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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|
|Pre-requisites:||No||Language courses available:||Yes|
|Language requirement:||No||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|
Tecnológico 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 Puebla campus has international and national accreditations, awards and certifications as both an institution and as as campus, specializing in three main areas: impact on the community, support services and its academic programs. Not only will you be living in Mexican society where you can experience the richnfess of Mexico’s culture, but you will also be able to take Spanish language classes and put theory into practice in your everyday life.
ITESM Puebla is located in Mexico’s southern city of Puebla nestled at the base of two volcanoes. The city retains a well-preserved historical center, a stunning cathedral and a wealth of 70 beautiful churches. On the other hand, Puebla’s youth are creating a thriving art and nightlight scene. More than a thousand colonial, tiled buildings line the city streets dotted with restaurants mirroring Puebla’s long culinary history. Additionally, Puebla is Mexico’s fourth largest Metropolitan area and serves as one of the main industrial hubs for eastern Central Mexico.
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 Programs Office.
- 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 (August to early December)
- Spring Semester (January to May)
- Full 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 Puebla campus programs offer 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 include topics such as:
- Spanish as a Foreign Language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels)
- Doing Business in Mexico
- Mexican Culture
- Civilizations and Culture of Latin America
- History of Mexican Art
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.
At the ITESM Puebla campus there are two different accommodation options:
ITESM Puebla opens numerous non-coed residence halls exchange students a short 10 minute walk from campus. Different room options are available from single to double occupancy. Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, closet, sink and mirror. Services include cleaning, security, self-service laundry, wireless internet, kitchen and transportation to and from campus.
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 and 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 Cost Comparison||$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.
ITESM Puebla Campus
ITESM Puebla Academic Options
ITESM Puebla Course Catalog
ITESM Puebla Accommodation Options
List of Summer 2017 ITESM Programs
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Puebla, Mexico City Guide
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."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
For more information about the exchange program to Tecnologico de Monterrey, Puebla Campus, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz in the Study Abroad Programs Office.