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Universidad de Monterrey

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Program Snapshot

Universidad de Monterrey offers a unique model of liberal arts education that includes co curricular activities, integrated internships, and social service and volunteering opportunities. UDEM is located in Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico and an industrial and business center in Latin America. Numerous cultural and academic activities are organized during the semester providing an excellent opportunity to immerse in Mexican life and culture.

Note: there is a current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico. Please consult the section on Nuevo Leon for site specific advisories and information. For more information, please click here.

UDEM is located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, a friendly, safe, and prosperous suburb of 126,000 inhabitants, which is part of the metropolitan area of Monterrey, the state capital of Nuevo León. Monterrey lies in a valley surrounded by majestic mountains about 250 km south of the border with Texas and 1,000 km north of Mexico City. Monterrey is Mexico's third-largest city and one of the nation's most important industrial, financial, and business centers.

It is also home to a thriving artistic community, various museums, theaters, concert halls, a symphony orchestra, a ballet company, and prominent sports teams. The barrio antiguo, the old quarters, with its many restaurants, pubs, bars, discotheques, and vibrant nightlife, is a favorite student hangout on the weekends.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate 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: early August to late May; Semester 1: early August to mid-December; Semester 2: early January to late May.

Fast Facts
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico (pop. 126,000)
Student Enrollment: 12,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, English
University Home Page
Course Information
International Office Website
UDEM International Office Facebook

Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish)
Art, Architecture, and Design (architecture, fine arts, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, textile & fashion design); Engineering (industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, computer technology, animation and special effects); Business (accounting, business administration, economics, human resources, international commerce, international finance, international marketing, international tourism); Education and Humanities (communication, education, humanities, psycho-pedagogy, sociology, philosophy); Health Sciences (biomedical engineering, medicine, psychology, dentistry); Law and Social Sciences (international studies, law, political science & public administration); Graduate Programs (business administration, corporate law, education, graphic design, humanities, industrial & systems engineering, information systems engineering, organizational development, product engineering, quality control management); Research Centers (historic studies, business development, innovation on packaging design, bilingual education, border & migratory studies, interdisciplinary studies [education quality & overcoming poverty], wellbeing, urbanism, architecture and sustainable design, border & migratory studies

Option 2: ISEP Exchange-Spanish as a Foreign Language Courses and Regular University Courses Taught in English
Spanish as a Foreign Language classes are offered at three different levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced). This class may be combined with an increasing number of courses taught in English to complete a full course load.

Courses taught in English
An increasing number of courses taught in English are offered each semester. Please contact UDEM for the current list of classes or visit this link

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate programs are open to ISEP students. Please contact UDEM for specific requirements and graduate courses.

Academic Notes
Regular class attendance is required in order to receive credit (only a limited number of absences are allowed).

Service learning opportunities are available, including unique opportunites for medcine students. Check the Campus Life tab for more information.

Students generally enroll in four to six courses per semester, and spend 12-18 hours a week in class. Semesters are 16 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released in February for Semester 1, in August for Semester 2 and in July for the Full Year. 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:
Language Requirement: A minimum of 3 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.
Language Courses: See Option 2 for information about language courses.
Additional Information: Upon arrival, students are required to take a Spanish proficiency test whose results will only indicate what level of Spanish (if any) students need to register.

Option 2: ISEP Exchange-Spanish as a Foreign 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 2 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 and Semester for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Contact hours per course per week: 3. Credit is awarded for this class, and appears on the regular university transcript with other academic courses.
Additional Information: Upon arrival, students are required to take a Spanish proficiency test whose results will only indicate what level of Spanish (if any) students need to register.
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 may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, by submitting a Language Proficiency Report.

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

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on Course Information.
2. Click on catálogo de cursos. After arriving to the next page, click on the link to the catálogo de cursos and a PDF document with available courses will begin to download.

Housing and Meals
UDEM offers exchange students two different options: on-campus housing and off-campus housing. Students must decide on the option they want by the time they send in their application. Students who choose on-campus housing will have a place ready for them upon arrival and will receive a stipend to purchase meals. Students who choose off-campus housing will receive a stipend to cover room and board. Accommodations for married student housing can be made.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 5,000 to 6,000 Mexican pesos. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

ISEP Students will participate in a special orientation program where they will receive academic, cultural and practical information along with integration activities. Students will have opportunities to ask questions and resolve problems.

Airport pickup is available if arranged in advance.

Student Activities
UDEM offers a variety of clubs and activities. The I-link program assigns "international buddies" to interested students. The I-link program also regularly plans excursions and outings.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Community-service placements and internships can be arranged. Please let UDEM know beforehand if you want to do an internship and in what area so they can help you find a placement.

Medicine students may complete hospital observations or hospital rotations with physicians at local hospitals. An additional fee may apply, and interested students should have an intermediate level of Spanish language. Ask your ISEP Coordinator to contact the Program Officer for Mexico for additional details.

Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) was founded in 1969 by a group of representatives from five Catholic orders, local business people, professionals, and educators with the goal of building an institution of higher learning based on Christian beliefs and tradition, humanistic values and ideals, and social consciousness and awareness. Since then, UDEM has forged a reputation as one of the finest private universities in Mexico, attracting students from across the country. UDEM is recognized for its concept of holistic education (formacion integral), standards of academic excellence, and community service commitment. The university is accredited in the United States by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Total enrollment: 12,158 (2010)