University of Missouri-St. Louis Exchange Program in Mexico


Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)

Take a semester of Spanish language and culture or follow regular courses taught in Spanish. An ideal program for students who enjoy a suburban environment to learn Spanish.

Map of Mexico

What is it like there?
The Universidad Iberoamericana is a private Jesuit institution open to all faiths and nationalities and was founded in 1943 with a School of Philosophy and Literature. In 1988, the University moved to its new, modern campus in the Santa Fe area in the western part of Mexico City. Santa Fe is a modern, safe suburb located 10 miles west of downtown on the way to Toluca.

The University now has over 10,500 students of which 800 are enrolled in postgraduate studies. There are approximately 1,900 members in the faculty which ensures that students benefit from the advantages of more personal attention. Departments include: Art, Sciences, Religious Sciences, Political and Social Sciences, Economy, Philosophy, Physics and Mathematics, History, Literature, Business Administration, Accounting, Architecture, Urban Studies and Design, Communication, Law, Education and Human Development, International Relations, Engineering, Psychology and Health..

What will I study?
Each student will take a Spanish placement test before going to UIA. Students at the beginning and intermediate levels follow the Spanish Language and Latin American Culture program which includes formal Spanish learning with two hour classes Monday-Friday. It is recommended that these students also take eight Friday field trips to points of cultural interest in Mexico City (the cost of three fieldtrips is included in the tuition). There are 180 classroom instruction hours in the daily Spanish classes and 24 hours of field trip time in the workshop course. Students would take two other complementary courses in this program in different areas such as art, history, literature, and political, economic, and social analysis. These courses are taught by bilingual teachers competent in their academic fields.

If a student scores at the advanced level of the Spanish Placement Test, he/she may take classes in the regular departments and/or also participate in the Spanish Language and Latin American Culture Program. Please see the instructions here to find course listings and descriptions.

What is the language of instruction?
English and/or Spanish.

Where will I live?
Students are placed in Mexican family homestays. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Mexican lifestyle and language. The fee for homestay includes a shared room and bathroom. It does NOT include meals or laundry. Prepared meals, use of the kitchen, and use of laundry facilities can be negotiated with the housemother. Meals are also available in the campus cafeteria. Host families are carefully screened and your preferences are taken into consideration when matching you with a family. More information on housing here.

When can I go?
Students may attend for the fall semester, winter semester, academic year, or summer session.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be a junior or senior.

How can I learn more?
Visit UIA's website and stop by the Study Abroad Office in 261 MSC to browse their catalog. You can also make an appointment to discuss this program with a study abroad advisor; call 516-5229.

How much does it cost?
Below are the 2009-2010 estimated costs for one semester (4 months) at Universidad Iberoamericana compared to a semester at UMSL. When you participate in a UMSL exchange program, like UIA, you continue to pay UMSL tuition and may use your financial aid. In addition, both CIS and external scholarships are available.

Universidad Iberoamericana

Educational Fees1 $2,947.20 $2,947.20
Information Technology Fee $146.40 $146.40
Student Facility, Activity, & Health Fee $0.00 $418.68
Housing2 $1,700.00 $2,805.00
Meals3 $1,000.00 $1,698.00
Airfare $600.00
Books $200.00 $400.00
Miscellaneous4 $1,050.00
Total Estimated Cost5 $7,643.60 $8,415.28

1 Educational fees are based on 12 credit hours. Non-resident fees may apply.
2 Housing cost based on single room at UMSL and homestay at UIA.
3 UMSL cost based on Option 3 Plus Meal Plan.
4 Includes transportation, mandatory international insurance, and UIA registration fee of $250.
5 Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include personal expenses or independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.

How to Apply/Application Process:

To apply, please visit the Study Abroad Application Deadlines & Procedures page.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:

All UMSL students who study abroad are required to attend pre-departure orientation. This session will cover registration and financial aid, credit transfer, travel, health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Details and location.

Last modified January 5, 2010