University of Missouri-St. Louis Exchange Program in Mexico


Universidad de las Americas, Puebla (UDLAP)

Students may follow the Spanish language and culture program to improve their Spanish or choose from a variety of business and political science courses taught in English.

Map of Mexico

What is it like there?
The Universidad de las Americas, Puebla is located in San Andres Cholula, a small town less than five km away from Puebla and one of the most historic cities on the American continent. Cholula was founded in 1531 and was recently designated as a UNESCO World Heritiage Site. Puebla is a metropolitan area with approximately 3 million inhabitants and all the conveniences of any city.

The University is one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico. Its diverse student population is made up of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

What will I study?
Each student will take a Spanish placement test before going to UDLA. Students at the beginning and intermediate levels will take Spanish grammar classes and follow courses taught in English. If a student scores at the advanced level, he/she may take classes in the regular departments and/or also participate in the Spanish language classes. See the website for a list of courses taught in English each semester and the regular course catalog.

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

Where will I live?
Students have three housing options: living with a Mexican host family, staying in university dormitories, or living in private apartments.

Living with a Mexican family is an excellent way for students to improve their Spanish and discover Mexican culture. The homestay includes a private bedroom, two meals per day, and use of the laundry facilities. Every effort is made to accommodate students preferences in matching them to a host family (i.e. children, pets, etc.). The number of host families is limited, and students will have to commute to campus (either bus or campus shuttle). Cost of homestay is approximately $2600/semester and includes meals.

Dormitory rooms are shared (two per room) with 8 students sharing a common area. You would be housed with 7 Mexican students to facilitate cultural immersion. Suites include kitchen, living room, bathroom/shower, and laundry facilities. Cost of dormitory is approximately $1500/semester

A number of furnished apartments are only a five minute walk from campus. If you wish to stay in an apartment, you should arrive a week early and stay in a hostel or hotel while you are searching for an appropriate room.

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

What are the eligibility requirements?
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be a junior or senior. Students should have completed a minimum 2 semesters of Spanish.

How can I learn more?
Visit UDLA'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 UDLA-Puebla compared to a semester at UMSL. When you participate in a UMSL exchange program, like UDLAP, you continue to pay UMSL tuition and may use your financial aid. In addition, both CIS and external scholarships are available.

UDLA Puebla

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 $1,600.00 $2,805.00
Meals3 $1,000.00 $1,698.00
Airfare $650.00
Books $250.00 $400.00
Miscellaneous4 $600.00
Total Estimated Cost5 $7,193.60 $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 double dorm room at UDLAP.
3 UMSL cost based on Option 3 Plus Meal Plan.
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