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October 1, 2016
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Universidad Veracruzana

Universidad Veracruzana (UV) is one of the main and largest public universities in Mexico, distributed throughout the state of Veracruz in 5 regional campuses, offering 76 postgraduate and 150 undergraduate degree programs to over 70,000 students.

UV outstands in social vocation, providing outreach services to disadvantaged communities and catering to indigenous students in local native languages.

Home to 34 research centers and technology laboratories in various fields, including Nanotechnology, Neuroethology, Tropical Sciences, Historic and Social Sciences, Education, Linguistics and Literature, and Fine Arts.

UV's Anthropology Museum houses over 25,000 masterpieces of Pre-Hispanic art, which have featured in exhibits worldwide. UV's editorial house is renowned for early publications of Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize, 1982), Octavio Paz (Nobel Prize, 1990), Luis Cernuda, José Revueltas, Juan Vicente Melo, and Sergio Pitol (Cervantes Prize, 2005). Since 1994 the UV organizes an annual international university book fair.

UV has a long standing tradition in the arts, with degrees in both fine and performing arts, professional fine artists and artistic groups that range from traditional music to a Symphony Orchestra, theater and dance companies, folkloric ballets and a professional show, who all tour internationally. The University also hosts a series of arts festivals annually, including an International Jazz Festival.

International Cooperation is a priority and the President of UV is also President of the Inter-American Organization of Higher Education (IOHE). UV is a member of many international associations, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Xalapa, Veracruz (the city of flowers)

Xalapa is located in a sub-tropical mountainous region, between the foothills of the majestic Cofre de Perote Mountain to the west and deep ravines leading down to the coastal plains to the south east. This privileged geographical area, between 1,100 and 1,700 meters above sea level, boasts an ample variety of elevations and micro-climates, which create one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet, often referred to as "mist forest". Xalapa is a colonial city, 1,400 meters above sea level, characterised by narrow hilly streets, leafy city parks and is often covered in mist during the winter season.

Xalapa has been a culturally renowned center since pre-Hispanic times and today it is home to the state government and Universidad Veracruzana, founded in 1945, which continues to maintain the city's deserved fame as the "Athens of Veracruz", attracting students from all over Mexico and further afield.

Web Links for Students Interested in Studying at Universidad Veracruzana on the North American Mobility Grant

The UV International Office coordinates collaboration, academic and student mobility and organizes special programs tailored to international partner interests. Such programs may combine language learning, classes at schools of their choice and practical field studies in diverse areas of interest from archaeological dig outs, ecological conservation in tropical rain forests to workshops with traditional musicians. The possibilities are endless!

The School for Foreign Students UV, located in the heart of the state capital, Xalapa (Jalapa), has offered Spanish Language and Mexican Culture courses to visiting students since 1957. The school tailors language and cultural courses to suit the needs of incoming students throughout the academic year and during a six-week Summer Program. It also offers a full range of support services, including home-stays with local families for visiting students.

Further information about Xalapa can be found here.

Contact Information

Project Director at Universidad Veracruzana:
Dr. Magdalena Hernandez, General Director
International Relations
Phone: +52 (228) 1179942/1179943; Email:

Administrative Coordinator at Universidad Veracruzana:
Mtra. Myrna Jimenez Guerrero, Coordinator of Programs and Services
International Relations
Phone: +52 (228) 1179942/1179943; Email: