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Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG) - Ranking, Tuition, Campus & Environment | ValueMD

General Information

  • Location: Mexico
  • Year Founded: 1935
  • Tuition:
    1st & 2nd years: $22,000
    3rd & 4th years: $42,000 (in USA)
    Clinical Rotation: $50,000 (in USA)
    Internship: $24,000 (in USA)
  • Transfer Students: No
  • Loans: Staffords and private loans
  • Album: UAG Album
  • Website: UAG Website
  • Forum: UAG Forum
  • Email: Email UAG
  • Survey: UAG review

A Brief History of Mexico

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The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved independence early in the 19th century. Elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. The global financial crisis in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn in Mexico the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, high underemployment, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides. Read More.

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About Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara

The University is proud to be thoroughly Mexican and, at the same time, to emphasize its orientation to international education. UAG has some of the best educational facilities in the country, covering an area of more than 10 million square feet, distributed in 5 campuses in the area of Guadalajara city: Main Campus (C.U.), the Institute of Biological Sciences, the Health Sciences Campus, and the University in the Community (UNICO). The UAG also owns other campuses in the states of Colima, Nayarit and Tabasco. In addition, the UAG has two hospitals, one Experimental Agricultural Center and three university hotels and convention centers.

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara has always been distinguished among Mexican universities by its long and fruitful participation in international education initiatives, which are coordinated and supported by its International Programs Office (DPI), which is the main link between the UAG and many international institutions worldwide.

Throughout its history, the UAG has preserved its Mexican roots and cultural values, while, it is also recognized both at home and abroad as an internationalized university. The UAG has graduated tens of thousands of foreign students all through the eighty years of its existence.

The School of Medicine is an institution engaged in the training and formation of physicians whose main goal is to improve community health through the following:

  • Providing medical education
  • Discovering and adapting medical knowledge
  • Providing health care services in the clinical fields of learning
  • Developing a positive attitude towards the protection and preservation of the environment.
  • Educating future physicians in an integral way according to the UAG principles, beliefs and values.

Mission: Training medical students in an environment which encourages the quest for academic excellence based on national and international standards to achieve their competent professional development for their own benefit and that of the community.

Vision: To be nationally and internationally recognized for the high competency of our graduates.

General Objective: The program objective of their studies is to train physicians and to provide them with an excellent medical background to promote quality healthcare through prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses of individuals, families and through the community. We seek to ensure that our graduates have the necessary professional competency to provide comprehensive healthcare with scientific fundamentals while providing them the opportunity to continue with their graduate and research studies, with constant update courses to keep up with progress in the medical field.

About Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara



You’ll begin at the beginning. We’ll immerse you in the basics. All the critical core learning that you’ll need to know in order to pass the USMLE Step 1. But we’ll also start you working on your clinical skills immediately. So you’re going to start gaining real world insight right away. Then, we’ll begin preparing you for the next stage–everything leading up to USMLE Step 2, internships and getting your degree.

About Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara CURRICULUM

It’s not going to be easy. But by the time you’re ready to leave here, you will be confident and ready to practice. You will be a doctor.


BASIC SCIENCES: You’ll begin at the beginning

Serious learning starts right away. In your first two years we’ll immerse you in the basics. Anatomy, cell and molecular biology. Ethics and pathology. Neuroscience, immunology, epidemiology and so much more. You’ll get all the foundational knowledge that you’ll need to pass the USMLE Step 1.


PROGRAM OF MEDICINE IN THE COMMUNITY (PMC): Experience a world of experience

Unlike at the great majority of medical schools, you’ll begin working with patients immediately. Often within the first week, through our award-winning clinic program that’s been providing quality medical care to local underserved communities since the early 1970s. At UAG, you don’t just learn through rigorous instruction, study and labs. You’ll learn by seeing and doing, too. So that by the time you leave, you’ll have seen it all and done it all. You’ll be a confident, ready-to-practice physician.

PROGRAM OF MEDICINE IN THE COMMUNITY (PMC): Experience a world of experience

Rotation Resources in the UAG Health System

  • 14 integrated community health centers
  • 1 mobile brigade
  • 2 mobile units
  • Affiliated ambulatory care centers
  • Jalisco Red Cross Medical emergency units
  • Dr. Angel Leaño University Hospital
  • Ramon Garibay University Hospital
  • Government health system hospitals



In years three and four all the studying, practicing and researching will be nearly 100% experiential. And you’ll be ready for it. Because by the time you begin your fifth semester, you’ll have been immersed in medicine, and Spanish, for many years. You’ll be ready for our clinical campus, our teaching hospital, and our affiliated hospitals. Real hospitals, with real patients.

You’ll be ready to take on everything leading up to your internship year, USMLE 2, and getting your medical degree. You’ll be ready to learn through seeing and actually doing. And doing and doing.


OFF-CAMPUS ROTATIONS: Core and Elective Rotations in the U.S. and Mexico

Starting in your third year, you have the option to participate in rotations in the U.S. and Mexico. Developed by our Curriculum Committee, these programs provide you a wide range of study options at hospitals in both countries.



