Mexico

Tec de Monterrey

Faculties: All 
Level: Undergraduate only
Language of instruction: Spanish and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent 
Semester Dates:

  • Fall semester: early August – early December
  • Spring semester: mid January – mid May

Full Time Study Load:

  • Guadalajara Campus: 48 credit points (usually six courses)
  • Monterrey Campus: 18 credit points (usually six courses)

Other: Monash students can apply to go to either the Monterrey or Guadalajara campuses but there are more units taught in English at the Monterrey campus. You must indicate which campus you want to go to when you submit your application to Monash Abroad.

About Tec de Monterrey

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education is a private, non-profit, independent educational institution with no political or religious affiliation, founded in 1943. Monterrey is in the north-eastern state of Nuevo León, and is the third largest metropolitan area in Mexico, while Guadalajara lies on the central region of Jalisco in the western-pacific area of Mexico. Tec de Monterrey has a multi campus structure with thirty-three campuses of the Institute distributed in twenty-five Mexican cities. Each campus is relatively independent but shares a national academic curriculum.

The specifics

The campus at Monterrey offers many courses in English as well as Spanish as a second language and community service and volunteer projects. The student life is vibrant, as many students come from all around the country and the world to study at Monterrey, meaning there are numerous cultural activities available for students. Accommodation is available at one of the sixteen residence halls or as part of a host stay with local families.

Otherwise, the Guadalajara campus, known as the ‘Pearl of the West’, is a relatively new campus, having been built in 1991. To take regular courses in Spanish you must obtain at least an advanced level. Housing options also include a family host stay program, as well as the student residence halls. Like the Monterrey campus, Guadalajara also hosts many student activities, trips and excursions so that exchange students get a greater taste of Mexico.

Important visa information

All exchange students must obtain a student visa from the Mexican Embassy in your capital city before you leave home. Within 30 days of arriving in Mexico you must also register with the National Institute of Immigration. Tec de Monterrey will refer you to an external legal advising service who can arrange this for you for a fee.

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Faculties: All 
Level: Undergraduate only
Language of instruction: Spanish and English
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent 
Semester Dates:

  • Semester 1: mid January – early June
  • Semester 2: mid August – mid December
  • Summer: mid June – early August

Full Time Study Load:

Students take a minimum of 4 subjects per semester (or trimester for graduate students).

Graduate trimesters: 33 hours of class
Undergraduate: 48 hours of class equivalent to 6 ITAM credits

About ITAM

ITAM is a private, non-profit Mexican institution of higher education among 1% of business schools globally to achieve the 'Triple Crown' accreditation. Its mission is to contribute to the comprehensive education of students and to the development of a freer, more just and more prosperous society. In order to carry out its teaching and research objectives, ITAM aspires to the highest levels of academic excellence, while supporting a diversity of ideas and a community that respects ethnic, cultural, and religious differences.

ITAM was founded in 1946 by the Mexican Cultural Association. It is one of the leading institutions for training leaders in the social, engineering, and managerial sciences. Students from over 100 schools come to study at ITAM as exchange students. Courses in the following disciplines are offered: economics, law, and political science; international relations; business administration and accounting; mathematics, statistics, and actuarial science; and engineering.

The specifics

ITAM has two campuses located in Mexico City; Campus Rio Hondo and Campus Santa Teresa with the International Office located at Rio Hondo.

Housing is not owned or operated by ITAM but the International Office provides assistance by finding off-campus housing options. There are many fully furnished student residences within walking distance from ITAM. Options depend on price range and features desired by the student. The International Office works with each individual student to find the preferred accommodation but once selected, the student is directly responsible for the lease.

Most courses are taught in Spanish. We highly recommend students to have at least one year of university-level Spanish with good reading and listening skills. Nevertheless every semester we offer between 30-40 regular courses in English across all our programs. ITAM´s Summer School courses and short courses are taught fully in English. Spanish Language Courses are offered for credit at different levels during most semesters. Levels available depend on the number of students registered for the courses. Spanish classes are free of charge for partner institutions.

There are plenty of extra-curricular activities happening throughout the campus at all times. International students are welcome to join everything from joining student associations and sport activities and representative teams (Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Rugby, etc) to cultural activities and community support and engagement.

For more information view the ITAM 2017-2019 Student Factsheet.

Summer Programs

ITAM offers a variety of Summer programs which might be of interest to you. The latest includes to following.

MEXICO: A BETTER PERSPECTIVE

This new three-week intensive summer course offers multi-disciplinary insights into Mexico’s vast potential and complexities. Understanding Mexico through its language, history, culture, politics and economic opportunities will help you appreciate why Mexico enjoys a substantial global presence, as well as a strong influence on its neighbours and trade partners.

BUSINESS and Culture in Mexico

Business & Culture in Mexico is a six-week summer program for international undergraduate students interested in learning about Mexico`s business environment and its contribution to the global economic community. Students learn not only from the knowledge and insights of their professors, but also from the viewpoints of their Mexican classmates. The program includes site visits to companies leading Mexico`s participation in the global economy as well as to cultural destinations that demonstrate the exciting history and development of the country. ITAM’S Business School is accredited by AACSB International, EQUIS and AMBA, and is part of the network, Partnership International Management. The ITAM Business School has consistently been ranked among the top in Latin America.

Buddy Program

Students are invited to participate in this fun mentoring program where they will be matched with a Mexican student who will help ease their life at ITAM and in Mexico City.

Important visa information

ITAM will provide letter of acceptance and necessary documentation to obtain a student visa but all prospective exchange students should check with their nearest Mexican consulate about visa requirements.