The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for certain parts of Mexico. The Department of State has not advised individuals to refrain from traveling to Mexico, but urges travelers to exercise caution while traveling within the country. At this time there are no plans to cancel or suspend Freeman exchange programs in Mexico. Freeman will continue to monitor the safety and security situation in the country and will communicate any changes to program participants if changes are necessary.
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, also known as ITESM or Tec de Monterrey, provides Freeman students with an excellent opportunity to study at one of the top universities in Mexico and offers a rich learning environment in the third largest city in the country. Students can choose from a variety of courses geared to foreign students, which may be taught in English or Spanish. Students with previous knowledge of the Spanish language may take regular university courses alongside local students.
Founded in 1943 by leading regional industrialists, ITESM has since grown to include 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country and its wealth, influence and widespread recognition have made it one of the most prestigious in Latin America and the developing world. One of the most academically recognized universities in Latin America, ITESM is also known for its strong reputation with employers.
ITESM is known for becoming the first university ever connected to the Internet in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world, having the best business school in the region and being one of the leaders in patent applications among Mexican universities.
ITESM's Monterrey campus is among the prettiest in Mexico. As one study abroad participant shared, "The facilities at the Tec are amazing; I have never seen a prettier university. When i first saw it in a photo, I said to myself: 'I can't believe that i am going there!'"
Monterrey is Mexico's wealthiest and most modern city. Monterrey came into its own after independence and, with the arrival of the railroad, quickly grew into the country’s economic powerhouse. Today, the city is one of Mexico's busiest business hubs. While business and the high-tech industry draw a steady stream of business travelers, Monterrey also offers nonstop diversions for those who want to have fun.
Monterrey has a strong entrepreneurial ethos, humming cultural scene, vibrant universities and the best nightlife in northern Mexico.
With sprawling suburbs of gargantuan air-conditioned malls and manicured housing estates, this is also one of Mexico’s most Americanized cities. Boasting world-class museums and a jagged mountain backdrop that offers terrific outdoor adventure sports, the city's attractions are diverse and myriad.
All of this makes Monterrey fiercely independent and very different to any other Mexican metropolis, and its long-running rivalry with Mexico City is the stuff of legend.
ITESM believes that extracurricular activities play an important role in the development of their students, and that is why you will have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities, as well as joining one of our student associations.
Students are given the opportunity to contribute to community development through active collaboration in social assistance institutions, hospitals or schools.
Internship and community service programs are available to international students. Learn to collaborate and work in a local corporation or business and experience first-hand how to engage in business dealings in Mexico.
Wildmex is a Mexican surfing and adventures group.. everything from mountain biking to yoga, they do it!
The International Programs Office organize trips and excursions during the semester to other cities including places like: Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Merida and Playa del Carmen. Trips have an extra cost and vary depending on destination. Also local field trips to place like museums, natural parks, etc are offered to the students during the semester with an additional cost.
Exchange students can also participate in an “amigo” (buddy) program. "Amigos" help international students get through the first weeks of their program. Most "amigos" are ITESM students who have studied abroad on exchange and have volunteered to help.
Those students with at least high intermediate Spanish can enroll in business courses with local Mexican students.
For a list of courses commonly offered at ITESM and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year.
Regular Spanish language courses are offered each semester at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Students submit a course selection form/preliminary learning agreement with their application to ITESM.
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.
The criteria for evaluation is established by each professor, who is required to provide the student with this information at the beginning of each semester. The distribution of grades varies by program and by class.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
The grading system used by ITESM is from 1 to 100, with 70 being the minimum passing grade. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at ITESM. 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.
Requirements for Courses Taught in Spanish
If you wish to take courses taught in Spanish with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
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 ITSEM'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.
University Housing (Dormitories and Host Families)
Students who meet the deadline are guaranteed housing either in a dormitory, if available, or with a family with an official affiliation with ITESM. Housing with families includes three meals per day, laundry and utilities. Students living in the ITESM residence halls prepare their own meals and have the option of eating in the university cafeterias on a pay as you go basis. All residences provide basic amenities. The commute to classes depends on the location of the family stay or dormitory, but will be within reasonable bus or metro distance.
For more information on housing options, click here and click on the "Housing Options" tab.