One of the most beautiful campuses in the hemisphere


Michael Novak
Author, philosopher and theologian
UFM honorary doctorate in social sciences

Extraordinary. A true citadel of classical liberal thought


Mario Vargas Llosa
Nobel laureate in literature
UFM honorary doctorate in literature


One of the leading universities in Latin America


Milton Friedman
Nobel laureate in economics
UFM honorary doctorate in social sciences


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.

Disruptor Series

Let’s accelerate freedom!

What if applying the principles of markets and self-organization could significantly raise the success rate of your projects?

Every year, a small group of highly-leveraged policy reformers, entrepreneurs, and disruptors come together in Antigua, Guatemala. Here, they work for two intense days on projects from around the world that hold the promise of expanding human well-being through liberty, using an innovative and effective collaborative format based on self-organization.

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It’s a MOOC! (A WHAT?)

Massive Open Online Course”

Can we create a brand of popular online courses with worldwide reach to communicate ideas on liberty?

In his novel Don Quijote, Cervantes makes the case for stable money, equality before the law, marketplace ethics, racial diversity, religious freedom, and respect for women. What a great opportunity to use imaginative literature to teach the relationship between liberty, prosperity, and human dignity. With UFM’s pioneering online course, large audiences are encountering ideas they might otherwise meet with indifference or reject (12,000 enrolled to date!)

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Hacking the film industry!

How can a book like Human Action compete against the adventures of Che on his motorcycle? Which one touches the hearts of more people?

For liberty to take hold, the public must understand that free enterprise generates wealth, opportunity, and progress. In January 2016, UFM opened the first university-based film school in Latin America to create a pipeline of film entrepreneurs who value the principles that sustain a free society.

Taking on the ivory tower of financial regulation!

Finance Research

The goal is ambitious: To shift financial regulation to more free-market approach.

Around the world, new waves of financial regulation are on the way. Financial markets are the bedrock of a free and prosperous society. Anyone who defends liberty should be worried.

FRC is a catalyst and publishing platform for high-level and innovative research on financial economics. First priority? Focus on analyzing new regulations published at the consultation level to maximize impact on policy decisions BEFORE they happen.


Michael Polanyi

Can we build individual freedom and responsibility into the learning process itself?   

MPC is an intensive, three-year liberal arts program built on learning contracts between students and mentors. The innovative approach uses the principles of individual choice, property rights, and responsibility to create a classical liberal ethos around the learning process itself. Students graduate with a deep appreciation—on a personal level—for the concept of free to choose.

Degrees awarded

  • Associate
  • Baccalaureus artium and scientiae
  • Licenciatura (licentiate)
  • Magister (artium and scienciae)
  • M.D.
  • D.D.S
  • Doctorate


Academic disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Film, Visual Media and Entrepreneurship
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Human Resources
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Social Sciences 

Admision policy

UFM targets the brightest students for admission and 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.

Academic calendar

At UFM, as in most of Guatemala, the academic year begins in January and finishes in November. Undergraduate programs operate on a semester system; graduate programs on either a quarter or a semester system. Undergraduate programs have an eight-week semester break in June and July. Commencements are in May and November.

Language of instruction

Although the language of instruction in most programs is Spanish, visiting professors often give classes and lectures in English. English is also the language of instruction at UFM’s Michael Polanyi College. In all programs, students are expected to have a working knowledge of English. At the undergraduate level, an acceptable TOEFL score is a degree requirement.

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Fifty per cent of Guatemalans live in poverty, the majority in urban slums or remote rural areas. Most talented minds go to waste because poor families need their kids to start working, often long before they hit high school.

UFM founded the ITA scholarship program in 1996 to identify the most highly qualified and motivated students among Guatemala’s poorest and make it possible for them to earn a life-changing UFM degree. In Spanish, ITA stands for Promoting Academic Talent.


He arrived at UFM from Argentina as a young visiting professor in 1990, after catching the eye of UFM founder Manuel Ayau. He had studied under one of Ayau’s mentors and friends, Hans Sennholz, at Grove City College. He was also professor of economics at ESEADE, the graduate school of business in Buenos Aires founded by another Ayau friend, Alberto Benegas Lynch Jr.. Alberto had also also been a visiting professor at UFM, invited by Ayau back in 1974 when UFM was just getting started.

Like Ayau and Benegas Lynch Jr., Juan Carlos would go on to inspire and mentor generations of Austrian economists in the region, especially Argentina and Guatemala.

The relationship with UFM took off in 1999 when Juan Carlos began dividing his time between these two countries. At UFM he directed the Henry Hazlitt Center, in charge of the core courses that all UFM students take related to the principles that sustain a free society. From 2003 to 2011, he was dean of UFM’s Graduate School of Business, where he established a robust program of visiting professors from Argentina that continues today and has expanded to other departments at UFM.

Juan Carlos died suddenly in 2015. To honor and expand his legacy, UFM organized a seminar to discuss a selection of his published papers in defense of a free society.

Seminar in honor of Juan Carlos Cachanosky, Austrian economist and Latin American mentor

UFM Market Trends Getting Traction in Financial Media

Second International Article Published on UFM in 2016

UFM in Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway

Honorary Doctorate Degree for Ruth Richardson


Support UFM


Help UFM

  • Create a pipeline of people and educational products that can successfully communicate and defend the principles of individual freedom in a wide variety of contexts
  • Transform the current campus learning environment into a dynamic collaborative process, in which students are more likely to internalize the values of a society of free and responsible individuals
  • Innovate ways to promote the ethical dimensions of free enterprise that build bridges between liberty and the human spirit

In the United States

For more information or to make a donation, please contact

Friends of UFM

Lisa Hazlett Roberts, executive director

(+1) 904-375-2944

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 71

Stuart, Florida 34995

Friends of UFM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

In Guatemala

For more information or to make a donation, please contact


Universidad Francisco Marroquín

Lissa Hanckel, trustee

(+1) 305-394-6672 (VOIP line)

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