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Tec de Monterrey-Guadalajara

Program Location Guadalajara, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20217
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Eligibility Academics
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Financial Aid Deadline
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Application Details: Application Currently Closed
Due to the Travel Alert issued by the US State Department, students are currently unable to study in Guadalajara.

Tec de Monterrey-Guadalajara
Mexico is a traveler's paradise, crammed with a multitude of opposing identities: desert landscapes, snow-capped volcanoes, ancient ruins, teeming industrialised cities, time-warped colonial towns, glitzy resorts, lonely beaches and a world-beating collection of flora and fauna. The bursting megalopolis of Mexico City is a one-hour flight from the tropical rainforests and Mayan villages of Chiapas. 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.

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 the 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 Guadalajara.

The former capital of New Galicia, Guadalajara rises up majestically over the Valle de Atemajac. The city represents the essence of Mexicanness: traditional, conservative ideas imbued with the spirit of its nearly 500 years of history expressed in a contemporary, cosmopolitan city. The capital of the state of Jalisco, with the second largest population in Mexico, is the place of residence of an industrious, friendly people that have striven to build one of the most attractive, comfortable and richest cities in Latin America.

Guadalajara, set in a fertile valley in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental enjoys an exceptional year-round climate together with the benefits of one of the country's largest hydrological networks. The wealth of this city, which has always played a key role in Mexican history, is evident in the strength of its manufacturing industry, which mainly produces consumer goods, and its intense cultural life.

The Guadalajara Campus was founded in 1991 on 91 acres (close to 225 hectares) of land in the northwest outskirts of the city. Magnificent gardens surround the campus making it a beautiful setting to roam each day. Students enjoy amenities including: 
* The Cyber Plaza - an outdoor computer lab and meeting place. 
* 100% wireless internet connections. 
* A modern gym and Olympic-size swimming pool. 
* Three soccer fields, a 400-meter track, baseball diamond, and basketball, volleyball & tennis courts.

Guadalajara boasts a variety of non-academic activities bound to spark your interest. The campus offers workshops in singing, dancing, and music. Or, if sports is your strength, you're also invited to participate in the intramural tournaments or join our varsity teams and compete in the Inter-Campus Tournaments held each semester. In addition, the International Programs' Office organizes various trips to Michoacan - only a few hours from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Guanajuato and more. For more program information, please visit the program website.


Tec de Monterrey-Guadalajara

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 (depending on the results of a Spanish placement exam given upon arrival in Guadalajara). 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)

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

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. 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.


Students wishing to study in Guadalajara have the option of staying with a host family, in a residence hall, or staying in an apartment off-campus.

The Host Family Program was created in order to give international students a better chance of getting to know the Mexican culture first hand. An international student will have not only a place to live, but also the experience of becoming part of a Mexican family, where he will be able to experience all the colors of the Mexican culture and customs while practicing his Spanish. The attention and care provided by the host families help students to adapt easier and faster to our society and develop a sense of being at home away from home.

For students choosing the residence hall option, the halls are equipped with laundry facilities, a convenience store, medical services, a computer and printing lab, a movie theater, entertainment center with board games and lounge, and a kitchen area (no refrigerator). Each bedroom comes with a private bathroom, bed, desk, drawers and shelves, internet connection, cable TV service (TV is not included), a telephone line, air conditioning, electronic locking system. Students must provide their own bed linens and towels.

For those choosing to live off-campus, students can request a list of apartments from the Tec-Guadalajara International Programs office. The list may contain ads of people looking for other students to share an apartment. They usually post their e-mail and phone number so students can contact them. Another option is to look at newspapers like El Informador, and check out the classified ads. The newspaper has an online version.

The cost of living in an apartment in Guadalajara ranges anywhere from $ 2,000 to $ 7,000 pesos ($ 200 to $ 700 USD) for a two bedroom apartment, depending on location and amenities. Some apartments come furnished but are more expensive.

Students may also decide to share an apartment with Mexicans with everything already settled. This might be more reasonable since students do not need to furnish the apartment. Besides, it is a great chance to practice Spanish and live with Mexican people.

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: Spring 2012

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

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 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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Tec de Monterrey-Guadalajara

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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