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Tec de Monterrey-Cuernavaca

Program Location Cuernavaca, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20216
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

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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.


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.

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 main Tec campus is in the city of Monterrey.

The city of Monterrey was founded in the 16th Century on a narrow plain between the Santa Catarina River and the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Madre range. Today, Monterrey is the leading industrial center in the country and a major financial center. With many rich traditions from its frontier past, Monterrey blends Mexican heritage and international influences. NAFTA has positioned Monterrey as a vital financial, cultural and industrial bridge between Mexico and the international community.

The Monterrey campus reflects the dynamism and rapid growth characteristics of the city where the University got its start. Classroom buildings and residence halls from the fifties stand alongside the bold, contemporary architecture of state-of-the-art laboratories and research centers. Set on 125 landscaped acres, the campus is an island of calm in the fast-paced city that lies just beyond its gates. Students can satisfy all their everyday needs within walking distance.

Facilities include 44 buildings, athletic and recreation facilities, a residence hall complex, a rare book library, and a main library. Computer lab resources include IBM PCs and compatibles, Macintoshes and NExTs in several configurations. In Monterrey, the World Wide Web and the Internet are completely accessible to students.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Tec de Monterrey-Cuernavaca

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 may choose from several Spanish and/or English courses offered through Tec's Programs for International Students. Courses offered are in the following areas: Spanish as a Second Language, Culture, and Business in Mexico.

Course descriptions may be accessed by clicking here.

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 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 respect 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: Summer 2011

Costs per term 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 (Summer) [More Info]- $1000

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$600.00
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 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 Semester Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

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