The Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), located in southern Mexico City, is a private, non denominational, non-profit Mexican institution of higher education. Its mission is to contribute to the comprehensive education of students and to the development of a more free and 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 characterized by respect for ethnic, cultural and religious differences.
Since its establishment in 1946 by Raúl Baillères and a distinguished group of bankers and businessmen, ITAM has sought to form professionals capable of generating and promoting a new development model for Mexico in technical, administrative and economic spheres. The school has added programs in law, political science, international relations, industrial engineering and computer science to its already strong business program.
ITAM is widely considered the best private university in Mexico and one of the best overall universities in Latin America, especially for business. The professors are well established in their fields and are known for going out of their way for their students.
ITAM alumni hold prominent roles throughout Mexico, in the social, financial, academic, private and public sectors.
ITAM is located in the historic neighborhood of San Ángel, southwest of Mexico City in the delegación (borough) of Álvaro Obregón. Its wistful name originated in the times of the founding of the Carmelite college during the 17th century, established there to take advantage of a location ideally suited to quiet meditation and the contemplation of nature.
Historically, San Ángel was a hot-spot for wealthy Mexicans. Many historical mansions, or “casonas,” still exist today. In addition to grand homes, San Ángel is known for the El Carmen complex of buildings organized around a church dating back to 1626, as well as a monastery and school – today, the monastery is a very popular museum in large part because of its collection of mummies on display in the basement crypt.
Mexico City is an increasingly attractive destination for international travelers. Many who visit compare it to the greatest cities in Europe, perhaps because its downtown is layered in 1,000 years of culture, with one civilization built upon another. Ancient ruins, their golden stones etched with prehistoric carvings, lie uncovered at the Templo Mayor, once the thriving center of the Aztec empire. Spanish colonial churches and the Metropolitan Cathedral stand nearby, their intricate Baroque façades adorning one of the world's largest plazas, the Zócalo. Mexico City is building its future, too, with a gleaming business district, international cuisine, and world-class shopping.
The country of Mexico covers over 770,000 square miles, or almost 2 million square kilometers. With over 100 million inhabitants it is the largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world. Mexico's Mayan-Aztec heritage, colonial cities, coastal resorts and cultural diversity, attract many visitors every year.
While studying at ITAM, students will have the opportunity to explore the city and become familiar with Mexican culture. As part of ITAM's mission to improve society, the university offers several organizations for students to become involved in the community. ITAM also offers its students a range of sports facilities in which they can exercise and participate in competitive teams. For more information about Student Life, visit ITAM's University Life website at http://www.itam.mx/en/university-life.
ITAM also offers a buddy program for incoming international students. The ITAM Buddy Program brings together student volunteers who help our international students become familiar with ITAM and the Mexican culture and to make the most of their stay in Mexico City.
Semester 1 (Tulane Spring) runs from January - June. Semester 2 (Tulane Fall) runs from August to December.
To qualify for full-time status, students must be enrolled in a minimum of four classes. Enrollment in five classes is also permitted. On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by Mexican students who are studying for their degrees as well as other incoming international exchange students. All courses are taught by ITAM faculty, who are known for being some of the best professors and business practitioners in Mexico. Most classes are given in Spanish with a large number of English texts used. ITAM offers some courses in English every term in the undergraduate programs of Business Administration, International Relations and Economics. ITAM therefore recommends that incoming students have an understanding of basic conversational Spanish before beginning classes. Spanish language classes are also offered during the semester.
For a list of courses commonly offered at ITAM and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, see ITAM's Course Guide.
Regular Spanish language courses are offered each semester. Students may also improve their Spanish language skills at the self-access language center (CARLE).
All international students are registered for courses by the Academic Exchange office. Class schedules are generally available about one month before the beginning of classes. Exact registration dates and instructions will be included in the student's acceptance letter but normally undergraduate students must arrange final schedules approximately one week before classes begin. TAM will do its best to give preferential enrollment in classes to international students.
The teaching style at ITESM is generally very personal. The professors are interested and invested in students' education. Students are expected to engaged in class discussions or exercises daily.
All classes at ITAM are graded on a 10 point scale. The criteria for evaluation is established by each professor, who is obliged to provide the student with this information at the beginning of each semester. The distribution of grades varies by program and by class, but there are no obligatory bell curves and each student has the opportunity to achieve a 10 in each one of his or her classes.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
Classes are graded on a 10 point scale, in whole numbers only, with 6.0 as the minimum passing grade and 10.0 as the highest. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at ITAM. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad. Language requirement: 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. Once you have attended the info session, Goldring will set you up with a general semester abroad application. Login to your FreemanAbroad account to complete the application. Application deadlines are noted below.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. You are encouraged to list six schools on your semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed using a rubric that evaluates a student based on several criteria, including GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see ITAM's exchange student website for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
ITAM Housing Resources
ITAM has a variety of housing options available, even though the university does not own or operate any type of residence. Both the Academic Exchange Office and the landlords themselves make considerable efforts to accommodate exchange students for the shorter time periods they usually attend ITAM--in terms of furnishing the housing and forgoing longer term, more stable commitments. ITAM does its best to offer comfortable, secure accommodation within a reasonable distance from campus as a service to exchange students. But the arrangement is ultimately made between the student and the landlord. Exchange students can usually share an apartment with other exchange students, either close to campus or to the nearest metro stations.