UACH was founded as the National School of Agriculture on February 22, 1854,
in Mexico City. Following the Mexican Revolution, it was moved to its present location,
a hacienda expropriated by the Revolution in the municipality of Texcoco, about
an hour northeast of the City. In 1978, its name was changed to the UACH, and the
university added the development of rural areas of Mexico to its functions of teaching,
research and extension services.
Recently rated Mexico’s best school in natural and agronomic sciences, UACH has
a preparatory school, which offers high school, as well as, technical agronomy courses
to around 3,000 students. At the bachelor’s level, UACH offers 22 programs in agronomy,
forestry, environment, engineering, food processing, social sciences and statistics
to an additional 3,000 students. Advanced studies in many of these fields are provided
through 13 Master of Science programs and 6 doctoral programs.
The UACH campus holds several jewels of the country. The university’s main building
houses the President’s Office and was named the World Cultural Heritage and National
Museum of Agriculture. Exhibited in the Director’s Room are portraits of former
directors of the National School of Agriculture alongside portraits of former Presidents
of the university. Many of the portraits were painted by some of Mexico’s foremost
artists, including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Clemente
Orozco. The Rivera Chapel boasts the best and most famous murals by Diego Rivera,
one of Mexico’s most prominent post-revolutionary muralists.
For more information on studying at UACH, visit their
Study Abroad Office
UACH has housing exclusively for visiting students and faculty just outside the
school gates in what is called the “Colonia de Profesores”. Housing applications
are processed through the Student Exchange and International Affairs Office. For
more information, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apartment-style housing is available for up to three exchange students per unit.
Students usually have his/her own room in these fully-furnished apartments. Cooking
utensils are provided though many prefer to purchase meals at the student dining
hall. Room and board rates depend on the arrangement between schools for exchanging
Click here for more housing information at UACH:
and then click in: “Guía para estudiantes extranjeros”
Located within Texcoco, Chapingo is the home of the UACH campus. This small town
is located about 15 miles west of the Mexico City International Airport.3
The climate is relatively mild year round; therefore, most housing units in the
region lack central heating. Nights can get very cold for a few weeks in December
and January, but the daytime temperature is rarely cool enough to wear a jacket.
Summer temperatures tend to peak Holy Week, but remain mild the rest of the year.
The rainy season is from May to September, generally with sunny mornings, rain in
the afternoon and clear skies at night. Warning, the Valley of Mexico is 2200 meters
(7000 feet) above sea level. Thus, sunlight can be very intense and the thinner
air may cause headaches and tiredness.4
Plan to fly from the United States into the Mexico City International Airport.
Airport pick-ups are offered to exchange students or visiting professors in university
vehicles. If such arrangements are not made, few alternatives exist.
It is a good idea to change some money at the airport banks or at currency exchange
windows. Visa and MasterCard can be used in most ATMs and supermarkets.
Forests, springs, archaeological sites, historical sites are some of the tourist
attractions that can be found in Texcoco. Mexico City attractions are a short 15