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Mexico: Guadalajara - Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Semester Exchange)
Guadalajara, Mexico (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Cost,
To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: USD applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/22/2017
Rolling Admission 08/07/2017 12/09/2017
NOTE: Students will need to arrive for orientation on July 29, 2017.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: 3 semesters GPA: 3.0
Internships: Yes Disciplines offered: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Engineering, Undergraduate
Accomodations: Host families, Residencia Service-Learning: Yes
Research: Yes Class Standing: Must have completed 60 units
Program Advisor: Derek Brendel - Tuition Remission Eligible Program: Yes
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


MEXICO: Guadalajara
Instituto y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Fall/Spring Semester Program 


Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city. Located in the state of Jalisco, the city spreads out over a mile-high plateau 300 miles northwest of Mexico City and 150 miles east of Puerto Vallarta. Its altitude provides Guadalajara with a spring-like climate year round, with high temperatures in the seventies during the winter and summer seasons.While Guadalajara prides itself on maintaining its reputation as Mexico's most traditional city, it has established itself as a modern and efficient metropolitan area.  Today lavish colonial buildings stand side-by-side with ultra-contemporary structures housing communications, computer, and other high-tech industries. Tapatíos (as residents of Guadalajara like to be called) and tourists alike enjoy this combination of tradition and modernity, because it provides urban advantages without the anonymity and overwhelming size typical of many large cities.
Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)  was founded in 1943 by a group of Mexican businessmen who created the association called Enseñanza e Investigación Superior, A.C. (Teaching and Research in Higher Education). In the following years, similar associations were set up to undertake the establishment of campuses in cities other than the city of Monterrey, including Guadalajara. Currently, 33 campuses located in the most important cities in Mexico constitute the Tecnológico de Monterrey Educational System. 

In this program, students will directly enroll at the ITESM Guadalajara campus and take courses taught in English or Spanish. To view more information CLICK HERE.

  • Students are advised to select five primary courses plus five alternates.
  • All courses must be approved by USD for transfer prior to departure. Students are advised to start the process well in advance of the application deadline since processing can take weeks.
  • View the Pre-Approved Course List HERENOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only. 
Spanish Proficiency: TEC de Monterrey, campus Guadalajara helps to place you at the correct Spanish level. All the international students who come from non-Spanish speaker countries have to do the Spanish Placement process. You will be evaluated in three different ways:
  • Online Spanish Test: this test will have to be done by the student before arrival. The instructions will be given by email.
  • One-page paper: this test will have to be done by the student before arrival. You have to write a one-page paper and send it to the Teacher Ana Meza by email ( ). The suggested topics for this paper are: aborto, racismo, guerra, el uso del internet, la importancia del intercambio cultural, la globalización (ventajas y desventajas), el problema de la pobreza en el mundo.
  • Interview: Upon arrival, as part of the activities of the orientation week, you will have a short interview in Spanish with one of the Spanish professor.
Once finished this process, your Spanish level will be determined by the Language department. So you will be able to register in the correct Spanish courses. This process is also required to authorize you to take regular courses in Spanish with Mexicans students even if you are not interested in courses for learning Spanish. 

For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. 

Student may opt to live in student dorms (called 'Residencias') on campus or with a host family. More information can be found HERE.


Orientation: This mandatory orientation is held one week before the beginning of the semester. Students will have the opportunity to be introduced to the ITESM system as well as receive a campus tour. Non native-speakers will be able to take the TOEFL test. Students will also receive counseling on course selection and course registration. Several day excursions will also be planned during the orientation.

Campus Life: As a registered student you can enroll in any sport or cultural class without a registration fee; nevertheless, some of them may require special equipment that you must acquire.
CLICK HERE to view ITESM's Institutional video



To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)