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Tec de Monterrey-Cuernavaca

Program Location Cuernavaca, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20216
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
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Application Details: Application Currently Closed
Due to the Travel Warning issued by the US State Department, students are currently unable to study in Cuernavaca.

Tec de Monterrey-Cuernavaca
Fiesta in Cuernavaca

Of all the countries in Latin America, Mexico welcomes the most number of international exchange students in study abroad programs every year. The Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, commonly known as Tec de Monterrey (Tec), 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, Tec de Monterrey has developed into an institution recognized, nationally and internationally, for its academic excellence.

A private non-profit nationwide university system, Tec de Monterrey is comprised of 29 campuses spread throughout 26 Mexican cities. The international study abroad program is only available on eight campuses, including Cuernavaca.

Cuernavaca was founded in the 12th century by a chichimecan tribe. Its rich precolumbian heritage can be observed in the archeological sites like the pyramids found at Teopanzolco. Even more impressive, is that the city was the home of two of Mexico's most important historical figures: the Aztec emperor, Moctezuma, and later the Spanish conqueror, Hernan Cortes.

Cuernavaca is known throughout the world as the City of Eternal Spring due to its near-perfect climate and a year-round supply of lush, vibrant flora. Located in central Mexico, it is a favorite vacation spot, within close proximity of other exciting cities like Acapulco, Puebla, Taxco, Oaxaca and Teotihuacan,and is just 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Founded in 1983, Tec de Monterrey's Cuernavaca Campus is located in a scenic residential area on the south end of the city.

Cuernavaca's students are close enough to experience the cultural richness of Mexico's capital, while living in a much smaller community where it is easier to meet people. Cuernavaca is home to more than twenty research institutions in such diverse fields of study as Solar Energy, Anthropology, Electricity, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Physics, Marketing and Traditional Medicine.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Tec de Monterrey-Cuernavaca
Historic castle in Cuernavaca

Applications are open to students of all majors. Any Purdue student is eligible if s/he has reached at least sophomore standing at the start of the program.

 Students with the equivalent of 4 semesters of Spanish will most likely be able to choose from all the regular University courses offered at the Tec de Monterrey (depending on the results of a Spanish placement exam given upon arrival in Monterrey).

Students with less language proficiency will be limited to intensive Spanish and the few select courses offered in English (see Academic Program for details).

Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.50 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][College of Technology][Interdisciplinary and Special Programs]
Specifically from: CDFS, CSR, F&N, HTM, HK, PSY & SLHS (HHS) and ENTR (Interdisciplinary & Special Programs)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students choose from two types of courses offered: courses for international students and regular university courses. Many of these courses are offered in English, so students who lack Spanish proficiency may supplement their intensive Spanish language study with culture and/or business courses related to Mexico.

Students with sufficient Spanish proficiency (usually the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish) may choose from the regular courses offered by the Tec de Monterrey. Courses are offered in Agriculture, Management and Business, Food Technology, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Computers, and Social Sciences.

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.


The Tec Cuernavaca campus, through its Office of International Affairs, offers two housing programs.

The Family Program is highly recommended if students want to learn about Mexican culture and improve their Spanish skills. Staying with a host family will give students "real-world" opportunities to practice their Spanish, because in all likelihood, that's the only way they will be able to interact with the family!

This program provides the option of three meals a day, except Sundays. Additionally, the family will supply bed linens once a week and towels twice a week purified water, bathroom tissue and soap. However, students are responsible for their personal laundry. Students choose between a single or a double room. Most rooms have a private bathroom. All the participating families meet with the Tec's program standards. The houses have been classified as Type A and Type B in order to offer more competitive options. Type A are located within walking distance of campus and type B within a 10-10 minutes bus ride from campus.

The second option is the Student Inn Program. The inn is a building typically located on the same property as a family's home. The family acts as administrators and respects the privacy of the students. Six to ten students are housed in the inn, in single or double rooms. The kitchen and living room are shared by all students and it is their responsibility to maintain order and cleanliness. Most Student Inns are within walking distance from the campus or a 10-15 minutes bus ride. Once a week the family cleans the living areas and provides residents with purified water and clean linens. Towels, bathroom tissue, and soap are not included.

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: Fall 2011

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00
Purdue Study Abroad Scholarship (Semester or 2 Semesters) [More Info]- $3000

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$800.00
Books and Supplies$200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,750.00
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 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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Tec de Monterrey-Cuernavaca
Tepoztlan church facade

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

Country map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin