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Study Abroad in Querétaro, Mexico

The Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ) is a public university in the picturesque colonial city of Santiago de Querétaro.


UAQ's main campus is located in Santiago de Querétaro which is located in the Bajío region of Mexico know for its high quality of life and relative safety within Mexico. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Querétaro has well preserved colonial architecture.

Queretaro is located in the Bajil region, one of the smallest regions in Mexico, but with a population of 1.5 million, it is also one of the most heterogeneous geographically, with ecosystems varying from deserts to tropical rainforest, especially in the Sierra Gorda, which is filled with microecosystems. The area of the state was located on the northern edge of Mesoamerica, with both the Purépecha Empire and Aztec Empire having influence in the extreme south, but neither really dominating it.  Spanish conquest was focused on the establishment of the Santiago de Querétaro, which still dominates the state culturally, economically and educationally.


UAQ's course descriptions can be found under the "mapa curricular" of each program's website.

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This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year. To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC. Spanish language proficiency is required.


Students must first complete theUNC application for exchange. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Students meeting the minimum requirements will be selected to participate. If selected, the student will need to complete an admissions application for the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.

Important Dates

Fall Application Deadline: March 10 (earlier submission encouraged)
Fall Program Dates: July 26 to December 2*

Spring Application Deadline: Sept 1 (earlier submission encouraged)
SpringSemester: January 6 to June 3*

*dates subject to change


Students will be required to get a Mexican student visa.


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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  • Housing and Meals

    The UAQ Academic Mobility Office provides exchange students with a list of checked, clean, and honest families that provide accomodation. Students will arrange their own housing with one of these families or on their own in the city of Queretaro. The cost varies by family for the homestay options, but generally costs about $750 per month with three meals included per day.

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    International Health Insurance


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  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

    The below estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

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    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


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    Total Estimated Expenses


    Additional Spending Money and Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation)