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Volunteer Opportunities, Internships, Spanish Language Classes and Courses in English! UPAEP offers scholarships for a two week language preparation course prior to the beginning of each semester. Practice your Spanish before regular university courses with this wonderful opportunity!

Scholarships include the cost of the spanish course, cultural activities and housing for the first two weeks (meals not included). Refresh your Spanish or learn some new vocabulary! This course will allow students to adjust to life in Puebla, and begin the semester more confident and prepared. To be considered for one of these scholarships, please list it on your course request list. Please note that the host university makes the final determination regarding scholarship recipients.

After completing this two week language session, students can continue their universities studies in Spanish language, regular university courses in Spanish, regular university courses in English, Service learning, or a combination thereof.

Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at UPAEP.



Location
Please note there is a current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico. No advisory is in effect for the state of Puebla. For more information, please click here.

Puebla is located in the heart of Mexico, in the country's central zone, just 127kms (70 miles) southeast of Mexico City. Puebla is a short trip from Veracruz, Acapulco, the Mayan Riviera and other cities.

Puebla is the fourth largest metropolitan city, with a population of nearly three million people and is considered the "city of the student." It is one of the most important, beautiful and peaceful cities in the country due to its history and industrial development. Puebla is an excellent place to aquaint oneself with Mexican traditions and culture!

UPAEP is located just two blocks from the tourist destination of Juarez Avenue and a few blocks from Puebla's historic downtown, which due to its colonial architecture, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.


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: mid August to mid May; Semester 1: mid August to mid December; Semester 2: mid January to mid May.

Fast Facts
Puebla City, Mexico (pop. 2.8 million)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English
University Home Page
Course information
UPAEP's International Student Website

Programs
Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish):
Academic Year and Semester Exchanges

Courses offered in Spanish:
Arts:
Architecture, Art History, Design & Advertising, Graphic Design, Film Studies and Audiovisual Production.
Business: Business Administration and Logistics, Economics, International Trade, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Culinary Art.
Health Sciences: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition.
Social Sciences: Communications, Journalism, Law, Political Science, International Relations.
Humanities: Pedagogy (Education), Philosophy, Psychology, Educational Psychology, Humanities, Literature and History.
Science and Engineering: Agriculture [Animal & Plant Sciences], Veterinary Medicine, Mechatronics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biotechnological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Bionics, Autoparts Manufacturing, Automotive Design, Software and Computer Systems Engineering, Information Technology.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange-Spanish as a Second Language and Regular University Courses (English):
Academic Year and Semester Exchanges

Spanish as a Second Language courses are offered at a variety of different levels. Taken in addition with courses offered in English (see below), and Liberal Arts Service Learning, students will be registered full time. Liberal Arts Service Learning is a credit bearing volunteer program where the students participate in special service activities they select in the Mexican community.

Option 3: ISEP Exchange: Pre-Med Program (Spanish)
Fall semester only (August to December)

Pre-Med students, Health Sciences students, and students with a sufficient background in science may enroll in UPAEP´s Pre-Med Program. This 3 credit program offers students a unique look inside Mexican health care, hospitals and public health issues. The Pre-Med program consists of three principal components:
  • Shadowing a local physician: Each week a student will shadow a local physician for 3-8 hour per week, and have the opportunity to observe doctor-patient interactions, procedures, and in some cases, observe surgeries in the operating room. Students are typically assigned to doctors in local public hospitals.
  • Lectures: Students will attend 4 to 10 lectures from physicians regarding the health system in Mexico. Topics of lectures will vary by semester.
  • Meetings with supervising physician: Students will meet with a local supervising physician between 6 and 8 times per term to discuss questions and observations.
In addition to the Pre-Med program, students will enroll in sufficient courses (in English, Spanish, or Spanish as a Second Language) to reach full time status. Please note: there is an additional fee to participate in the Pre-Med program, to be paid directly to UPAEP. For further information on this program, please contact the Program Officer for Mexico.

