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Tec de Monterrey-Mexico City

Program Location Mexico City, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20219
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
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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 Mexico City. Please refer to the Tec de Monterrey program in Queretaro instead.

Tec de Monterrey-Mexico City
Mexico City cathedral

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, 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 Mexico City.

Founded over 675 years ago as the ancient city of Tenochtitlán and capital of the Aztec Empire, today it is has some 22 million inhabitants. One need only to stand in the center of the Plaza of Three Cultures to visually comprehend the undisputed significance of this city. Here, the remains of an Aztec pyramid, a colonial church, and a towering modern office building face one another, a testament to the city's prominence in ancient and contemporary history. Located at the heart of the Americas, Mexico City has been a center of life and commerce for over 2,000 years. Teotihuacans, Toltecs, Aztecs, and European conquistadors all contributed to the city's fascinating evolution, art, and heritage. Although residents refer to their city as simply México (Meh-hee-koh), its multitude of ancient ruins, colonial masterpieces, and modern architecture has prompted others to call it 'The City of Palaces.'

Founded over 26 years ago, the ten-acre (almost 25 hectares) Mexico City Campus includes seven modern buildings and three cafeterias, a student center complete with one of the largest gyms in Latin America, a sports facility that hosts 16 athletic teams, a beautiful library, a computer center, and modern engineering and media labs. International students become part of the global experience - interacting with professors from countries such as Argentina, Austria, Brazil, England, France, Cuba, Russia, the United States and more.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Tec de Monterrey-Mexico City

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

NOTE: Students applying to this program must realize that it is more challenging to study in Mexico City relative to other Tec Campuses. Unless an applicant has compelling reasons for studying in Tec's Mexico City campus, it is recommended that he or she apply to other campuses instead: Cuernavaca, Queretaro, Guadalajara, or Monterrey.

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, HTM, HK, NUTR, 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 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 participating in this program will live with a host family. Tec carefully screens host families and takes your preferences into consideration when choosing a family for you. Before you arrive in Mexico, you'll know who the family is that you'll be living with so you can contact them prior to your arrival. The fee for living with a host family includes a shared room, three meals a day (Monday through Sunday), housekeeping, laundry and utilities. Your stay begins on the first official arrival date in Mexico through the day after you complete your final exams. If you wish to spend additional time with your host family, you need approval from them as well as the International Programs Office (extra costs are involved).

Students also have the option of living in an apartment. Those choosing this option should plan to arrive in Mexico City earlier than required in order to find suitable accommodations.

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 2015

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$500.00
Round-trip Airfare$800.00
Books and Supplies$200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,500.00
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 Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Tec de Monterrey-Mexico City

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

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