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A&M University Wide Exchange: Tecnologico de Monterrey, San Luis Potosi Campus, Mexico
San Luis, Mexico (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer 1,
Summer 10-Week
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
Pre-requisites:
Yes
Language courses available:
Yes
Language requirement:
No
Language of instruction:
English, Spanish
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Katy Lane Housing: Dormitory, Homestay
Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Additional features: Internship, Volunteer
REEP Program Type:
University Wide Exchange
Program Description:
Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, San Luis Potosi Campus

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 San Luis Potosi campus is a prestigious, modern institution in the heart of Mexico. 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.
 

Location
 
Located in central Mexico, the colonial city of San Luis Potosi was once a revolutionary hotbed. It was an important mining town and seat of government.  Today, San Luis Potosi has maintained its status as a prosperous state capital and industrial center. The colonial core is a great place to wander consisting of numerous plazas and manicured parks that are linked by pedestrian streets. San Luis Potosi’s culture is reflected in its delightful colonial buildings, impressive theater and excellent museums. In 2010, the historic center of the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 
 
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.
 

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 (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
  • Cuernavaca
  • Estado de Mexico (Atizapan)
  • Guadalajara
  • Monterrey (Main Campus)
  • Puebla
  • Queretaro
  • Santa Fe
  • Toluca
Courses
 
The San Luis campus program offers a wide range of courses taught in Spanish, with a limited number 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
  • Civilization and Culture of Latin America
  • Mexican Culture
  • 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.

Housing
 
The San Luis campus offers several different accommodation options to students.
 
Host Families
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
  • Utilities
  • Guidance and advice on what else you might need
  • Experience of living with and becoming part of a Mexican family

Residence Halls
ITESM San Luis campus offers residence halls to exchange students. 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.
 
Independent Housing
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.

 

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
Accommodations
$2,500
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare
$800
Meals
$1,000
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies
$900
Personal Spending
$1,500+
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.
 
Helpful Links
 
ITESM Homepage
ITESM San Luis Campus
ITESM San Luis Academic Programs
ITESM San Luis Course Catalog
ITESM San Luis Accommodations
List of ITESM Summer Programs
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
San Luis Potosi City Guide
Mexico Travel Guide
Currency Converter

 
 
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

Contacts

For more information about the exchange program to Technologico de Monterrey, San Luis Campus, contact Bianca Cusimano in the Study Abroad Programs Office.