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The curricular model of the Universidad Abierta y a Distancia de México has a competency-based approached that incorporates the advantages of distance learning, enhanced by the use of information and communication technologies, under a flexible operating scheme offering democratic access.

Curricular Structure

The curriculum is based on a year-long academic calendar.

Students who enroll for two academic years graduate with an Associate Degree (2,010 hours or 125 credits).

Students who enroll for four academic years graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree (4,000 hours or 225 credits).

Academic Term Structure

Each academic year is composed of semesters (1,056 hours or 55 credits).

Each semester is equivalent to 288 hours (20-25 credits) of learning in four courses.

Starting the second semester, students decide how many courses they want to enroll in (minimum two, maximum four), respecting the order of the curriculum map and professional training modules.

Professional Education Cores

Modules are divided into three educational “cores” or stages of coursework:

Basic Training Core

The Basic Training Core is composed of the first three consecutive semesters and offers courses relevant to a group of related degree programs. It is divided into two parts: The first part involves students in all majors and is composed of the orientation course and the first semester. The goal of this initial general education is to establish the foundations for the development of basic competencies that will prepare students for the use of virtual educational environments and university education in Mexico. The second part brings together students in similar degree programs; the goal is to establish the specific knowledge needed in each field of professional training.

Disciplinary Training Core

This core covers the suite of scientific, technological, and procedural knowledge, as well as attitudes needed to achieve the specific competencies of each degree. It covers the fourth to the sixth semester for Associate Degree students and extends to the ninth semester for students in four-year degree programs.

Specialized Training Core

This core provides training related to those models, methods, and practical techniques for resolving problems specific to the chosen profession. It lasts three semesters (from the tenth to the twelfth). Students must complete the corresponding professional internship, in addition to completing their social service and presenting their final project to receive credit and obtain the degree in their chosen field of study.