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# 1201-1400

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40

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86

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4

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Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) is located in downtown Puebla City – two hours from the International Airport in Mexico City.

It is a university city whereby education is the primary outgoing.

Some of the institutions main strengths include:
•    Academic quality: UPAEP has more than 40 years of experience in the realms of education. More than 60 of the professors belong to the National Research System, and have a strong focus on the professional and personal developments of students.
•    Humanist background: The professional design of UPAEP is based on educational criteria. UPAEP’s identity is at the heart of its mission
•    Educational model
•    Internationalization: Global vision is fundamental at UPAEP from bachelor’s degree level to postgraduate

Although UPAEP has a multicultural character the main language spoken at the university is Spanish, but a majority of the classes incorporate English too.

The Languages Center offers classes in English, German, Chinese Mandarin, Italian, French, and Spanish for international students.

To find out more about the programs, you can visit the social media pages: Facebook; YouTube; Instagram; Twitter; LinkedIn
 


U50 Educational Model

The U50 Educational Model set up the path that UPAEP follows towards its 50th anniversary. The institutional philosophy, identity, and pedagogical approach are the fundamentals of the model, addressing its purpose to the achievement of the common good while responding to social challenges, thus creating streams of thought and molding leaders willing to transform society.

Our educational model takes inspiration from the phrase "Duc in Altum," which means "put out into the deep." The message encourages us to face new challenges in the search for the common good, by experiencing the value of education that strengthens its potential to transform social structures, within a culture of respect to human dignity and peaceful coexistence.

UPAEP's history and ideas are transmitted through the educational model, as well as through a system of comprehensive humanist education under Cristian thought (FIXH), socially-relevant academic systems (SAPS), and the transformational leadership program.

The U50 Educational Model is dynamic, open, and flexible; it encourages an educational vision that mobilizes and transforms society from a human person approach. Such transformation occurs in the light of knowledge and significant experiences in all areas of academic life. Social mobilization requires promoting truth as a basis for the construction of the common good.

The model integrates three distinctive dimensions that encourage engagement in the process of continuous analysis, reflection, and dialogue while providing scenarios for ethical discussion.

These dimensions are:

  • Transparency and organizational commitment.
  • Transversality and interculturality.
  • Transcendence and transformation.

 

Transparency and organizational commitment. It involves the achievement of mutual goals gathering together all the efforts from areas and personnel considered within the organizational structure. Academic and formative functions are a priority, focusing the attention of management activities on these. This dimension promotes transparency in academic and management activities to ensure the fulfillment of all institutional goals under UPAEP's vision, which unifies the efforts of the university community as a whole.

Transversality and interculturality. It includes all the activities designed and evaluated according to the fundamentals and to the system of comprehensive humanist education under Cristian thought (FIHX), transmitted into all core activities; particularly, teaching, research, and university relation with society.
Programs are flexible, interdisciplinary, and intercultural, and they promote global thinking. They constitute a proposal of value and the foundations for the construction of the common good.

Transcendence and transformation. It explains how the educational process is a continuous and collaborative journey under the FIXH system, offering high-quality professional training in which academic excellence and specialists in different areas of knowledge provide a unique learning environment. The grounds of a professional orientation is the service commitment attitude centered on responsible solutions to address social problems while creating significant learning experiences through life projects that bring meaning and purpose.

Every formative process within this educational model empowers students to reach their full potential as human beings and to contribute to society's improvement. The students decide over their own needs for education, and the academic staff assumes the role of a mediator within the teaching-learning process.

The personal encounter through learning moments and significant authentic experiences is the way to achieve Transformational Leadership.  At UPAEP, leaders can observe, judge, act, and influence different environments with integrity and congruence, practicing ethics and service.

The U50 Educational Model centers itself on the person and their human dignity in an environment of authenticity and meaningful work that explores numerous possibilities to develop abilities and skills. The pedagogics offer a high level of personalization and accompaniment.

Our educational model implements learning methodologies such as challenge-based learning, project-based learning, research-based learning, problem-based learning, relations-based learning, and service-learning, all of which encourage student involvement. In order to develop comprehensive and socially-relevant projects, the model gathers many other different methodologies.

