University of New Mexico (UNM) at Albuquerque

University of New Mexico Overview

Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas.

Offering a distinctive campus environment with a Pueblo Revival architectural theme, the campus buildings echo nearby Pueblo Indian villages. The nationally recognized campus arboretum and the popular duck pond offer an outstanding botanical experience in the midst of one of New Mexico's great public open spaces.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of New Mexico  (UNM) at Albuquerque.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 20th August 2018- 15th December 2018  14th January 2019 - 11th May 2019

Please note that students will not be able to study at this institution for the 2018-2019 academic year.

ALL Exchange Students must attend a new student check-in session (two hours long) AND the international orientation.  Both of these are required!


Students spend $350 to $650 a month for rent. You will find all kinds of restaurants just across from UNM where you can find rather cheap meals but there is a good amount of food corners on campus as well. However, money for food can be saved by smart grocery shopping and home cooked food.  Depending on your eating habits you should calculate with at least $300 a month for food. You will also have to calculate money for trips and events.


Semester and Yearlong Housing Options

Students can find all the information about housing options by visiting the Housing webpage. Exchange students should be mindful of the length of their program before signing any housing contracts or leases. Clarify before signing that those of you who will only be here for one semester will be able to leave the contract after 6 months.  

You should think carefully about the kind of housing experience you want.  There are advantages and disadvantages to living on campus or off campus that you should consider carefully before you decide.  Please read the housing brochure for more information.  Regardless of the permanent housing option you choose, you need to be prepared to pay for temporary housing when you first arrive (early move-in for on-campus residents, hotel, etc.).  You can also choose to use the non-UNM ISI volunteer airport pick-up and temporary home-stay service listed above or contact students from your home country or department about a temporary home-stay.

To view UNM campus housing options, visit the webpage and sign up as soon as possible to have the best chance at getting your first choice.

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.