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A&M University Wide Exchange: Universidad de las Americas
Puebla, Mexico (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer 1,
Summer 10-Week,
Summer 2
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Foreign Language - Spanish, Geosciences, Health/Medicine, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Science
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Language courses available:
Yes
Language requirement:
Yes
Language of instruction:
Spanish
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Katy Lane
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
Open to non-majors:
Yes
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:
Universidad de las Américas, Puebla

Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (UDLAP) is one of the top private universities in Mexico. The university is known for its programs in arts and humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, business and economics. Students have the opportunity to take part in student organizations, intramurals, and in the numerous cultural activities.These opportunities allow participants to meet Mexican and other international students, which will increase Spanish language development and allow for students to make and bond with international friends.

Location

Universidad de las Américas is located in Cholula, a suburb of Puebla, in southern Mexico. Cholula has long served as a city of cultural and economic importance on both a regional and an international level, dating back to the times of the Aztecs and the Mayans. Cholula is most known for being home to the site of the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the largest man-made pyramid and monument by volume in the world. Blending together cultural events, modern and traditional foods, and high-quality academics, UDLAP is the perfect location for a student wanting to hone his or her Spanish language skills as well as experience Mexican culture.
 
NOTE: Due to the current U.S. Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico, all students participating in a university-sponsored experience to Mexico must receive approval from the Texas A&M University president prior to departure. The University president approval process is facilitated through the Study Abroad Programs Office. At this time, travel to certain areas of Mexico mentioned in the Travel Warning will be restricted for all undergraduate students. For more information regarding the Presidential Approval Process or travel rules, please contact the Study Abroad Office.
 

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is open to all majors.
  • Students must have taken four semesters of college Spanish, up to the 202 level, and achieved proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty members (forms within application)
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
 Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester
  • Spring Semester
  • Academic year
  • Summer Sessions (Summer I, Summer II, or Summer 10-Week)
Courses

Typically, exchange students interested in studying at UDLAP desire to improve their Spanish language skills and expand their knowledge of Mexican/Hispanic culture through a variety of course offeringsSpanish as a second language courses range from beginner to superior level. The majority of courses are taught in Spanish but a select few taught in English.

Aggies in Puebla

UDLAP offers exchange students the option of taking 
  1. Spanish language and culture classes
  2. Subject classes taught in Spanish
  3. A limited number of subject classes offered in English
However, students with an Advanced or Superior-level of Spanish may take any course offered at UDLAP for which they meet the pre-requisites.
Students may choose to take courses from any of the five colleges and degree programs:
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Science
Additionally, if students would like to study abroad in the summer, that option is also available at UDLAP as part of the exchange.  
The summer program comprises two courses taught in English or Spanish, and a student can choose up to two courses from the following:
• Business and Economics
Cross Cultural Management-Taught in English
International Marketing-Taught in English
Latin American Markets-Taught in Spanish
• Arts and Humanities
 
Mexican Flag

Housing

Students typically stay in on-campus university housing in one of the four residence halls on campus, although there a limited number of homestays available. Students residing on campus will be placed in a suite which they will share with 7 Mexican students. The rooms within the suite are shared with 2 students per room. The suites are equipped with:
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Bathroom & shower facilities
  • Washer & dryer
  • Wireless Internet access throughout suite
  • Fully furnished
  • Swipe-card entry system
  • 24 hours security
  • Television with cable
Also, you have the option to rent linen upon your arrival, but it is not always available on the first night. Please note that kitchen utensils will not be provided.
 
In the Mountains

If you prefer to live off-campus, finding an apartment or house is your responsibility. The International Office at UDLAP does not provide information on apartment availability. The best way to find an apartment is to arrive a few days prior to the first day of the Orientation Week program. You will have to make reservations in a hotel until you find roommates and an apartment.


Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $5,000
REEP Administrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to UDLAP
Accommodations  $1,750
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $800
Meals $2,000
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $1,000
Personal Spending $1,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $11,850+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost  $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
 
Helpful Links

UDLAP English Webpage
UDLAP International Student webpage
UDLAP Summer Programs
UDLAP International Student General Information
UDLAP International Student Guidebook
UDLAP Course Offerings and Information
UDLAP Courses in Spanish
UDLAP Student Housing
UDLAP Student Housing and Photo Gallery
UDLAP Academic Calendar
UDLAP Photo Gallery
UDLAP YouTube Channel
UDLAP TV webpage
UDLAP Student Life and Services
UDLAP TAMU Exchange Student Blog
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Cholula, Mexico City Guide
Mexico Travel Guide


 
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

“My experience in Mexico was outstanding. I witnessed a culture that has many beautiful aspects that I would like to adopt in my own way of living. I dramatically improved by Spanish proficiency, and I formed valuable friendships. As a result of my time in Mexico, I am planning to move to Mexico City upon graduation to pursue a job incorporating my language skills. I firmly believe that every university student should study abroad. The personal evolution is priceless and the experiences are unforgettable.”

Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
 

 
Contacts

For more information about the exchange program at Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, contact Bianca Cusimano in the Study Abroad Programs Office.