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A&M University Wide Exchange: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Toluca Campus, Mexico
Toluca, Mexico (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer 1,
Summer 10-Week
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
Summer 10-Week 2017 08/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** 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 - Spanish, Geosciences, Health/Medicine, Liberal Arts, Liberal Arts - International Studies, Science
Academic College: Any
Minimum GPA:
Language courses available:
Language requirement:
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
Program Description:
Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Toluca 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 Toluca 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.


Toluca is an indigenous settlement dating from the 13th century located on the southwestern outskirts of Mexico City. The Spanish founded the modern city in the 16th century after defeating the Aztecs and Matlazincas becoming part of Hernan Cortes’ domain. Since 1830, the city has been the capital of the Mexico state, which surrounds the Distrito Federal on three sides. Today, Toluca is the fifth most populous metropolitan area in Mexico. The city has a rich culture with numerous historical sites such as the Temple of La Merced and the Toluca Cathedral. Ttraditional cuisine restaurants dot the city streets. Additionally, Toluca is only second in number of museums to Mexico City.

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 1 letter of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty member (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
  • San Luis
  • Santa Fe

The Toluca 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.

The Toluca 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 Toluca campus offers brand new 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.

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
REEP Adminstrative Fee $300
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to ITESM
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies
Personal Spending
Texas A&M Semester Cost Comparison

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
List of ITESM Summer 2017 Programs
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding Options
Toluca, Mexico 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

For more information about the exchange program to Technologico de Monterrey, Toluca Campus, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz in the Study Abroad Programs Office.