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Tec de Monterrey-Querétaro


Program Location Querétaro, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20221
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2015 01/06/15 to 05/21/15
Current Program Dates
Fall 2014 08/05/14 to 12/11/14
Past Dates
Spring 2014 01/07/14 to 05/22/14

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

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Overview
Tec de Monterrey-Querétaro
Catedral de Santiago Querétaro

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, or "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 at select campuses, including Queretaro.

Although Querétaro is one of the smaller states, its capital offers a surprising range of activities, from the golf and riding clubs on its outskirts to Fray Junípero's mission in the Sierra Gorda; from relaxing spas to mountaineering excursions, from the San Joaquín forest to La Huasteca in Jalpan, which can take anything from a few hours to a few days.

The city was founded in 1531 as an Indian town as a result of an alliance between Hernán Bocanegra and the Otomí chief Conin, baptized as Fernando de Tapia, who helped combat the Chichimecs that lived in the region, although the rebellions continued until 1590. During the following centuries, the state became the third largest in the kingdom, while its elite played a key role in the Independence. In 1847, it became the capital of the region and twenty years later, it was the site of the decisive battle between the forces of the Republic and the empire of Maximilian who was shot on June 19 on the Cerro de las Campanas. In 1917, Mexico's current Constitution was drafted and signed in Querétaro.

The work of all these centuries is reflected in Querétaro's numerous churches, monasteries and other constructions. One of the cleanest and safest cities in Latin America, Queretaro's charm invites you admire restored old buildings and impeccable squares. A downtown highlighted by colonial splendor, UNESCO named it the

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Eligibility

Tec de Monterrey-Querétaro
The aqueduct dates back to 1726

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: 2.50 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 Tec. Courses are offered in Agriculture, Management and Business, Food Technology, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Computers, and Social Sciences.

In addition to academic courses, a limited number of unpaid internships are available. The International Programs Office at the Tec assists students in locating internship placements.

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.

Housing

Tec-Queretaro offers a family homestay program. Host families are generally very supportive and help the students learn the language and the culture of Mexico. Tec-Queretaro screens the families carefully before assigning students. The families also go through a cross-cultural training process before housing international students. Housing payment includes 3 meals a day, laundry, room cleaning, up to 3 local phone calls a day, and an individual room (in the summer, the rooms can be shared).

Students who do not want to stay with a family can opt to stay in the Tec residence hall or rent a private room or apartment.

The Tec-Queretaro residence halls are inside campus. There are 80 single or double rooms. Male and female students are on separate floors. The residences also have a 24-hour closed circuit security system. They are equipped with laundry facilities, recreation areas and resident assistance. Staying in the Residence Halls will be both pleasant and safe. Students choosing this option should apply directly to the Residence Hall coordinator.

Students can also try to rent a private room or share an apartment with other Tec or Purdue students studying in Queretaro.

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 2014

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$950.00
Housing$1,800.00
Visa$50.00
Books and Supplies$200.00
Meals$1,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,000.00
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-Querétaro
Plaza de Armas at Querétaro

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.

Resources

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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.

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