We call it “internado”––or undergraduate rotating internship. You can call it more supervised clinical training off-campus. Way off campus, at a university hospital or one of the over 100 affiliated institutions in the US, Mexico, or Puerto Rico. Where you’ll gain even more hands-on clinical experience. You’ll become more competent, confident, and more ready to practice.

Rotation Duration

  • Surgery: 8 weeks
  • Pediatrics: 6 weeks
  • Ob/Gyn: 6 weeks
  • Internal Medicine: 12 weeks
  • Psychiatry: 4 weeks
  • Family Medicine: 4 weeks


THE PATH TO LICENSURE: Your path to becoming a doctor

THE PATH TO LICENSURE: Your path to becoming a doctor

Two years of basic sciences and pass the USMLE Step I. Two years of clinical sciences, pass the USMLE II CK (Clinical Knowledge) and USMLE II CS (Clinical Skills). Add one year of Pre-Internship and you’ll be awarded a Medical Degree, also known as Titulo de Medico Cirujano. You will become Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified. Complete your Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved postgraduate residency program and pass USMLE 3, and you will receive your LICENSE. You will become a licensed doctor.


RECOGNITIONS AND APPROVALS: Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine

In order to be able to award the degree of Physician-Surgeon to students from the United States, and to be eligible to participate in the U.S. Federal Family Education Loan Programs, we must pass rigorous on-site visits and accreditations. That’s why high standards are standard here. In fact, we meet or exceed the highest academic and clinical requirements for every country that our international students return to practice in.

U.S. Department of Education Approval


Through the National Committee in Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), the U.S. Department of Education has determined that COMAEM’s (Mexican Council for the Accreditation of Medical Education) is comparable to the LCME process. This determination affords U.S. students attending the UAG, a university with one of the lowest default rates in the nation, the opportunity to receive loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Program of Medicine in the Community Award

In recognition of the immense positive impact that it has in communities across Mexico,

UAG’s School of Medicine’s Program of Medicine in the Community (PMC) received a special national award from the President of Mexico, Vicente Fox Quesada and his wife, Martha Sahagún, at the National Volunteer Award in 2002.

Mexican Republic Senate Recognition

UAG was recognized by the Mexican Senate for "the valuable endeavor performed by the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, the first private university in Mexico, in the education arena in the significant area of the national education system"

Government of Mexico

The School of Medicine is fully recognized and approved by the government of Mexico to confer the degree of Physician Surgeon upon students who fulfill the School’s admissions requirements and complete the prescribed curriculum. It is also accredited by the Mexican Council for the Accreditation of Medical Education (COMAEM).

The United States. The world.

Our medical program is approved for clinical training in clinical centers and affiliated hospitals in many nation states, including the United States. UAG has affiliation agreements and partnerships with over 100 hospitals in the US, Mexico, Central and South America.

World Health Organization (WHO)

UAG’s School of Medicine is accredited by the World Health Organization and has offices to support our graduates and to recruit new students in many countries, including: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Puerto Rico, Peru, and the United States.



The National Residency Match Program (NRMP) places applicants for postgraduate medical training positions into residency programs at teaching hospitals throughout the United States. UAG graduates obtain postgraduate training positions during their pre-internship year and through the NRMP.



You didn’t decide to become a doctor yesterday. It’s an idea that has been with you for a long time. It’s become a part of you. Changed you. Don’t let anything get in your way now. Keep moving forward. If you want to become a doctor, become a doctor at UAG School of Medicine.

UAG school of medicne encourages applications from all individuals who have the capacity and determination to learn a new language, Spanish, to experience a vibrant, exciting new culture and to achieve your goal of becoming a doctor.

We appreciate the opportunity to review your application to determine whether UAG is a good fit for you and, if it is, help you through the enrollment process.

You are about to embark on making the decision of studying one of the most rewarding careers; medicine. If you haven't started an application, let's start step by step.

Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is a calculation of the total cost to attend school for one year. The Department of Education's definition of the Cost of Attendance (COA) for a student is an estimate of that student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment.

For your convenience, a list of approved Cost of Attendance items is provided below. Please plan accordingly as no extra funds will be available after you have met your COA each year.

Cost of Attendance

Direct costs + Indirect costs = COA

Direct costs include:

  • All fees such as tuition, health insurance, and student activities, and other fees.

Indirect costs include:

  • Housing, food, supplies, transportation, personal expenses, immigration fees, etc.

Your current consumer debt is not part of the COA, only educational-related items are eligible. Which is why we strongly recommend that you plan ahead and pay off your credit card(s), car payments, mortgage, etc. prior to entering medical school. Paying off and/or cancelling all (or even part) of your consumer debt before starting medical school will allow you to more effectively manage your funds and stress levels. And help you avoid consumer debt defaults that will negatively impact your credit score.

The amounts shown are the maximums allowed, but we encourage you to borrow only what you need. Keep in mind, tuition and fees will remain fixed throughout your course of study. Restrictions may apply.

Contact us for more information.

Financial Aid

There’s nothing in your way except the way forward. Paying for your education should be an investment, not an inconvenience. So we make the process as streamlined and transparent as possible. Contact us if you have any questions. We’re here to help. For more information, contact us.

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Feel free to contact us at anytime if you have any questions or need anything we can help.

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Create Date: 04-27-2003

Last Modification: 02-17-2016

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