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With 32 states and one federal district (Mexico City) that cover an area of almost 3 million kilometers and with borders shared with 3 countries and 3 bodies of water, Mexico is a country of great variety and diversity. Mexico was named after the Mexicas, ancient inhabitants of the territory and founders of Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City.
The city of Monterrey was founded more than 400 years ago and its 3 million residents make it the third-largest city in Mexico. It is known as "the Business Capital of Mexico" and is the second-largest business hub in the country. In 1999, Fortune magazine recognized Monterrey as a best place to do business in Latin America.
Monterrey has 30 museums and cultural centers, several theaters and concert venues, countless festivals and many other opportunities to experience the culture of the city of Monterrey, the state of Nuevo Leon, and the country of Mexico. Monterrey is surrounded by beautiful mountain landscapes and natural attractions, including Horsetail Falls, Garcia Caves, Huasteca canyon, and Estrella Bio-park.
The Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) was founded in 1943. ITESM, which is often called "Monterrey Tec", is a group of 29 schools scattered across Mexico. Monterrey Tec's 17,500 students pursue degrees in the 34 different undergraduate programs. Georgia Tech's exchange allows GT students to study at Monterrey Tec's campus located in beautiful Monterrey, Mexico. Monterrey Tec is one of an elite group of foreign institutions accredited in the United States by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Georgia Tech is accredited by these same two groups.
- off-campus apartment/room for rent
Exchange students studying at Monterrey can either choose to live in a residence hall or with a host family. There are 16 dorms on the Monterrey campus and each one holds approximately 70 people. Most rooms house two people and have air conditioning. All of the residence halls have a study room equipped with computers. Those living in the dorms have access to a pool on campus, as well as to laundry facilities. If you do not want to stay in a residence hall, you can choose to live with a host family. This allows students to experience Mexican culture daily, as well as learn Spanish faster. If you choose to live off-campus, Monterrey Tech will provide you with some information on off-campus housing possibilities but will leave it up to you to find your off-campus housing. For more information click here
- host family
- on-campus dormitories
- NO meal plan
- on-campus dining
Three home-cooked meals a day are provided with the host family housing option.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
ITESM uses the following credit transfer system:
1 ITESM credit = 1 GT credit (Summer only)
ITESM uses the grading system listed below:
ITESM Grade = US Grade
90-100/Muy Bien = A
80-89/Bien = B
60-79/Suficiente = C
No Equivalent = D
59 or below/No Suficiente = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.