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  • Locations: Aguascalientes, 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: Other
Type of Program: Exchange
Program Description:


Program Highlights

  • Aguascalientes, which means “hot waters“ in Spanish, was named after the many hot springs in the area
  • Live in a historic city in the heart of Mexico that offers museums, wine country, and scenic views
  • Aguascalientes is called “the land of the good people“ because its inhabitants are so friendly

Program Overview

  • Population of Aquascalientes: 1 million
  • Distance to Mexico City: 265 miles
  • Distance to Puerto Vallarta: 341 miles
Aguascalientes, city and capital of ‘Aguascalientes Estado’ is located in the central heart of Mexico  Full of rich colonial architecture and Mexican culture, this city has been an important piece in the country's history due to its location along major trade routes, mining industry, diverse economic structure, hot mineral springs, and strong ties to the Catholic faith.  The city is a hidden gem to the international community but a thriving tourist destination for Mexicans because of the endless streets for exploration around old town, and an easy escape to beautiful nature from the metro area. There are many points of interest such as hot springs, shopping markets, and one of the most well know bullfight rings, Plaza de Toros San Marcos (built in 1896).

Panamericana University (UP), Campus Bonaterra (Aguascalientes) is located in the geographical center of Mexico. While located in a city, the campus offers a more personalized experience with approximately 900 students. Although a small campus, UP has partnerships and/or welcomes students from over 100 countries. The University strives for academic excellence through its innovative, high-quality teaching and learning. 


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 arranged on your own, with assistance provided by UP staff. 

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 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 Aguascalientes, 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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