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Tec de Monterrey-Monterrey

Program Location Monterrey, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20220
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Application Details: Application Currently Closed
Due to the Travel Warning issued by the US State Department, students are currently unable to study in Monterrey. Please refer to the Tec de Monterrey program in Queretaro instead.

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Mexico is a traveler's paradise, crammed with a multitude of opposing identities: desert landscapes, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient ruins, teeming industrialized cities, time-warped colonial towns, glitzy resorts, lonely beaches and a world-beating collection of flora and fauna. Up along the northern border, Mexico's tumult of heritages merge with the air-conditioned cultures of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Mexico's profusion of people and landscapes reflects the country's extraordinary history - part Amerindian, part Spanish. One look at this country is enough to remind visitors that there is nothing new about the so-called New World. Despite the considerable colonial legacy and rampant modernization, almost 60 distinct indigenous peoples survive, largely thanks to their rural isolation. This mix of modern and traditional, the clichéd and the surreal, is the key to Mexico's immense popularity as a travel destination, whether your passion is throwing back margaritas, listening to howler monkeys, surfing the Mexican Pipeline, scrambling over Mayan ruins or expanding your Day of the Dead collection of posable skeletons.

Purdue University offers a student exchange program with the Instituto Technológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec), one of the leading universities in Mexico. 'The Tec' as it is called in Mexico, is particularly strong in agriculture, engineering, management, science, and liberal arts (especially Spanish and international relations)

The Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, commonly known as Monterrey Tech, was founded in 1943 by a group of entrepreneurs headed by Don Eugenio Garza Sada. Seeking to educate professionals and equip them with the skills needed to succeed in the business world, Monterrey Tech has developed into an institution recognized, nationally and internationally, for its academic excellence. A private non-profit nationwide university system, Monterrey Tech is comprised of 29 campuses spread throughout 26 Mexican cities.

The capital of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey rests in a valley surrounded by the jagged Sierra Madre mountain range. The distinctive Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Mountain) provides a dramatic backdrop for a city that blends the old and new, industry and style, tradition and efficiency. The downtown area features magnificent plazas and gardens highlighted by a pedestrian mall to the west and a historical district to the east.

Even with its large population -- it's the third largest city in the country -- Monterrey is one of the safest cities in the country. In December 1999, Fortune Magazine touted Monterrey as "the best place to do business in Latin America." Many of the country's diplomats, manufacturing plants, retail, and banking corporations have chosen Monterrey as their headquarters. Having many of these corporations in the city provides you with numerous internship opportunities.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


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Candlelight vigil

The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-4 sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Engineering][College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences][College of Science][Polytechnic Institute][Interdisciplinary and Special Programs]
Specifically from: CDFS, CSR, F&N, HTM, HK, PSY & SLHS (HHS) and ENTR (Interdisciplinary & Special Programs)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
Regarding the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program: Click here for a list of the specific classes that have been approved for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.


There are three housing options available at Monterrey Tech: Residence Halls, Host Families, and Off Campus.

Living in a residence hall gives you the opportunity to make new friends from Mexico and all over the world. International students are assigned Mexican or other Spanish - speaking roommates, so they can practice Spanish and quickly make new friends. Conveniently located, the Residence Halls are only a short walk away from campus facilities. Monterrey also offers a complete accommodation package that includes lodging, laundry, and one meal per day in any campus cafeteria.

The Host Family Program provides students a unique opportunity to live in a Mexican home, and experience the different aspects of the Mexican family lifestyle and local traditions.

Monterrey provides information about off-campus housing (upon request) as well as offering assistance in understanding rental agreements, legal issues, etc.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2010

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program FeeTBA
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$800.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information
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Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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