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Fact Sheet:
Area of Academic Study: Humanities Exchange Available: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Courses Offered: Spanish
Internship Available: Yes Service Learning: Yes
Program Description:


This information is primarily for exchange or visiting students who enter UDLAP through the International Office. This information is subject to change and may vary depending on period, time and any unexpected circumstances. The Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) is one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico with unquestionable international recognition. As a space in which different cultural contexts merge, UDLAP provides students a rich framework for free thinking and the best resources available, so that students can successfully develop their professional aptitude in their area of interest.

  • Excellence and prestige
  • Internationally accredited degrees
  • Diverse student community
  • International students from more than 30 countries
  • On-campus housing
  • Ideal location, close to archeological sites and a metropolitan city
  • Great variety of cultural and sport activities
“To educate well informed, critical, creative and innovative professionals that are also highly skilled in technology, but above all, aware of their great social responsibility to ensure a fair distribution of the benefits of globalization.”
Location San Andrés Cholula, Puebla - México
  • City Population 120,459
  • Student Population 9,500
  • Number of students from overseas 500 per year
Application Deadline
May 1st for the Fall semester and Full Year 2017-2018
October 1st for the Spring semester and Full Year 2018
Required supporting documents with application
Please follow this link to download up-to-date forms and instructions:

Spanish test
Students interested in takin Spanish Courses (for nonnative speakers) need to take the Spanish proficiency test by contacting Dr. Magdalena Mejia.
During orientation week, before registering courses, each student will be interviewed by the Spanish Language Coordinator to confirm the level the student will be placed in.

Language instruction
Spanish as a second language is taught through the Language Department. For more information about the course offering please contact:
Dr. Magdalena Mejia
Spanish Coordinator
Phone number: +52 (222) 229-3185
For those who speak fluent Spanish already, you can study English, French and German.
Please note there are a few courses taught in English available for exchange and visiting students.

Courses available to exchange students
All undergraduate courses are available, as long as course prerequisites are met (except Medicine and Culinary Arts).
IMPORTANT: Course availability is subject to course demand. Therefore, the International Affairs Office cannot guarantee a spot in the student preferred course.

Courses description/Course system
Please check the academic programs at: (undergraduate level)

Credit system
When studying at the UDLAP at the undergraduate level, you are expected to take a minimum of 4 courses (24 units) and a maximum of 5 courses (30 units) per semester, most courses are 6 units, which includes 3 hours of in-class studies per week for the duration of the 16-week semester.

Grading system
A passing grade at the undergraduate level at the UDLAP is 7.5, with a maximum of 10.0.  At the end of the student´s stay, the International Office will send one official transcript to the program coordinator at the student´s home university.

Academic Calendar

Arrival at UDLAP
Amigos Internacionales, a group of volunteer students, will be waiting for international students at the Benito Juarez International
Airport in Mexico City on the first day of Orientation Week (students will be notified of orientation week dates via e-mail upon being accepted at UDLAP).

Orientation Week
During the Orientation Week students will have a welcoming session to inform them about the exchange program, life at UDLAP, services, cultural shock, payments, visas, internship and course enrollment, among others.
Accommodation UDLAP residential colleges

UDLAP offers a variety of cultural, sports and artistic workshops, please check the following link for more information:

Weekend trips
Explore Mexico through these exciting and enriching travel opportunities:

Student Associations
Being a part of an organization offers international students the possibility to develop new skills and an increased social awareness. At UDLAP there are organizations created and directed by students:

International students wishing to study in Mexico must take into account the following information according to their nationality and duration of their studies in Mexico.
To pursue an academic program at the UDLAP with duration less than or equal to 180 days and if you are a citizen of a country without visa restrictions in Mexico, you can travel to Mexico as a visitor (known as tourist previously). This condition of stay authorizes you to stay in Mexican national territory uninterrupted for no more than 180 days from the date of entry, without permission to carry out activities subject to remuneration in the country. Foreigners, who are in Mexico under this condition as visitors without permission to perform paid activities, may not change their migratory status and will have to leave the country by the end of the authorized period of stay.
EXCEPTION: If you are a citizen of a country with visa restriction in Mexico, you will need to process a Temporary Resident Visa- Student at your nearest Consulate of Mexico, as you will not be able to enter the country as a visitor.

