Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas

UAT is located in Ciudad Victoria. The Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas was founded in 1950 with the establishment of the Colleges of Law and Medicine in Tampico. The university has grown to include academic units of science, education, agriculture, ecology, commerce and administration, music, veterinary medicine and animal husbandry, nursing and medicine, among others. For more information on the requirements to study at UAT visit the Study Abroad Office (http://portal.uat.edu.mx/INTERCAMBIO/Default.htm).1

There is no housing information available at this time. For assistance, please contact the OSU - Mexico Liaison Office at 7444-2507.

Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas

Population: 274,2002

Due to its geographic location, the climate of Tamaulipas varies throughout the year from humid during summer to semi-dry in the northern part of the state. Tamaulipas is well known for its agricultural activities, cattle breeding and for sport fishing.3

Ciudad Victoria, also known simply as Victoria, is the capital city of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Located 420 miles northeast of Mexico City, it is situated in the middle of the state and covers an area of over 1,000 miles4. Ciudad Victoria is an important trade distribution center because of its equi-distance from the oil-rich port of Tampico, the financial center of Monterrey and the US-Mexico border crossing at Matamoros.5

How to get there

Daily flight service by Mexican Airlines connects Ciudad Victoria to Matamoros and México City. Texas border cities are also relatively close: Eagle Pass and Laredo (316 miles), McAllen (208 miles) or Brownsville (196 miles). The more easily traveled routes are from Laredo and Eagle Pass via interstate 85 South through Monterrey and from McAllen and Brownsville taking Highway 180 South, continuing on 101 South to Victoria. Transpais (www.transpais.com.mx/) provides excellent bus service. Tickets are available from any city in Mexico.6

Currency Exchange

Banks with ATM machines can be found throughout Ciudad Victoria. During business hours, the Casas de Cambio or banks will buy traveler’s checks and cash.

Things to do7

Ciudad Victoria is a modern commercial city. Some of Victoria’s attractions are:

  • Plaza de Armas, the cathedral with only one tower
  • Municipal Palace, built in 1898
  • Anthropology and History Museum of the State's University where ceramic works of the Huasteca culture are displayed and featuring exhibits dedicated to the history of Mexico
  • Tamatan Recreational Center featuring a zoo, sport grounds, children’s area and countryside.
  • City markets where you can buy traditional clothing, handicrafts of henequen, palma and carrizo.

150 miles southwest of the city, the Port of Tampico is founded. The port is Mexico’s primary export port and is a customs station. Tampico’s metropolitan zone is conveniently located only 310 miles from the US border making the city a primary city for US-Mexican trade.8

For more information about Ciudad Victoria go to:


  1. http://www.uat.mx
  2. http://www.inegi.gob.mx
  3. http://www.tamaulipas.gob.mx/
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Victoria,_Tamaulipas
  5. http://www.missionsinternationalinc.org/frame-main.htm
  6. http://www.desertfishes.org/meetings/1999/call99.html
  7. http://www.tourbymexico.com/tamps/victoria/victoria.htm
  8. http://www.tourbymexico.com/tamps/tampico/tampico.htm