Learning outcomes are the framework to foster and develop the UPAEP's student profile, which contributes to evaluating student transformation systematically.


 

COVID-19 Information: Please check the Admissions tab

 

Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) is located in downtown Puebla City – two hours from the International Airport in Mexico City.

It is a university city whereby education is the primary outgoing.

Some of the institutions main strengths include:
•    Academic quality: UPAEP has more than 40 years of experience in the realms of education. More than 60 of the professors belong to the National Research System, and have a strong focus on the professional and personal developments of students.
•    Humanist background: The professional design of UPAEP is based on educational criteria. UPAEP’s identity is at the heart of its mission
•    Educational model
•    Internationalization: Global vision is fundamental at UPAEP from bachelor’s degree level to postgraduate

Although UPAEP has a multicultural character the main language spoken at the university is Spanish, but a majority of the classes incorporate English too.

The Languages Center offers classes in English, German, Chinese Mandarin, Italian, French, and Spanish for international students.

To find out more about the programs, you can visit the social media pages: Facebook; YouTube; Instagram; Twitter; LinkedIn
 


U50 Educational Model

The U50 Educational Model set up the path that UPAEP follows towards its 50th anniversary. The institutional philosophy, identity, and pedagogical approach are the fundamentals of the model, addressing its purpose to the achievement of the common good while responding to social challenges, thus creating streams of thought and molding leaders willing to transform society.

Our educational model takes inspiration from the phrase "Duc in Altum," which means "put out into the deep." The message encourages us to face new challenges in the search for the common good, by experiencing the value of education that strengthens its potential to transform social structures, within a culture of respect to human dignity and peaceful coexistence.

UPAEP's history and ideas are transmitted through the educational model, as well as through a system of comprehensive humanist education under Cristian thought (FIXH), socially-relevant academic systems (SAPS), and the transformational leadership program.

The U50 Educational Model is dynamic, open, and flexible; it encourages an educational vision that mobilizes and transforms society from a human person approach. Such transformation occurs in the light of knowledge and significant experiences in all areas of academic life. Social mobilization requires promoting truth as a basis for the construction of the common good.

The model integrates three distinctive dimensions that encourage engagement in the process of continuous analysis, reflection, and dialogue while providing scenarios for ethical discussion.

These dimensions are:

  • Transparency and organizational commitment.
  • Transversality and interculturality.
  • Transcendence and transformation.

 

Transparency and organizational commitment. It involves the achievement of mutual goals gathering together all the efforts from areas and personnel considered within the organizational structure. Academic and formative functions are a priority, focusing the attention of management activities on these. This dimension promotes transparency in academic and management activities to ensure the fulfillment of all institutional goals under UPAEP's vision, which unifies the efforts of the university community as a whole.

Transversality and interculturality. It includes all the activities designed and evaluated according to the fundamentals and to the system of comprehensive humanist education under Cristian thought (FIHX), transmitted into all core activities; particularly, teaching, research, and university relation with society.
Programs are flexible, interdisciplinary, and intercultural, and they promote global thinking. They constitute a proposal of value and the foundations for the construction of the common good.

Transcendence and transformation. It explains how the educational process is a continuous and collaborative journey under the FIXH system, offering high-quality professional training in which academic excellence and specialists in different areas of knowledge provide a unique learning environment. The grounds of a professional orientation is the service commitment attitude centered on responsible solutions to address social problems while creating significant learning experiences through life projects that bring meaning and purpose.

Every formative process within this educational model empowers students to reach their full potential as human beings and to contribute to society's improvement. The students decide over their own needs for education, and the academic staff assumes the role of a mediator within the teaching-learning process.

The personal encounter through learning moments and significant authentic experiences is the way to achieve Transformational Leadership.  At UPAEP, leaders can observe, judge, act, and influence different environments with integrity and congruence, practicing ethics and service.

The U50 Educational Model centers itself on the person and their human dignity in an environment of authenticity and meaningful work that explores numerous possibilities to develop abilities and skills. The pedagogics offer a high level of personalization and accompaniment.

Our educational model implements learning methodologies such as challenge-based learning, project-based learning, research-based learning, problem-based learning, relations-based learning, and service-learning, all of which encourage student involvement. In order to develop comprehensive and socially-relevant projects, the model gathers many other different methodologies.

