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Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) - Monterrey

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The Tecnológico de Monterrey known simply as ¨The Tec¨ is one of the most recognized universities in Mexico and Latin America. The Tec is well known for its degress in science and technology and offers a variety of coursework in humanities. Committed to internationalization, the university boasts a large international student population and uses both English and Spanish as languages of instruction. Internships are available to ISEP students allowing for practical preparation.

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Monterrey, the capital of the state of Nuevo León, is located in northern Mexico; it is a two hour drive to the U.S. border. Monterrey is Mexico's third-largest city and one of its most important industrial, economic, and educational centers. All University buildings are located in the city center of Monterrey, with easy access to most amenities. They are located 5 minutes from the Macroplaza and the old town of Barrio Antiguo, where students can find cafes, restaurant, bars, cultural events, museums, and a vibrant nightlife. It is also a favorite student hangout on weekends.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year, semester or summer.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic Year: late July to May; Semester 1: late July to early December; Semester 2: early January to May.

Summer: mid May to early July.

Summer Program
Select courses from the different academic areas such as social sciences, business and engineering among others at Tecnológico de Monterrey this summer! As the business hub of Mexico, Monterrey is the ideal location for students to learn about business practices while improving their Spanish language skills. Courses are offered in Spanish.

See summer program information

Fast Facts
Monterrey, Mexico (pop. 4 million)
Student Enrollment: 17,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, English
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Course Information
International Students Information

Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses
Academic Year, Semester and Summer Exchanges

University Courses offered in Spanish: Administration and Social Sciences(business administration, economics, finances, international business, law, marketing, public accounting); Agricultural and Food Technology (agribusiness, agriculture, biochemistry, food technology, production, zootechnics); Architecture and Engineering(chemical, civil, electrical, electronic, electronics & telecommunications, industrial, mechanical); Medical Sciences; Sciences and Humanities (chemistry, communication sciences, computer science, information sciences, industrial physics, Spanish literature); Graduate Programs and Research (business administration, manufacturing systems, electronics, computer systems, information systems, finance & marketing). Students who choose this option may also take university courses offered in English, Spanish as a Second Language courses, Spanish for Specific Purposes courses, Mexican Culture and Business in Mexico.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange-Spanish as a Second Language/Spanish for Specific Purposes courses and Regular University Courses Taught in English
Academic Year, and Semester Exchanges

Spanish as a Second Language and Spanish for Specific Purposes are taught at a variety of levels, from beginner to superior. Students may select a full load of classes in Spanish as a Second Language or may take a wide variety of regular university level classes taught in English. To view the different classes available, review this website.

Academic Notes
Areas of interest to ISEP participants include agriculture, architecture, computer science, engineering, food technology, management, Mexican culture, Mexican business and Spanish.

Fields of study include agriculture, architecture, computer science, food technology, management and Spanish. MBA students are also welcome on a trimester calendar. Since 1950, ITESM has been accredited in the United States by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Class attendance is required in order to receive credit. Several partial tests and a final examination compose the final grade. Seventy (70/100) is the minimum passing grade, not less, as in most Mexican institutions.

Semester and Academic Year: Students generally enroll in six courses per semester, and spend 18 hours a week in class. Semesters are 18 weeks in length.

Summer: Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses, and spend 10 hours a week in class for the five week term.

Transcripts are generally released in mid February for Semester 1, in mid July for Semester 2 and Full Year and in mid August for Summer. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish)
Language Requirement: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year from Beginner to Superior levels. Most courses meet for three hours a week, while some may meet for as many as six hours a week. Spanish language courses are only offered during the academic year, and are not available during the summer.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange-Spanish as a Second Language Courses and Regular University Courses Taught in English
Language Requirement: No prior Spanish is required to enroll in this option. Students with 0 to 3 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent may only participate in this option.
Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year from Beginner to Superior levels. Most courses meet for three hours a week, while some may meet for as many as six hours a week.
Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Non-native English speakers who wish to enroll in English language courses must submit a Language Proficiency Report for English, found in the ISEP application.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Please indicate on your course request list if you would like to complete an internship during your exchange. Please note that the internship application deadline is earlier than the final application deadline, and that additional application materials may be required.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click Course Information.
2. Select the level of classes you are interested in, the term and finally the language.
3. Select the filter for Campus Monterrey, and click search.
4. Click on view details to access a course description.

Housing and Meals
Students live with host families. Meals are provided by the host families.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at $300 USD. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses, including: books, local transportation, entertainment, as well as fees not required of all participants, (e.g. computer, science lab fees).

NOTE: Orientation is mandatory for all students.
Example (may vary from semester to semester):
Day 1: Official Welcome, Spanish Placement Test, Academic information, schedule interpretation. In the afternoon we offer an information session in Spanish and English: Registration and Payment process, Immigration Services, Culture Shock, Academic Life, Student Regulations, Housing Policies (both Campus Residences and Host Families.
Day 2: Payment & registration Process, Spanish Test results, Academic Advising.
Day 3: Welcome event for Foreign Students.
*Subject to change.

Airport pickup is offered on the official arrival day.

Student Activities
Tecnológico de Monterrey has modern sports facilities including a gym, pool and exercise classes. Students can also participate in team sports. There are also over 200 student organizations at Tec de Monterrey through the student development department.

The International Programs Office organize trips and excursions during the semester to other cities including places like: Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Merida and Playa del Carmen. Trips have an extra cost and vary depending on destination. Also local field trips to place like museums, natural parks, etc are offered to the students during the semester with an additional cost

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Internships are available in many different fields for students with advanced speaking skills. For more details visit this link. Please note that internship applications are due several months before the program start date. For this reason ISEP recommends applying for an internship at the same time as applying for the exchange.

If a student is not selected by an employer for an internship, there may still be an opportunity to participate in a consulting group. Consulting groups will be teams of students working with professors tofind solutions to the real problems companies are facing.

Founded by a group of Mexican businessmen in 1943, and now considered one of the best universities in Mexico, ITESM is a 33-campus educational system with satellite offices in Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. System-wide enrollment has surpassed 60,000 students.

The Monterrey campus includes an experimental agricultural station, athletic facilities, a theater, two computer centers, and 50 laboratories. There are also many cultural activities. Total enrollment: about 17,000.