UofSC's Global Exchange program in Mexico is designed to expose students to the life
and culture of the Mexican people. Students will attend the Instituto Tecnológico
y de Estudios Superiores Monterrey, also known as Monterrey Tec, Campus Guadalajara.
Guadalajara, often described as a city where traditional meets modern, is regarded
as one of the best places to experience authentic Mexican culture.
Mexico is one of the more cost effective countries for study abroad due to the strong
dollar against the peso. Students will pay in-state tuition to UofSC. Cost for accommodation
calculates to be around $2,500 for the semester. Other expenses including meals, books,
and independent travel can range from $3,000 to $5,000 depending on the individual
The full load for a regular student is 48 ITESM units. 8 ITESM units = 3 U.S. credits.
Courses taught in English are available, though students who speak Spanish can also
take courses taught in Spanish. To do so, students must pass a Spanish language evaluation
provided by Monterrey Tec. To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university,
please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table.
For an additional fee, in the past, the program has organized excursions to other
cities within Mexico for all international students. Recent excursions have included
trips to Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Guanajuato, Morelia, Oaxaca and Puebla. The international
office in Guadalajara can advise students on student friendly destinations and on
safe travel within Mexico.
Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation
and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office
for more details. Monterrey Tec mandates that all international students purchase
its own insurance policy as well. The fee is approximately $390 per semester, but
is subject to change. UofSC students are required to have both UofSC's and Monterrey
Tec's insurance policies.
Monterrey Tec Guadalajara offers housing options in a residence hall and with a host family. Students should apply for housing as soon as possible. Housing
placements are offered on a first come, first served basis.
In the fall, classes begin in August and end in December. In the spring, classes begin
in February and end in June.
Students will receive the orientation schedule upon arrival in Mexico. Orientation
covers health and safety, Mexican culture, and how to safely travel around the country.
During orientation students will take a tour of the campus and the city as well as
finalize their course registration.
The Mexican Consulate of Atlanta recommends that U.S. citizens obtain a student visa
for a semester-long program. More information is available here. Please note you will need to appear in person at a Mexican Consulate. The consulate
nearest to UofSC is in Atlanta.