University of New Mexico

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. The interesting landscape and beautiful sunsets truly adds charm to the “Land of Enchantment”.

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.

University of New Mexico (UNM) has been continuously accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of (HLC) since 1922.  The HLC accreditation covers all of UNM’s campuses and programs.   

The University has branch campuses in Gallup , Los Alamos , Taos and Valencia County, plus UNM West, an extension campus in Rio Rancho.

Campus facilities

There are over 400 student-run organisations on campus, which include academic, athletic, ethnic, honorary, political, religious, and service groups, as well as fraternities and sororities. UNM uses University Libraries which is the largest system in the state and is housed in four libraries located in the central campus.

As a student at the College of Fine Arts you will have access to the specialised facilities:

The Bunting Visual Resources Library is a combined collection of over 360,000 digital images, colour and black and white slides, and mounted photographs illustrating the history of art and architecture from prehistoric times to the present.

ARTS Lab is housed in the Digital Garage, a black box space outfitted to support performance, experimentation and research in digital graphics, sound and real-time immersive projection systems. The Garage’s major resources include a 15' diameter hemispheric domed projection surface built in partnership with the LodeStar Astronomy Center, a large-scaled motion capture system, and a sizable green-screen environment.

The Fine Arts & Design Library is a resource for all College of Fine Arts students and faculty. The library features a full bank of desktop computers, large collections of publications and films, and access to an array of useful databases: including ARTstor, the Cinema Image Gallery, Dance in Video, the Music Index Online, and many more. 

Academic calendar

Spring semester: Mid-January to Mid-May

Autumn semester: Mid-August to Mid-December

Link to the academic calendar at UNM:

Academic life

At UNM, you will be studying within the College of Fine Arts.

The Department of Theatre and Dance provides a broad, liberal arts education in the related performing arts of Dance, Theatre, and Design for Performance that cultivates critical thinking and analysis as well as helping students build the basic skills for creative expression. Special strengths of the Department include:

  • An internationally acclaimed program in Flamenco Dance
  • An award-winning Dramatic Writing program in which students develop new works for the multi-venue Words Afire Festival each fall
  • Exciting actor training and performance opportunities with the Tricklock Company, the internationally recognized professional theatre company-in-residence at UNM
  • A Design for Performance program that prepares students to work in theatre, the burgeoning film industry in New Mexico, and computer-based interactive technologies
  • An active Theatre Education and Outreach program that provides students many opportunities to develop new work and gain teaching and directing experience in area schools and community organizations. 

The Department of Cinematic Arts is dedicated to the study and practice of film and video as art. In the hope of understanding and enhancing the immense role of film and video in the modern world, the program offers the student a broad foundation in the purposes of art and culture. Although one may study film and video for commercial purposes with little commitment to artistic and cultural standards, in the Department of Cinematic Arts, as in the College of Fine Arts, aesthetic criteria prevail. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts provides a liberal arts background which will enable the student to pursue further education and professional training.  Furthermore, the Department of Cinematic Arts fosters in the student an outlook that is international as well as interdisciplinary. Major films arise in every region of the globe. To learn about these films is to explore diverse cultures. The Media Arts curriculum includes courses devoted to various national and regional cinemas.


Film, Media and Performance Students:

You must choose a minimum of 3 courses or equivalent of 12 US credits from the courses approved by your Head of Programme at Regent's.

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at Regent's University London

  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester (AS =autumn semester = 1st semester SS= spring semester = 2nd semester)

  • Courses must be one semester long. Students may not be allowed to take yearlong courses

  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution

Passing requirements

Film, Media and Performance Students:

In order to pass your SPA  you must obtain a pass in all the courses you registered for.

Students must sit all the exams for the courses they have registered for. Students are permitted to take resit exams on SPA at the host institution.

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing SPA credits.

Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at NMU.


Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history.

At Albuquerque you can soak yourself in blue skies and sun that shines 310 days a year! This place is perfect for outdoor activities such as hot air ballooning, biking or hiking. You can also hit golf courts and spas. 


UNM offers a variety of accommodation options for students who wish to live on campus. You will find more information about each of the residence halls on the UNM Housing website

Prices for on-campus accommodation range from $489/month for a double-occupancy room to $629/month for a single studio apartment with bathroom en suite.

 You may stay in on-campus accommodation for either the full academic year or for onesemester. Students who are coming to UNM for only one semester are especially encouraged to consider living on campus, as short-term housing can be more difficult to find off campus.

Things to consider about on-campus housing:

  • Cost: On-campus housing can be more expensive than off-campus housing. Spend some time comparing rates.
  • Roommates: Single rooms are limited and cost more than shared rooms.
  • Winter and Summer Breaks: Students are NOT permitted to stay in on-campus housing during the winter and summer breaks unless they pay additional fees.
  • Atmosphere: Most residents of on-campus housing are younger undergraduate students.
  • Move-In Dates: Students are only allowed to move in a few days before classes start. Housing does offer an early move-in date approximately one week before classes. However, students who move in on this one available early date must pay an additional daily fee of $30 for each extra day.
  • There is no opportunity to move in between the early and regular move-in dates.

Cost of living

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.


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Students who have been nominated to study at NMU will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance 
You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive medical health insurance covering you for the entire stay in the USA. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Medical care in the US is of an extremely high cost. It is essential that all students have the appropriate health insurance for the duration of their time in the US.

NMU recommends UNM Student Health Insurance Policy (approximately $142 per month), yet it will accept outside insurance policies. Students who wish to obtain their own insurance, will need to ensure that it meets the cover requirements of NMU. You will be required to waive the UNM insurance online to avoid charges.

Visa requirements

All students wanting to study at NMU from the UK must apply for a Visa.

The office is based in London and can be found at:

Mailing Address
24 Grosvenor Square
London, W1K 6AH
United Kingdom

More infromation on student visa can be found here

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


MSC11 6325
1 University of New Mexico
NM 87131

Contact: Susi Knoblauch
Department: Exchange advisor, International Office

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad:

  • Acting & World Theatre - BA (Hons)
  • Film, TV & Digital Media Production - BA (Hons)
  • Screenwriting & Producing - BA (Hons)