Learning outcomes are the framework to foster and develop the UPAEP's student profile, which contributes to evaluating student transformation systematically.


 

University information

COVID-19 Information: 

  • What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours?

Because of the contingency, public tours have been canceled. In order to continue providing an overview of UPAEP's facilities, we used our 360° video tour technology from the official website to create a brand new video in which web visitors can have a guided tour. The video is published at: https://youtu.be/tuLYnQ62Nf8.

  • How can applicants contact the university about their application?

University’s staff continues serving applicants via WhatsApp at 2225799018; also, they can send us a message to [email protected]. Besides, by reviewing information the academic programs on our website, they have open access to a virtual office created by UPAEP’s promotions department to provide service. 

  • How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been canceled?

As an institutional policy, no exams have been canceled, and admission exams continue to be held online. We send information to applicants with instructions to carry out this part of the admission process.

  • What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?

TOEFL test is applied only at the language labs; for this, we have instructed applicants to wait for new dates. In the case of English courses, they are given online as well as the proper exams within the programmed dates.

  • How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?

Students who applied for an exchange program during March, are currently receiving university’s acceptance letters via email as a temporary measure, while the physical letters required to obtain their Visa, are being sent to their homes. Students who submitted their application after March should wait until all restrictive public health measures end, to elaborate and sign letters, which are officially addressed to different embassies and consulates around the world.

  •  Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?

The university is still accepting applications because the admission process is carried out online. International applicants have no restrictions; they are being informed that the acceptance letters required to apply for a Visa, will have a delay after the end of the public health emergency contingency.

  •  How are applications for university accommodation being handled?

Applications are being managed as usual. Students fill out and submit the application form online through UPAEP’s official website to receive the corresponding service.
https://upaep.mx/residencias

  •  Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e., test results, required documents)?

Requirements continue to be the same, but, due to the closing of educational institutions, national aspirants have a special treatment regarding documents because it would not be possible to request updated documents.
International aspirants are sometimes required to sign a letter of commitment in order to submit the required documents within a reasonable deadline.

 

 

The admissions process to UPAEP varies depending on the level of study you’re applying to.
In general, you will need the following things:

•    Have the appropriate previous grade/degree for your desired qualification at UPAEP
•    For a bachelor’s degree, you need to be under 23 years old
•    Have the relevant identification documents (INE, passport, birth certificate etc.)

For international students, you’ll need:

•    Birth certificate (legalized as appropriate) translated into Spanish
•    Transcript, academic records, qualification certificate etc.
•    Copy of your passport

 

UPAEP has two campuses – one in the city of Puebla and another in the city of Tehucán. Also, students can utilize UPAEP internet in association with the Intercontinental University located in Mexico City.

Facilities at UPAEP:

The university has 100 laboratories for teaching and 12 exclusively for research/investigation. Some of the most relevant ones include:
•    Automotive
•    Civil, Industrial and Electronic
•    Manufacturing
•    Mechatronic
•    Psycho-cognition
•    Virtual reality
•    Dental clinic
•    Business center
•    Law firm

Outside of teaching facilities, there are also:
•    Agriculture areas
•    Health center
•    Liaison center
•    Sports facilities
•    Quinze restaurant
•    Library
•    CESAT

Available support systems at UPAEP include:
•    Library
•    Videoconferencing
•    University computer center with 22 different rooms
•    EATI (Education supported by information technology): This includes the use of blackboard and working in teams

 

Total students

10,241

UG students

85%

PG students

15%

Total faculty staff

743

Domestic staff

%

Int'l staff

%

Student life

Four percent of the student body are international students. The most commonly represented countries are Columbia, the US, Germany, Ecuador, France, Cuba, the UK and more.

UPAEP offers a number of extracurricular activities including theater, singing, dancing, boxing, crossfit etc. Similarly, the UPAEP museum offers diverse exhibitions about the university community and society in general.

Students can also utilize traveling around Puebla State, as well as other regions including Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero.

UPAEP students have two residential options:

•    UPAEP university accommodation: Four buildings where students have access to 24-hour security, WiFi, study areas, television room, cafeteria etc.
•    Zones near the university: As a urban university, there are a number of options available to live on your own, or with flat mates – with excellent transport links and services.