To pursue an academic program at UDLAP for longer than 180 days, it is necessary to have a Temporary Resident Visa- Student, and you will need to complete a 3-step process:
  1. Process your visa at a Consulate of Mexico close to you. The visa is issued for one hundred eighty calendar days, valid for a single entry to Mexico during this period.
  2. When you enter Mexico at the Airport, you will be given a “Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM)” which you will need to present to the INM once you are in Mexico to get the Temporary Residence Permit.
  3. Once you are in Mexico, a Temporary Residence Permit must be requested from the INM within the first thirty calendar days from the date of entry into the national territory. This card will be valid for one year and allows multiple entries in and out of Mexico. If this procedure is not completed within the 30 designated days, the student will be subject to pay a fine from the INM.
The International Office provides information to all students about this process, but it is the student´s responsibility to fulfill the INM´s requirements.

Foreigners coming from countries that require a visa to travel to Mexico must process it before traveling to Mexico. The UDLAP International Office will send an Acceptance Letter in order for students to process a student visa, if necessary.

To see if your country requires a visa or not to travel to Mexico, you can check it in the following web sites: Visas "Visitor without permission to perform paid activities" and "temporary resident, student" are issued in your country of origin by an Embassy or Consulate of Mexico, you should check their location in the following web sites: Once you're in Mexico, you must register yourself with the Migration Services office at the UDLAP International Office.

Medical insurance is mandatory.

All International students at UDLAP, without exception, are required to have health insurance coverage at their own expense that meets all the international coverage requirements (must include repatriation and emergency evacuation) necessary to cover them during the entire duration of their stay in Mexico. The students must provide a copy of their medical insurance policy to the International Affairs Office at UDLAP as a requirement to complete their registration process. This policy has to contain the following information:
  • Student Name
  • Student signature
  • Insurance Company Name
  • Insurance Policy Number
  • Insurance Company´s emergency telephone
  • Insurance coverage dates
  • Main coverage details (repatriation + emergency evacuation)
Medical Services:  There is a campus clinic to which all students have access. Tel: + 52 222 229 2111
  • Estimated Costs of On-Campus Housing:$22,100 - $27,000 pesos per semester depending on room selection (meals not included)
  • When housing is not included in the exchange agreement, the student must pay the full amount before their arrival at UDLAP.
  • Meals (per month) around $6,000 pesos per month
  • Local Transportation (one way) $ 7 pesos public bus – UDLAP bus $8 pesos
  • Academic $2,000 pesos per semester. Textbooks run about $400 pesos each.
  • Visiting Students need to pay a 2 unit processing fee, and 18 unit tuition deposit before their arrival at UDLAP
  • Personal Movies cost about $75 pesos. A night at the club can cost up to $350 pesos.
Bank Information Students should bring an international credit or debit card. There are various ATM’s located on campus and in the cities.

Banks Accounts We do not recommend you to open a bank account if you can handle your finances through your home bank.

Students should be nominated by their home institution:
  1. Partner universities must send their official nomination via email to with the following information: 
  • Student´s full name
  • Level of studies (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Area of study  (degree of interest)
  • Number of semesters student will stay at UDLAP
  • Student’s e-mail address
  1. UDLAP will send a nomination confirmation directly to you.  Once you receive this please send all required documents (enlisted below) scanned via e-mail for UDLAP to review and make sure that everything is filled out correctly.
As soon as you receive an e-mail confirming that everything looks good in the scanned documents, please send the original documents via courier to the International Affairs Office before our deadline on May 1st, 2017.
Also we kindly ask you to send us promotional material for our INTERNATIONAL FAIR that will be held in Fall semester 2017, you can send  brochures, magazines, gifts etc. Things that you want us to give our Mexican students during this event, this will be a great time to promote your University among our students!
Application instructions and forms can be found in our UDLAP Internacional website:
Documents required by UDLAP are: 
  • Exchange Application Form (with the Exchange coordinator´s signature and home university stamp) (Document attached)
  • If the student is going to study courses form the business area a letter that states he or she has Spanish and English proficiency (B2 Level in both languages Spanish and English)
  • Copy of valid passport (copies with expired dated will be rejected)
  • Official transcript of records (in English if comes from a non-Spanish speaking country) with official stamp
  • 2 passport size photos
  • UDLAP Medical form (approved and signed by a doctor and the student) (Document attached)
  • Copy of the health international insurance it must cover the student with: 
    • Repatriation of remains in case of death
    • Sanitary emergency or medical evacuation
 NOTE: We urge our partners to use a courier mail service in order to ensure the safe delivery of your documents.  Documents sent via regular post have been lost frequently and may take up to 2 months to be delivered.
  1. Once UDLAP receives your student´s required documents, the student will receive a confirmation message via email in order to verify that his/her UDLAP application is being processed.  Additional documentation may be requested of your student at this point.
  1. The International Affairs Office will issue the corresponding acceptance package with the official acceptance letter and important information about the student visa process for México (if it applies). When the student gets the visa, please send a scanned copy to to complete the student´s file.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed