Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

General information


UNAM is one of the most important educational, scientific, cultural and social projects in Mexico. Because of the contribution of its academics and researchers, it is considered as one of the most recognized higher education institutions in the world. It aims to provide a leading higher education in order to prepare committed professionals, researchers, professors and technicians, who will certainly contribute to society. UNAM develops several research projects in many fields of science and humanities, as well as spreading the benefits of the cultural access to every sector of the Mexican society.

It offers 105 undergraduate programs, 40 postgraduate programs and 34 specializations, within 24 Schools and Faculties, 47 Research Centers and Institutes and also 14 high schools. Its presence through scientific and academic institutions or cultural extension programs covers almost the entire country. UNAM has presence in the United States, Canada and China, which represent a share point of Mexican history and culture.

The ways in which UNAM contributes to the development of Mexico are undoubted; it produces around 50 percent of the research carried out in the country and also hosts important public departments such as the National Seismological Service, the National Tide Gauge Network, the National Herbarium, the National Library, the National Newspaper Archive and the National Astronomic Observatory.

Cultural activities

It conducts more than 10,500 cultural activities per year, such as artistic events and festivals including dance, theater, music and literature and other artistic expressions, which were attended by around 2,000 spectators in 2012. Together with the 25 museums of arts and science open to the public, these activities represent a doubtless contribution to the cultural enrichment of the country.


Being part of the UNAM’s community brings a lot of benefits, since it provides a wide variety of services, for example: sports facilities for the practice of 41 Olympic sport disciplines; access to wireless network; 134 libraries; medical, psychological and dental care centres; free bus service inside the central campus; a Centre for foreign language teaching, comprised Spanish courses and many other recreational activities.

UNAM's Nobel Prize winners

Three Mexican Nobel Prize winners conducted their studies in our university:

  • Alfonso García Robles-Peace Nobel Prize, 1982
  • Octavio Paz – Literature Nobel Prize, 1990
  • Mario Molina – Chemistry Nobel Prize, 1995

Study opportunities

UNAM offers a wide variety of academic programs and creates an exceptional learning environment to foster the development and growth of high quality professionals, able to face the challenges of the contemporary world concerning scientific, technologic, humanistic and social issues. UNAM offers 105 undergraduate degree programs to choose from, divided in four main areas such as:

  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Biological and Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Arts

Furthermore, UNAM is the Higher Education Institution that prepares most of the Mexican professionals; it has been a great source of human resources necessary to the scientific, economic and social development of the country. Hence, UNAM is constantly working to ensure current and prospective students an updated and unique variety of degree programs. For example, undergraduate programs such as Applied Technology in Sciences, Mechatronics Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Agrigenomics, Industrial Economy, Intercultural Development and Management, Nanotechnology and Sustainable Materials Science, among others, have been recently added to its academic offer.

Our University offers 40 postgraduate degree programs, comprised over 90 Masters and PhD programs and 34 specializations. UNAM offers high quality education and world-leading research across all academic schools and departments which attract students and researchers from all over the world; additionally it encourages the participation of UNAM researchers, as well as other Associated Institutions and Related Organizations in order to favor innovation and creativity of scientific interest groups.

Our academic offer includes also a High School Education System, through nine campuses of the National High School and five of the College of Sciences and Humanities, which prepare more than a thousand young students for their undergraduate studies, as well as providing the opportunity to recent elementary school graduates to enroll in the University Initiation program of the Second National High School campus named “Erasmo Castellanos Quinto”.