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Welcome to El Colegio de México. Thank you for your interest in spending a month, a semester, or a year with us. We are looking forward to receiving your exchange or research stay application!
The academic calendar at El Colegio de México consists of two semesters: Fall and spring. The fall semester lasts 17 weeks; it begins on the first Monday of August and ends on the second Friday of December. The spring semester lasts 18 weeks; it begins on the second Monday of January and ends on the first Friday of June. The dates might vary, so you must ask for the definitive calendar before taking any travel decisions.
BEFORE GETTING HERE
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Mexican government offers financial support for this kind of exchange programs through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID). For more information, visit the AMEXCID website.
The application for admission is independent of financial support and there are times when the deadlines do not match, so we recommend considering this and planning ahead.
You must obtain a student visa at the nearest Mexican Consulate if your stay at El Colegio de México will be longer than 6 months (>180 days). It is not possible to obtain the visa once you arrive into Mexico, nor is it allowed to leave the country and renew your migratory status with a new entry.
If your stay at El Colegio de México is shorter than 6 months (<180 days) and citizens from your country do not require a tourist visa to visit Mexico, the tourist status suffices so it is not required for you to obtain a student visa.
Every foreign student enrolled at El Colegio de México, either for an exchange program or a research stay, must have valid medical insurance during his or her stay in Mexico.
Important: In order to enroll in El Colegio de México, you must submit a copy of your medical insurance certificate.
Unfortunately, we do not provide housing services for exchange students. There are some commercial webpages, open to everyone, in which foreign students living temporarily in Mexico City can find a place to stay.
Some of these webpages are www.compartodepa.com.mx, www.dadaroom.com y www.airbnb.com; however, since we ignore the safety and quality of the offered options, we hold no responsibility related to leases or other experiences the student might have.
El Colegio de México does not offer Spanish courses for foreign students during regular semesters, nor during the summer. Nevertheless, we have an agreement with the National Autonomous University (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM), whose Learning Centre for Foreigners (Centro de Enseñanza Para Extranjeros, CEPE) offers year round lessons at different levels.
ENROLLEMENT AND REGISTRATION
ACADEMIC EXCHANGE OFFICE REGISTRATION
We want to be your gateway to El Colegio de México and help you with the paperwork you will have to do. Please, get in touch with us as soon as you arrive into Mexico to schedule a brief orientation session.
In this session we will register your arrival, show you the campus, tell you how to enroll in your corresponding Center of Studies, how to get your ID card and how to sign up for the classes you want to take. When you visit us, please bring a copy of your medical insurance certificate with you.
ENROLLMENT IN THE STUDIES CENTER
You must visit your corresponding Center of Studies to notify them of your arrival and so that they can provide a letter of application for your ID. You must provide a copy of your passport.
You can get the ID card that identifies you as a student at El Colegio de México and that allows you to make use of the facilities such as the library and the cafeteria at the Student Services Department (Dirección de Asuntos Escolares). To request it, it is necessary to provide a copy of your passport and your immigration documents (either your student visa or the FMM –Forma Migratoria Múltiple– you were given as you entered the country).
Once you have your ID, you can request at the Computer Services Department (Coordinación de Servicios de Cómputo) an account to access the computers at El Colegio de México. With it, you will also receive 500 pages of printing or photocopying during the semester. You can also request an e-mail account from El Colegio de México or you can ask them to add your current e-mail to the list through which important announcements are made to the community.
El Colegio offers a wide range of courses that you can consult here, except for those offered by the Historical Studies Center, which are not included in the list but that you can consult once you are here.
The first week of the semester you are allowed to attend any courses that might interest you in order to have the information you need to choose the ones you will enroll in. Towards the end of the week you must ask the administrators of the academic programs to which your selected courses belong to register you.
Important: Due to the reduced number of students enrolled in our academic programs, not all the courses are available every semester.
At the beginning of each semester, during the first or second week of classes, the Academic Exchange Office puts together a reception to welcome all the exchange students at El Colegio de México. In this social event the students can meet each other and receive information about the different services offered by the institution.
DINING HALL AND CAFETERIA
El Colegio de México has a dining hall in which you can have breakfast from 7:45am to 11:00am and lunch from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Lunch costs 7 pesos if you present your ID. There is also a small cafeteria where you can find sandwiches, coffee, and candy. It remains open until 6:00pm.
El Colegio de México offers a free transportation service with established routes and times for students and employees of the institution.
The buses leave from the subway stops Taxqueña, CU, and Juanacatlán, as well as from the corner of Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza and Canal de San Juan, between 7:50 and 8:00am. Buses return to those places from El Colegio de México between 3:10 and 3:40pm. At 8:35pm a bus will leave El Colegio de México to Taxqueña. This information might change, so we recommend consulting the current schedule at the Dirección de Servicios Generales office.
In case of minor illnesses and discomforts, the infirmary service is available from 9:00am to 7:00pm.
CULTURE AND SPORTS
Some of the athletic activities include soccer, volleyball, basketball, zumba and boxing. Some of the main cultural activities are the choir, the student magazine (Ágora), the cultural association Arjé, guided visits and free language lessons (English, German, French, and Russian, among others).
The students can also benefit from multiple lectures, seminars, workshops, book presentations, courses, and symposiums, national and international, which are organized daily at El Colegio de México.
Due to our compact student body, the reception and welcome of the visiting students is immediate and happens naturally.
ACCESS AND PARKING
You must present your ID from El Colegio de México to access the facilities. In case you do not have it, it is possible to get in by showing one of the security officers an official ID that they will exchange for an access badge. On your way out they will give you your ID back when you return the badge.
The parking lot is exclusively for the academic and administrative staff until 4:00pm. At that time, it opens to students with a valid ID.