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Universidad Regiomontana


Program Snapshot

Located in the heart of Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana is close to all city attractions. With its flexible class schedules U-ERRE allows students to combine studies with internships, volunteer work and recreational and cultrual activities. Students can take dance classes, learn musical instruments and participate in sports workshops or creative arts.

Courses are available in Spanish and English and the language center offers intensive courses in Spanish for non-native speakers. Combine study in the business capital of Monterrey with immersion in the warm and welcoming culture of Mexico. Study, work and live as a U-ERRE "Jaguar!"

Please 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.

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. Monterrey is recognized worldwide as a great host of concerts, sporting and cultural events.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for 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: September to late April; Semester 1: September to December; Semester 2: January to late April.

Fast Facts
Monterrey, Mexico (pop. 4 million)
Student Enrollment: 7,100
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English
University Home Page
Course Information
Courses Offered in English
International Relations Website
About Regiomontana and Monterrey

Undergraduate University Courses offered in Spanish:
Architecture and Design (Construction, Urbanism & Computer Assisted Design); Communication Sciences (Human Relations, Journalism, Mass Media, Publicity, Social Communications, TV & Movie Production); Economics and Administrative Sciences (Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Gastronomy, Government Administration, Hotel Management & Tourism, Culinary Arts, Information Management, International Banking, International Business, International Marketing, Public Accounting, Publicity, Sales Management); Engineering and Exact Sciences (Computer Sciences, Engineering [Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mecatronics, Mechanical], Environmental Chemistry, Information Systems); Humanities and Social Sciences (Bilingual Education, Composition, Psychology, Nutrition and Health); Law (International, Mexican).

Courses taught in English
An increasing number of courses are taught in English. For more the most current list consult this website.

Generally offered: Mexican History and Culture, Globalization, Contemporary Culture, Macroeconomics, Go-to-Market Strategies, Parlamentary Procedures (United Nations Model), Global Marketing, International Markets Research, Promotion, Service Marketing, Teamwork, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Special Topics of Marketing, Market’s Intelligence, Sales Management, Personnel Sales, Creative Workshop (printed media), Production Workshop (printed media), Creative Workshop (tv, media and computer), Production Workshop (tv, media and computer), Leadership, Intercultural Negotiation and others.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate: Business Administration (Administration, Finance, International Management, Industrial Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, Hotel Management); Communication (Media); Education (Educational Psychology, Higher Education); Engineering (Electronic, Information Technologies); Law (Labor Studies, Law [Business, Fiscal, International, Private]).

Graduate degree programs are open to ISEP students.

Academic Notes
U-ERRE has a new and exciting approach to learning, have a look at the teaching methodology and classrooms.

The following fields are especially recommended for ISEP participants: Architecture, Business Administration, Education and Law, Environmental Chemistry, International Business, Marketing, Mexican Folklore, Spanish as a Second Language, and Tourism and Hotel Management (Mexican Food Specialties Lab). An Art and Mexican History course is offered each term for ISEP participants (included in ISEP benefits).

Students generally enroll in six courses per semester, and spend 21 hours a week in class. Semesters are 14 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1 and in July for Semester 2 and 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
Language Requirement: There is no minimum Spanish language requirement for students who will take classes in English. To take classes in Spanish a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. Students taking classes in Spanish should have an intermediate-level of Spanish and are expected to know basic grammar and vocabulary and to understand written and spoken Spanish.
Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester at Beginning, 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.
Pre-Session: A pre-session, intensive Spanish language course (group or individual lessons) can be arranged for an additional fee. Contact hours per course per week: 20.

Non-native English speakers enrolling in courses taught in English may be required to prove English proficiency. Students may take an institutional TOEFL on arrival to prove this, normally a minimum of a 500 pBT score is required.

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
Nursing is closed to ISEP students.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. From the University Home Page select "Profesional" (Undergraduate) or "Posgrado" (Graduate).
2. Select your field of study from the bar on the left. You may select courses from multiple fields of study.

Housing and Meals
Students either live with host families, who provide housing and meals, live in student apartments and receive a meal stipend. To view student apartments located at 15 minutes by bus from the campus, please visit this link.

Pre-arranged housing is organized in double rooms, but students have the option to upgrade to single rooms if they are willing to pay an additional fee.

The university is willing to provide a stipend for off campus housing for ISEP students traveling with spouses.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at $200 USD. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Prior to the beginning of classes students are offered a one day orientation session. The orientation program covers academic advice, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information on city and culture. A local walking tour will help students get acquainted with our campus and after a Mexican lunch students participate in a downtown bus tour and see the tourist sites downtown.

Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be met at the airport by University Officials if given notice at least TWO WEEKS before the official arrival date. If a student arrives on any other date, he should contact the international office in order to arrange pick up. Otherwise, students should follow arrival directions in acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Students can get immersed in local culture by visiting museums, markets and other places of interest within the included Spanish class. A trip to Garcia Caves and Saltillos Desert museum is included in the ISEP benefits. One or two weekend trips to colonial towns or archeological sites are offered each term and students may participate with a small fee.

The cultural division offers the perfect spot to learn and participate in activities and to immerse into culture. Foreign students can participate in dance, Mexican folklore, salsa or hip hop, play theatre, sing, play guitar, bass or drums - if desired, foreign students can even get credit and grades for those activities.

Sports classes are offered for general fitness, such as yoga, tai chi, aerobics. University sport teams offer international students the opportunity to play in internal and external tournaments.

ISEP Students can be paired with local "buddy" students to help them navigate life at U-ERRE.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Universidad Regiomontana has a hands-on approach to education, and emphasizes practical formation.The student employment center maintains a data base with over 7,000 agreements with local and national businesses and receives more then 1,000 job offers per month (internships and professional work). The center is happy to assist international students to find a placement, which may be credit bearing. In addition, entrepreneurial activities are encouraged and supported with workshops and low rent office spaces.

Volunteer work is possible through good will organizations as Red Cross Mexico, orphanages, and others. Students are encourage to engage in local community work. Please advise your ISEP coordinator about your interests in this areas.

The University Regiomontana uses its educational experience of over 45 years to maintain the validity of their original values: tetramestral system, practical guidance, urban location, flexibility in study system studies and in the scheme of tuition, plus a comprehensive program for scholarships and financial aid for their students.

However, globalization forces universities to respond to changing times and adapt their teaching style to the needs of society in order to prepare students to excel in their personal and working life. The university continues to live an evolution in its educational model to meet the mission of transforming society through quality education.

The new educational model U-ERRE features innovative elements including the widespread use of technology, the possibility of learning experiences in spaces that foster academic discussion and social interaction, where the teacher has an important role to promote critical thinking of students from real situations that give meaning to the theory. Learning experiences that students have are collaborative, multidisciplinary and international vision. In addition, the model offers the possibility of national and with international vision, participate in cultural, sports and activities of student groups, forming competitive professionals seeking the benefit of society.

What Past Students have to Say
Learn more about Monterrey, and a general videos about Universidad Regiomontana.