million
  • Distance to Acapulco: 188 miles
  • Distance to Guatemala City: 658 miles
Located in The Valley of Mexico in the south-central part of the country, Mexico City is the most populous city in North America and the 6th largest in the world. Mexico City is a Federal District of Mexico, much like D.C. to the United States, and is thus not considered one of Mexico’s 31 states, but is the financial, cultural and political power in the country. Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs under the name of Tenochtitlan but was changed to its current name after Spanish Conquistadors thought it would be easier to say. The city was originally built on an island on Lake Texcoco and sinks a few inches each year. Surrounded by a beautiful scene of mountains, local and national parks, and being home to some of the best museums and food in the world, Mexico City offers endless opportunities for students to explore.
Panamericana University (UP) is one of the top Mexican universities. Founded as a business school in 1967, the university has expanded and has multiple campuses with 33 degree programs, and a total population of 12,000 students. It offers a truly international experience with a large number of international students on campus. In addition, 100% of domestic students have an experience abroad during their undergraduate program. 


A selection of subjects are taught in English, as well as classes in Spanish language and culture​

Important Dates

The Panamericana University approximate dates are: 

Fall Semester (summer semester)

Orientation:  Friday before classes start
Semester dates:  early August - mid-December

Spring Semester (winter semester)

Orientation:  Friday before classes start
Semester dates:  mid-January - early June

Exact details including arrival and orientation will be provided by Panamericana University after they issue an acceptance letter.
**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by Panamericana University** 

Semester Program Costs

Fall 2018 Term Costs:
Program Fee: $5,850


Academic Year 2018–19 Costs:
Program Fee: $11,700


Spring 2019 Term Costs:
Program Fee: $5.850

Compare this program cost to UMD’s cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


Housing is available for students via a homestay arranged by UP. Applicants will complete a housing application to match them up with a suitable family. Most housing locations close to campus. 

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It can take 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • A Mexican residence visa may be required for participation (Study Abroad staff will provide further details to accepted students)
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance is issued from the foreign university and a Mexican visa is issued, if required

How to Apply

Note: A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year)
Country: Mexico
Program Name: Exchange in Mexico City, Mexico - Panamericana University

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After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”

Apply early as space is very limited and the program will fill first-come, first-served. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required.

UMD Study Abroad Contact

You may contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for the Exchange in Mexico Program with questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza,
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200

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