 

80 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates and 90 percent of postgraduates find work after graduation.

The university has a job placement program with conferences and meetings. In terms of networking, graduates can meet with program representatives.

 

 

 

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2023
    #1201-1400

Ranking criteria

4.4
Academic Reputation
6.5
Employer Reputation
20.7
Faculty Student Ratio
1.2
Citations per Faculty
3
International Faculty Ratio
2.2
International Students Ratio
1.4
International Research Network
7.4
Employment Outcomes
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Available programs

There are a number of undergraduate programs available at UPAEP.

The usual entry requirements for undergraduates are:
•    Prove your identity
•    You have to have completed your baccalaureate and undergo an admissions exam
•    You need to be under 23 years old

Required identity documents
•    Birth certificate
•    INE
•    Passport
•    CURP
•    For medical students, you can be no older than 23 years when teaching starts

Highschool certificate
An official transcript showing the grades of every course taken semester by semester.

To apply for enrollment in the spring season (starting in January), it is required to submit a full transcript that certifies the completion of high school.

Applicants for the Medicine program shall have a minimum grade point average of 8.5 up to the fourth semester or equivalent.

Requirements for international students:
•    Birth certificate (legalized as appropriate) translated into Spanish
•    Transcript, academic records, qualification certificate etc.
•    Your school leaving certificate translated into Spanish
•    Copy of your passport

For more information, please visit this link.

Tuition fees at undergraduate level are charged per unit. The cost per unit may vary, for example, in the fall 2020 season, the cost per unit is $1,578.00 (MXN)*. The average number of courses to enroll per semester is six, that is, depending on the number of units each course has, approximately 36 units, which amounts to $56,808 (MXN)* for total tuition fee on the fall 2020 season.

UPAEP offers a number of financial funding for students, through the financial services department. Find out more here.

Financial aid carried out in partnership with Corporativo Laudex and Grupo Santander, offer a payment plan to study any program from undergraduate and graduate degrees at UPAEP.

Discover how you can apply for an undergraduate course here.


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There are a number of postgraduate courses available at UPAEP.

At master’s level, there is everything from health science, business and engineering and everything in between.

There are also a number of doctorate fields of study available too.

Applicants to graduate programs may sign in within UPAEP’s admission platform. Students will need the following documents:

Identity card
•    Birth certificate
•    INE (voting card)
•    Copy of passport
•    CURP (registration and personal identification code)

Previous degree verification

•    Bachelor’s degree certificate
•    Professional license
•    Bachelor’s degree transcript
•    Certificate of professional examination with an issuance date of no more than one year

For CONACYT programs
•    Master’s degree transcript
•    Bachelor’s degree certificate
•    Recommendation letters
•    CV
•    English language certificate

CONACYT is a Mexican national institution with independent procedures and policies. Applying for a scholarship is not part of UPAEP's admission process, to review more details about CONACYT scholarship visit here.

If you’re an international student, you can consult this link for additional information.
Tuition fees vary depending on whether you’re studying for a master’s or doctorate. Programs are charged per unit.

For a master’s it is around US$121 (MXN$2,880) per unit and US$136 (MXN$3,378) for doctorates.

On average, a graduate student enrolls on two courses per season, if both courses** have 6 units, that is 12 units, which amounts to a total tuition fee of $34,560 (MXN) for a Master’s degree program or $40,536 (MXN) for Doctorate program.

At postgraduate level, students can apply for different scholarships including:
•    SEP scholarship
•    CONACYT scholarship
•    Laudex Educational Credit

To find out more about postgraduate scholarships, please follow this link.

International students can apply via the following link.

The admission process for foreign applications requires you to scan and upload documents in the appropriate format file and quality according to the instructions. The documents to submit are:

  • Birth certificate apostilled or legalized as appropriate and, if applicable, to attach translation into Spanish or, Naturalization Certificate if any
  • Baccalaureate school diploma (or equivalent) and translation into Spanish if applicable
  • Transcript or grade certificate of a three-year baccalaureate school program (or equivalent)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate apostilled or legalized and, if applicable, to attach a certified translation into Spanish
  • Copy of the passport cover


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