UFM Facts At A Glance
The mission of Universidad Francisco Marroquín is to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal, and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.
Founded in 1971 as a private, secular, coeducational, nonresidential, and nonprofit institution.
In Guatemala, as in most of Latin America, the educational system concentrates students in their academic or professional discipline from the time of admission. Following secondary school, students are admitted to a particular school or department and, beginning the first year, follow a prescribed program leading to a degree.
Associate, profesorado, baccalaureus artium and scientiae,licenciatura (licentiate), magister (artium and scienciae), M.D., D.D.S, and doctorate.
Architecture, business administration, clinical nutrition, computer science, dentistry, economic, education, film and visual arts, law, liberal arts, medicine, psychology, political science and international relationships, social sciences.
In Guatemala the academic year begins in January and ends in mid-December. Undergraduate programs operate on a semester system; graduate programs on either a quarter or a semester system. Most undergraduate programs have a six-week semester break, from the beginning of June to end of July. Commencements are in May and November.
UFM targets the brightest students for admission and it has the most rigorous entrance requirements in Guatemala. Applicants are required to take a series of entrance exams. All students are interviewed for admission. Women generally comprise 54% percent of the student body.
The University is emphatic that selection of students be based solely on academic criteria. No information on ability to pay, ethnic, religious, or other affiliations is requested at any point in the admissions process.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is Spanish. Knowledge of English is required of all students at the licenciatura level (acceptable TOEFL score is a degree requirement). Students at this level are expected to be able to handle reading assignments and lectures in English. Many key texts used at the University are available only in English and this is often the language of instruction in seminars, courses, and lectures given by visiting professors. The Michael Polanyi College, which offers a liberal arts degree, is entirely in English.
In Latin America, university tradition does not include on-campus residence. UFM, like all Guatemalan universities, has no dormitories either on- or off-campus. Foreign students on their own in Guatemala usually take room and board in a guest house or, if finances allow, rent a small apartment. UFM plans to build an on-campus residential complex by 2020.
80% of ITA scholarship students graduate with honors