Courses taught in English
Courses offered in English vary from one semester to another. Examples of courses taught in the past include: Examples of courses taught in the past include: Sustainable architecture; European Studies; North American Studies; Comparative Business Law; Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies; Information Systems; Systems of Government; Consumer Behavior; Quantitative Research; Seismic Engineering; Nutritional Evaluation; Introduction to Nutrition; Psychiatry; Immunology; International Private Law; Judicial Topics in Mexico; Legal System in Mexico; European Law; Asian Studies; Political History of North America; Esthetics of Documentary Films; Campaign Evaluation; Promotional Advertising Strategies.

For the most current list, contact the Program Officer for Mexico.

Academic Notes
Courses of interest to ISEP participants include:The Psychology of the Mexican, The Mexican Political System, Mexican and Latin American Politics, The Mexican Business Environment, and Latin American History and Culture.

All undergraduate programs, as well as all co- and extra-curricular activities, are open to ISEP participants. Class attendance is required in order to receive credit. Several partial tests and a final examination compose the final grade. Seven is the minimum passing grade.

Students generally enroll in a minimum four courses per semester, and spend a minimum of 15 hours a week in class. Semesters are 15 weeks in length.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS:
Transcripts are generally released in February for Semester 1 and in June for Semester 2 and Full Year.

Language Notes
Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish):
Language Requirement: A minimum of 3 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program,
Language Courses: Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the semester and academic year at multiple levels. Credit is awarded for this class, and appears on the regular university transcript with other academic courses. This course is typically worth 6 UPAEP credits.
Pre-Session: A two-week pre-session language course is offered by UPAEP. UPAEP will provide students with housing, cultural activities and the cost of program tuition; students are responsible for meals during this period.
Additional Information: A language exam is given upon arrival. Students with low proficiency are required to take remedial Spanish language courses . Language clases are offered at different levels from A1- C1 during the semester.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange-Spanish as a Second Language and Regular University Courses (English):
Language Requirement: No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.
Language Courses: Students selecting this option will be required to take Spanish as a Second Language. Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the semester and academic year at multiple levels. Credit is awarded for this class, and appears on the regular university transcript with other academic courses. This course is typically worth 6 UPAEP credits. Students must take additional classes in English in order to be full-time students.
Pre-Session: A two-week pre-session language course is offered by UPAEP. UPAEP will provide students with housing, cultural activities and the cost of program tuition; students are responsible for meals during this period.
Additional Information: A language exam is given upon arrival. Students with low proficiency are required to take remedial Spanish language courses . Language clases are offered at different levels from A1- C1 during the semester.

Option 3:ISEP Exchange-Pre-Med Program (Spanish):
Language Requirement: 4 to 5 semesters of university level Spanish or the equivalent are required. Students need an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish as they will be interacing with patients and Physicians. Language Courses: Students may enroll in Spanish as a Second Langauge (see Option 1)
Pre-Session: A pre-session language course is available (see Option 1)
Additional Information: Students applying for this program will be interviewed via Skype by an UPAEP staff member to determine language level as a part of the formal admissions process. Additionally, all students will take the language evaluation given upon arrival.

REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TAKING COURSES IN ENGLISH:
Non-native English speakerswho wish to enroll in English language courses may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.

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

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

Special Academic Conditions
Graduate degree programs are closed to ISEP participants.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on the Course information. to see the list of academic programs.
2. Click on the UPAEP major or majors which correspond to your major and you will be taken to that program’s course list. You can also click on “ver website” to explore the department website.
3. If you require the syllabus of any course, please contact the Program Officer for Mexico with a list of the required courses.

When selecting courses remember that odd semesters are taught in the fall semester SM1 (August-December) and even semester are taught in spring semester SM2 (January-May).

