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|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:||English, Spanish||Program Advisor:||Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz|
|Housing:||Dormitory, Homestay||Open to non-majors:||Yes|
|Classification:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Additional features:||Internship, Volunteer|
|REEP Program Type:||University Wide Exchange|
Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, also known as Monterrrey Tec or ITESM, is based in Monterrey but has 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout Mexico. The university offers classes in business, engineering, architecture, liberal arts and sciences. The ITESM Cuernavaca campus is a prestigious, modern institution in the heart of Mexico. It has a steady international enrollment from universities around the globe, offering a fascinating multicultural environment in which students from more than 24 countries. Not only will you be living in Mexican society where you can experience the richness of Mexico’s culture, but you will also be able to take Spanish language classes and put theory into practice in your everyday life.
Cuernavaca is nicknames the “city of eternal spring” with a population of roughly 700,000. The city is located in the tropical region of Mexico on the southern slope of the Sierra de Chichinauntzin Mountains. Cuernavaca has been home to two of Mexico’s most important historical figures: Moctezuma, the Aztec Emperor, and later the Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortez. Shopping malls, theaters, cinemas and a large variety of markets, restaurants and coffee shops can be found throughout the city. At night, Cuernavaca converts itself into a great place to hang out or dance.
- 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
- Fall Semester (August to early December)
- Spring Semester (January to May)
- Academic Year (August to May)
- Summer Semester (Summer I and Summer 10-Week)
Other ITESM campuses accepting Texas A&M University exchange students:
- Ciudad de Mexico
- Estado de Mexico (Atizapan)
- Monterrey (Main Campus)
- San Luis
- Santa Fe
The Cuernavaca campus program offers different courses and internship opportunities. Student can take Spanish language classes from beginning to advanced levels with a select few courses taught in English. International students may register for any number of regular classes that are attended by degree-seeking students; however the student’s Spanish proficiency must have reached the required level. Course options inlcude topics such as:
- Spanish as a Foreign Language (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels)
- Doing Business in Mexico
- Mexican Culture
- History of Mexican Art
- Civilization and Culture of Latin America
Students must complete a Spanish language evaluation test before being able to register for classes in addition to have completed four semesters of college Spanish courses. Exchange students also have the option to pursue undergraduate certificates while studying at ITESM. During the semester undergraduate certificates are offered to international students in a variety of subjects such as Marketing and Sales and International Business with Latin America.
The Cuernavaca campus offers two different accommodation options to students.
Living with a family is the best way to learn Spanish. Homestays include:
- Three meals a day Mondays through Saturday
- Single or shared room with another international student
- Housekeeping and laundry facilities
- Guidance and advice on what else you might need
- Experience of living with and becoming part of a Mexican family
There is an abundance of homes and apartments for rent around the campus, so it is very easy to find a place to live if you choose to live off campus. However, students must be aware of the safety concerns of the neighborhood he or she chooses to rent an apartment in. Students on a limited budget may find living off campus a cheaper option depending on the facilities offered, the proximity to campus and the number of students sharing the 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 ITESM|
|Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)|
|Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies||$900|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$12,000+|
|Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost||$13,636+|
ITESM Cuernavaca Campus
ITESM Cuernavaca Academic Program
ITESM Cuernavaca Course Catalog
ITESM Cuernavaca Accommodations
List of ITESM Summer Programs
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding
Scholarship and Funding Options
Mexico Travel Guide
Cuernavaca, Mexico Travel Guide
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"My experience at Instituto Tecnologico y De Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) as an exchange student in the spring of 2007 was a very rewarding one...As far as my cultural enrichment, the many friends I made in Monterrey, really helped me out. Most of the friends I made either lived in my dorm, or were in the same classes as I. All of my friends were native Mexicans, so I learned a great deal about the country's politics and culture just by talking to them and other people. I suppose that's the best way anyone can really get to know a country, by living there and talking to its people. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience in Monterrey. I could not have asked for a better learning experience than this one. Not only did I learn more about the Mexican culture and improve my Spanish, but I also learned a lot more about myself. I learned more patience and most importantly, I learned that there is a vast, vast world out there outside of our United States with many, many more things to see and teach."
For more information about the exchange program at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Cuernavaca Campus, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz in the Study Abroad Programs Office.