University of Missouri-St. Louis Exchange Program in Mexico


Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)

Take courses in Spanish or English at any of nine campuses throughout Mexico. Internships are also available at some campuses.

Mexico Map

What is it like there?
Take advantage of the opportunity to study in Mexico at Tec de Monterrey and uncover a magical land of contrasts. One that invites you not only to improve your Spanish skills, but also to unearth Mexican history, interact with friendly native people, and immerse yourself in the culture. The international study program is available at nine campuses throughout Mexico. Visit each campus' website for details on the program there:

  • Ciudad de Mexico - A grand city, it's rich in history, culture and entertainment.
  • Cuernavaca - The city of eternal spring.
  • Estado de Mexico - The effervescence of a great city amidst archeological sites and wonderful natural parks.
  • Guadalajara - The Pearl of the West.
  • Mazatlan - An old town with unique cultural features and sandy beaches.
  • Monterrey - MAIN CAMPUS - The city of mountains considered the business capital of Mexico.
  • Queretaro - Colonial splendor . . . cobblestone streets . . . pedestrian promenades.
  • San Luis Potosi - The "two-hour city" is only two hours from many of Mexico's vital cities.
  • Toluca - A provincial town with the magic of industrial progress.

Whether you prefer to be near the mountains, by the beach, in a colonial town, or a modern business center, there's a campus that suits your specific needs.

What will I study?
Students in the international program may take courses taught in English or Spanish. Types of courses include Spanish language classes at all levels, Latin American history and culture, business, and an internship (for those students with a high level of Spanish).

Visit the websites (above) for a list of courses offered at each campus.

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

Where will I live?
Students at most campuses will live in homestays. This is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Mexican lifestyle and language. The fee for homestay ($1,900 - $2,500 per semester, depending on location) includes a shared room, two or three meals a day (Monday through Sunday), laundry, and utilities. Host families are carefully screened and your preferences are taken into consideration when matching you with a family.

Residence halls are available only at the Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Queretero campuses. The fee for dormitories ($1,700 - $3,500 per semester, depending on location) does not include any meals.

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 sophomore, junior, or senior.

How can I learn more?
Visit the website for the ITESM campus of your choosing 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 Monterrey Tec compared to a semester at UMSL. When you participate in a UMSL exchange program, like ITESM, you continue to pay UMSL tuition and may use your financial aid. In addition, both CIS and external scholarships are available.


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 $2,500.00 $2,805.00
Meals3 $500.00 $1,698.00
Airfare $750.00
Books $250.00 $400.00
Miscellaneous4 $650.00
Total Estimated Cost5 $7,743.60 $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 ITESM. Homestay price varies from $1900-2500 depending on city.
3 UMSL cost based on Option 3 Plus Meal Plan. Most meals in Mexico are included in homestay.
4 Includes transportation and mandatory international insurance.
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