Housing and Meals
UPAEP offers two basic lodging options: Residence Halls or Homestays. Depending on the student's choice, meals will be either provided primarily by the host family or if living in the residence halls, through a semester meal stipend.

The residence halls are only three blocks from our main campus, are brand new, and a great way to experience Mexican student life!

Accomodations for married students may be available.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES:
Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 4,000 Mexican pesos. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Orientation
Once accepted at UPAEP, the study abroad coordinator send you a welcome packet by mail. It includes and acceptance letter and the International Student Manual. Students who arrive on the official arrival date will be picked up by members of the International Student Club.

UPAEP provides one week of orientation before classes begin. The orientation program covers academic advice, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information. A local tour will help students get acquainted with our campus and touristic sites in the historic downtown.

Also, the international affairs office provides a migratory procedures workshop and a Welcome Party.

ARRIVAL DETAILS:
Students arrivng on UPAEP's official arrival date will be met at the airport upon arrival. Students will need to send their itinerary and arrive before the time indicated in acceptance materials.

Student Activities
UPAEP's campus has much to offer to international students including cultural and sports activities.

Campus facilities include a fully equipped computer center, library center, conference room, language center, bank, cafeteria, film center, gymnasium, outdoor pool and other sports facilities. The university is renowned for its basketball and soccer teams. Student groups are active in theater, dance, chorus, speech, debate, photography and animation.

The international studens may participate in several social activities through the International Affairs Department, such as: The Welcome Lunch, Farewell Dinner, Latin Dance Class (free!), International Experience Competition, trips to Mexico City and Oaxaca. Additional activies are organized by our UPAEP Students (International Students Club) who are committed to integrating international students into the university and are always glad to help the international students with anything and introduce them to life in Puebla. ISEP students can ask to be assigned a student "buddy" to help them with life at UPAEP!

For more information please visit our websites below:
UPAEP Sports
UPAEP Cultural Activities

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Recognized as a private Catholic university with a strong social commitment, UPAEP goes further by offering service learning programs to International Students. Such programs include an important academic component combined with a service in the community which allows students to obtain credits for those programs. Projects in the community are diverse and include most of the main fields of study such as education, nursing, pre-med and medical studies, business, dentistry and liberal arts. Programs are offered during the entire year and tailor made programs are offered upon special request. Hours: 60 hrs of practicum, 10-20 hrs of class and lectures 10 hrs of reflection. 3 credit/hours per program are offered in a regular semester. Please indicate clearly on your course request list if you would like to participate in this program. For additional information visit the Service Learning Website.

Students from an engineering background can participate in credit granting internships at (CESAT Center of High Technology Services). Internships can be full time, 48 hours per semester, for six credits, or part time 15 to 20 hours per semester, for three credits. Those participating in either option will also take Spanish language or regular academic courses in order to achieve full time status. Students in the field of Chemical, Mechanic, Electronic or Mechatronic Engineering can apply. Please indicate clearly on your course request list if you would like to participate in this program.

Full year students with advanced Spanish langauge skills may also be able to participate in internships at companies in Puebla. Please indicate clearly on your course request list if you are interested in completing an internship.

Profile
Founded in 1973 the UPAEP was established at the request of the people of Puebla in order to serve the people in the community. The University is noted for its academic excellence and the number of accredited programs as well as for its Institutional Development Strength.

The total number of university-level enrollees is 8,000. Puebla is known as the city of the student and UPAEP is a university that welcomes students from different states throughout Mexico, mainly from the southeast, creating a diverse and dynamic student population.

UPAEP has an attractive location in an urban setting, just a few blocks from historic downtown Puebla. UPAEP is the ideal setting for the student who wants to know the daily Mexican life. The UPAEP campus is perfectly alligned with public transportation, connecting it to all parts of the city. Shopping centers, movie theaters and night clubs are all located close to campus.

What Past Students have to Say

"Making connections with people around the world is simply life-changing. I've gained so many new perspectives." -Ana Sayavedra 2011-12