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Tec de Monterrey-Monterrey

Program Location Monterrey, Mexico
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20220
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
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 Monterrey. Please refer to the Tec de Monterrey program in Queretaro instead.

Tec de Monterrey-Monterrey

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.

Certificate Program Options Available!

Certificate programs, similar to a minor at Purdue, allow study abroad students to take approximately 15 credits in a specialized subject area and earn an official certificate from the host university. This would be a nice addition to any resume.

Certificates that have no language requirement:
  • International Business
  • Latin American Business Management
  • International Trade and Legal Transactions

Certificates that require some or all coursework taught in Spanish are available in:

  • Latin American Studies
  • Political Science
  • Environmental and Sustainable Development
  • Audiovisual Media Production
  • Audiovisual Journalism
  • Tourism
  • Construction Management

 Students interested in completing a certificate at the Tec should make this clear in their Purdue study abroad application. 

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Tec de Monterrey-Monterrey
Nightime in Monterrey

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 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: 2.5 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, 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 Tec. Courses are offered in Agriculture, Management and Business, Food Technology, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Computers, and Social Sciences. For additional information on courses offered, contact an advisor in the Study Abroad Office.

In addition to academic courses, a limited number of unpaid internships are available for students enrolled at the Monterrey campus. These internships are for experience only and do not carry academic credit. 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.


Most exchange students choose to live in the Tec's comfortable, well protected residence halls. Staying on campus gives students the chance to live with other Mexican and Latin American students while enjoying the security of residence hall life. Students are normally housed two to a room in single-sex halls. Strict visitation rules are enforced, and members of the opposite sex are not permitted in the men's and women's halls. Each student's room is cleaned daily by the Tec's housekeeping staff. There are communal bathrooms on each floor. Laundry facilities are available. The Tec binder in the Study Abroad Office contains photos of the residence halls on the Monterrey campus.

Currently there is no meal plan provided in Monterrey. Students eat their meals at the various student cafeterias on campus, or at the inexpensive eateries nearby. Each residence hall also has a small shared kitchen facility which the residents may use to prepare their own meals.

There is also a family homestay option available for exchange students. The International Programs Office at the Tec will arrange for family housing upon request, but such requests need to be made well in advance of arrival.

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 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

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
The Purdue Global Engineering Program may offer modest financial assistance for students approved for this program.  Interested students should inquire at GEP:

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-Monterrey
Monterrey Government House

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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