Facing the challenges that globalization imposes on our society, the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon responds to these challenges with the creation of an internationalization program whose objective is to provide support for the formation of globally competitive graduates.

Faithful to its Vision 2030, the UANL proposes as a priority to promote the processes of internationalization through innovative strategies that strengthen our university as a world-class educational institution. The UANL will also be acknowledged for its social commitment and for the creation of schools of thought.

The UANL Center for Internationalization is the ideal space available to students, academics, and researchers where they can strengthen bonds with foreign institutions. This encourages scientific and humanistic training, the development of joint research projects, and double degree programs.

Opened on: May 19th, 2014

Head: Dra. med. Sandra N. González Díaz, Directora de Relaciones Internacionales

Email: sandra.gonzalezd@uanl.mx; internacionales@uanl.mx

Address: Av. Manuel L. Barragán No. 4904, Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, CP. 64290

Phone: +52 (81) 8329-4257




Since its foundation in 1933, the University has considered stays abroad important for its students and professors. Originally, internationalization was limited to sending students and teachers to European destinations. However, these efforts were reduced due to budgetary limitations.

After achieving autonomy and consequently improving its financial prospects, UANL intensified the process of academic mobility. This in turn attracted foreign professors who enriched the content of the courses and even fostered the creation of new schools, such as the School of Earth Sciences and the School of Forestry.

In 1990, the Academic Exchange Department was created to administer the increasing number of exchange scholarships. Likewise, in 1999 the Center for Internationalization was created, with the instruction of systematizing the scientific, technological and cultural cooperation agreements that were being managed with foreign institutions. The joint work of both departments resulted in a considerable increase in mobility between institutions and dual-degree postgraduate courses.Fundraising by the UANL Foundation strongly encouraged the participation of a greater number of students in international exchange programs.


To improve the learning experience of the learner abroad, in 2006 the University created the for Studies and Certification of Foreign Languages, in which European language teaching prevailed. However, due to the growing interest in the Asia-Pacific region, Japanese language training was introduced and in 2006, the University hosted the Confucius Institute for Mandarin Chinese Language Training. Korean language is now also taught. This process of incorporation of Asian languages, derived in the establishment of the doctoral program to double degree in Civil Engineering in agreement with the University of Nagaoka, Japan. This also facilitated the creation of a joint Masters program in Traditional Chinese Medicine with emphasis on Acupuncture and Moxibustion. Chinese professors from the Tianjin University of Medicine in China conduct this class. The master’s degree is taught within the facilities of the School of Medicine and Jose Eleuterio Gonzalez Univeristy Hospital.



The Centre for Internationalization promotes the internationalization policy of our institution in the areas of teaching and research. The center adopts the best practices in these areas that have been implemented worldwide.

The Internationalization Center serves as a letter of presentation of the institution to representatives of international organizations. The center formalizes international cooperation agreements, and also monitors the implementation of mobility, international accreditation and participatory leadership commitments in international educational programs.



The mission of the UANL Center for Internationalization is to bring together the fundamental operational bodies for the international processes of our institution. This facilitates coordination and promotes the activities of international nature.


In 2030, The UANL Center for Internationalization will be the body responsible for attracting high-value foreign talent. It will effectively provide assistance during the stay of students, professors, researchers, and administrative staff from all over the world.


Organizational structure

The UANL Center for Internationalization is home to the Department of International Affairs, and the Department of Academic Exchange as well as the administrative offices of the Center for Asian Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service, the representative office of Campus France, and Nuffic Nesso.

Moreover, the UANL Center for Internationalization hosts the Vice Presidency of Sustainability, the Department of Graduate Studies, and the Vice Presidency of Research and Technology development.



International Partnerships

UANL holds international relations with autonomous, unilateral and multilateral international organizations.

  1. Autonomous bodies:

UANL International Advisory Board: In order to consolidate its international presence and link up with the global academic, scientific, and technological context, in 2004 the UANL established a consultative body known as the International Advisory Council. The main purpose of this body is to prepare reports for the President of the University and his administrative office. The report includes information on policies, actions, and trends in internationalization processes.

The Board is composed of 13 directors of worldwide reputation. These directors meet periodically in Ordinary Session. The headquarters of the International Advisory Board is located within the facilities of the UANL Center for Internationalization.

  1. President: Luis Alfredo Riveros Cornejo, Former President of Universidad de Chile.
  2. Vicepresident: Elena Maria Rodríguez Falcón, President of NMiTE University (New Model in Technology and Engineering), United Kingdom.

Through the Center for Internationalization, the UANL holds communications with various national institutions: Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE), Secretaría de Gobernación (SEGOB), Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), Asociación Mexicana de Educación Continua y a Distancia, A.C. (AMECYD), Consorcio de Universidades Mexicanas (CUMEX), Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES), Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Internacional (AMPEI), Espacio Común de Educación Superior a Distancia (ECOESAD), Sistema Nacional de Educación a Distancia (SINED), y MEXFITEC/SEP.


At the international level, it is linked to: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Asociación Iberoamericana de Educación Superior a Distancia (AIESAD), International Association of Universities (IAU), The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), Organización Universitaria Interamericana (OUI-IOHE), Association of International Educators (NAFSA), Unión de Universidades América Latina y el Caribe (UDUAL), European Association for International Education (EAIE), Asociación Orion, International Federation for Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering (IFHTSE), Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad en España (OSE), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), American Dental Association (ADA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Servicio Aleman de Intercambio Académico (DAAD), Nuffic Neso, Fundación Carolina, Comisión Europea Desarrollo y Cooperación EuropeAid, ALFA, Conference des Recteurs et des Principaux des Universites du Quebec (CREPUQ), y University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP).



  1. Unilateral bodies:

The Center for Internationalization hosts the Nuffic Nesso International Office, which promotes Dutch Higher Education in the Northeast Mexico. It promotes information to the university community about:

* Study abroad opportunities in over 2100 English language programs.

* Provides general information about the Netherlands and its higher education system

* Assistance in establishing contact with Dutch higher education institutions.

* Provides access to Dutch higher education networks

* Graduate Networks

* Events and exhibitions


German Academic Exchange Service DAAD: Provides all the information to study in that country.

* Postgraduate Scholarchips

* Scholarships to study German

* Scholarships in association with CONACYT

* Student mobility for professors and researchers

* Summer Courses

* Establishing contact with institutions and agencies in Germany

* Conferences

* Contests


Campus France Mexique: Provides information about French Higher Education in Nuevo León and informs the university community about the offers promoted by this organization.

* Study abroad opportunities in France

* Provides general information about France and its higher education system

* Graduate networks

* Conferences

* Events and exhibitions.