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Universidad La Salle


Program Snapshot

Universidad La Salle offers international students with an array of support services, a wide variety of academic programs, and excellent infrastructure. Our campus is green, safe, inviting and easily accesible.

Please note there is a current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico. No advisory is in effect for Mexico City, and additional information on the State of Mexico is available. For more information, please click here.

Universidad La Salle is centrally located in the heart of the trendy neighborhood Colonia Condesa, which can be easily reached by subway, bus to taxi. It is within walking distance of many restaurants, cafes, bookstores, museums and movie theaters, and only a thirty-minute ride from the Historic Center of Mexico City.

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: late July/ early August to late May/early June; Semester 1: late July/ early August to late November/ early December; Semester 2: late January to late May/early June.

Fast Facts
Mexico City, Mexico (pop. 25 million)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
University Home Page
Course Information
Center for International Education

Universidad La Salle offers 28 undergraduate programs in six faculties:
1. Faculty of Business (Actuary, Business Administration, International Trade, Accounting, Business Information Technology, and Marketing)
2. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Religion Studies, Education Sciences, Elementary Education, Pre-School Education, Psychology, and Philosophy
3. Faculty of Law (Law and International Relations)
4. Faculty of Chemistry (Environmental Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, and Biochemistry & Pharmacology)
5. Faculty of Engineering (Biomedical, Cybernetics & Computer Studies, Civil, Electronics & Communications, Industrial, Mechanical, and Mechatronics)
6. Faculty of Architecture, Design and Communication (Architecture, Graphic Design, and Communication Science)

Academic Notes
Our Administration, Architecure and Engineering programs have been ranked at the top of the country; our Education programs offer courses that may be of interest in the Bilingual Education field; courses in art history are offered through the Architecture School. Other areas of interest to ISEP students, because of its well-known academic level, include Engineering and Chemistry. La Salle is one of 24 FIMPES members with an Academic Excellence Registry given by the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education.

Regular attendance, completion of oral and written projects, participation on class discussions, and partial & final tests are regular practices at La Salle, and they are part of the final grade.

Students generally enroll in four to seven courses per semester, and spend 20 to 30 hours a week in class. Semesters are 16 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released in three weeks after final exams. Transcripts are released after each semester. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirement: A minimum of four semesters of Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. Students must prove that they are proficient in Spanish at the B2 level (intermediate - advanced). Students may prove this if they have taken the DELE exam and have an official score. Students who do not have a DELE exam will take a language assessment exam upon arrival. Students who do not meet the B2 requirement (or who do not test into the B2 level upon arrival) may apply for Universidad La Salle, but will be required to enroll in Spanish classes at an additional fee (approximately $270 USD per class).
Language Courses: Intensive and semi-intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes at additional cost. Grades and credits will be noted on an official certificate if requested by the student. Please note that these classes will not appear on the regular university transcript. Students should verify with their home university if credits from certificates will be accepted for transfer.
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
Courses in School of Medicine are not open to ISEP students.

Hints for Researching Courses
For information on availabile courses and schedules, consult this link.

If course descriptions are needed, please contact the Program Officer for Mexico.

Housing and Meals
Students are accommodated with Mexican families, selected and supervised by the university. Homes are within walking distance of campus. Meals are provided by host families. Housing for married couples may be available upon request.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 2,000 Mexican pesos. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

The orientation program takes place one week before classes start and is mandatory for all exchange students. La Salle students welcome and support exchange students during orientation week. Academic advice, emergency procedures, safety tips, Mexican history and culture are all covered. Visits to tourist sites and cultural activies are also included.

Universidad La Salle will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Universidad La Salle services and facilities include computer labs, library, conference rooms, language center, bank, cafeterias (including a Starbucks on-campus), and fully equipped athletic facilities with a swimming pool and basketball courts.La Salle also offers students emergency medical services and a bilingualdoctor 24/7. Students may participate in sports, cultural and/or social courses and activities. The Center for International Education welcomes and supports our exchange students.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
If requested, ISEP students may participate in volunteer work and/or internships to enhance their experience. For more information on current programs and opportunities, please contact the Social Community Development office at mrg@ulsa.mx or Special Projects at wjv@ulsa.mx.

Founded in 1962, Universidad La Salle is an institution of higher education committed to the integral development of its students. It is part of the worldwide network of Christian Brothers schools established in the 17th century by the French educator St. John Baptist De La Salle. Today, Lasallians institutions are present in 80 countries.