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Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (UDLA)
[INTERNATIONAL STUDENT]
[GUIDEBOOK ]
[IN THIS GUIDE YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ON:]
[HOW TO GET TO UDLAP] [THE ORIENTATION
WEEK] [THE COURSE REGISTRATION PROCESS]
[COURSES] [HOUSING] [OTHER USEFUL TIPS THAT
WILL HELP YOU FURTHER ENJOY YOUR STUDY
ABROAD EXPERIENCE]
[INDEX]
Welcome
International Office
The International Team
Getting Here
Airport
Getting to UDLAP with Amigos Internacionales
How to arrive on your own
My Suitcase
What to Pack
What Not to Pack
Costs & Money
Price Level
Mexican Money (Pesos)
Dialing
Phone Cards
Area Codes
Housing
Residential Colleges
Housing Reservation
Off-Campus Apartments
Hotels near the University
General Information about Puebla
Puebla (La Ciudad)
A little bit about Cholula
Places to visit
General Information about UDLAP
Globe Info
Orientation Week
‘Univercity’: Campus UDLAP
Workshops
Sports
Courses
Spanish Courses as a second language
Content Courses in English
Content Courses in Spanish
Course Pre-requisites
Course Descriptions
Grading System
Credit System
Travel
Helpful Information
Transportation
Accommodation
Information for Friends and Family
Mailbox / Mail services
Important Telephone Numbers
Tourist Visas
UDLAP Website and Other Important Links
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[WELCOME]
Studying abroad is a wonderful experience that will help you discover more about yourself and others. We hope that you will
take advantage of the many opportunities that the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, the city of Cholula, and Mexico have
to offer.
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THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Contact information
Front desk ([email protected]) Building: HU-216
Tel: + 52 222 2293160 Fax: 2293169
Mail address for International Students coming to UDLAP: [email protected]
Nayeli Herrera
[email protected]
Director, International Office
Marianne Ramos
[email protected]
Department Head
(Academic Mobility for Exchange and Visiting Students)
Gracia Hernández
[email protected]
Dual Degree Programs Coordinator
(Incoming and Outgoing Bachelor and Master Students)
Viridiana Ulloa
[email protected]
Outgoing UDLAP student exchange Coordinator
Alma Reyes
[email protected]
Incoming student exchange Coordinator
Mariana Contreras
[email protected] Financial Coordinator
Carlos Pérez
[email protected]
Immigration Services Coordinator
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[GETTING HERE]
AIRPORT
The two nearest airports from UDLAP are:
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Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City (MEX), located two hours away from Puebla by bus.
http://www.aicm.com.mx/
Please note that this Airport has two terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2)
Map: http://201.131.32.23/informacionalpasajero/mapaaicm/interactivemap.php
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Puebla Airport “Hermanos Serdán” (PBC), is located only 40 minutes away from UDLAP by taxi.
http://www.aeropuertopuebla.com
GETTING TO UDLAP WITH AMIGOS INTERNACIONALES
Our Amigos Internacionales, a group of volunteer students, will be waiting for you at the Benito Juarez International Airport in
Mexico City on the first day of Orientation Week from 12:00 hrs until 18:00 hrs.
They are usually in the customs area and you can easily identify them holding the UDLAP sign. The Amigos Internacionales will
be there to help you get the bus to Puebla. You will be expected to cover the travel expenses. The approximate cost, which
includes bus ticket and taxi, is around $300.00 pesos. If you plan on arriving before the scheduled time, please consult the
next section.
HOW TO ARRIVE ON YOUR OWN
If you arrive at the Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City before the first day of the Orientation Program, you will
have to organize your own accommodation and travel plans independently. The bus company Estrella Roja offers quick and
safe transportation between the airport and Puebla. The last bus which leaves the Benito Juarez International Airport in
Mexico City to Puebla departs at 2:30 am, so plan your itinerary accordingly.
Coming out of the Customs area, you will be in the main airport terminal. (The Mexico City Airport is one very long straight
corridor) Follow the signs hanging down from the ceiling for Ground Transportation. By doing this you will be able to find the
Bus Terminal #2.
Estrella Roja offers services to two terminals in Puebla: CAPU (Central de Autobuses de Puebla) and 4 Poniente
(Recommended). The approximate cost for the bus ticket is $250.00 pesos. For more information about Estrella
Roja Buses please visit the following web site: http://www.estrellaroja.com.mx/expreso-aeropuerto.php.
TAXI SERVICE FROM TH E BUS TERMINAL
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4 PONIENTE (Recommended)
From 4 Poniente, the taxis inside the terminal are safe, but you will have to pay cash to the taxi driver directly, note that you
will not be given a receipt. Make sure that you agree on the fare before you get into the taxi. It should not exceed $100.00
pesos. The taxi driver should take you directly to your housing arrangement. Once you have settled in, you may familiarize
yourself with the campus and get ready for the first orientation day.
CAPU
A taxi from CAPU to UDLAP should charge a maximum of $100.00 pesos. At CAPU, you should buy a ticket from one of the
authorized taxi booths (taxis autorizados), line up outside alongside the taxi stand (ask in the ticket booth where this can be
found), hand in your ticket to the ticket booth there and then give it to the driver once you have been allocated a taxi. If you
plan to stay in a hotel in Cholula, it is best for you to arrive there directly. Once you have settled in, you may familiarize
yourself with the campus and get ready for the first orientation day.
AEROPUERTO HERMANOS SERDÁN
Puebla has a small airport, called Hermanos Serdán. It is located in the nearby town of Huejotzingo, about 20 to 40 minutes
from UDLAP. From this airport, you will have to take a taxi. The trip fare is approximately $250 pesos. Unfortunately, the
Amigos Internacionales group of students is not able to receive international students who arrive at this airport.
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[MY SUITCASE]
WHAT TO PACK
We recommend that you bring the following articles:
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Clothes for rainy weather (rain jacket, umbrella, and waterproof shoes). This is especially important for students
coming during the fall semester;
Clothes for cold weather (warm coat, jeans, warm PJ’s);
Clothes for warm weather;
Basic medical kit (including any personal medication).
Students who have chosen to live in the residential colleges or in off-campus apartments may wish to bring bed sheets,
blankets, and pillows. At the end of the semester, these articles may be donated to local orphanages. Please note that the
residential colleges also rent these items out, but they are not always available during the first night. Especially if you are
arriving in January, it can be pretty chilly at night.
The electrical current used in Mexico is 110 volts, 60 cycles. The sockets are American-style, but often do not have a place for
a grounding prong. We do not recommend that you bring electronic devices which use a different voltage since adaptors are
expensive and hard to find. However, you may wish to bring your own adaptors from home.
WHAT NOT TO PACK
Although Cholula is a small city, it has grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, clothing stores, laundry mats, travel agencies and
much more. Puebla, only 15 minutes from Cholula, has several malls and plazas where you can find Sears, Wal-Mart, Zara,
C&A, Mango, Springfield, Radio Shack, Sam’s Club, etc.
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[COSTS & MONEY]
PRICE LEVEL
Prices are subject to change
*All prices shown are in Mexican pesos
Course unit cost per semester (trimester in Master level)
Undergraduate
$ 2,100 (per unit)
Master
$ 2,550 (per unit)
Exchange students can take 24 to 30 units per semester (12 per trimester) as part
of the agreement among institutions. But are required to pay any extra units
themselves.
Visiting students:
Application fee (we cannot process apps without this fee)
2 units (non refundable)
Minimum course load (we cannot issue an acceptance letter without proof of
18 units per semester
payment)
Upon arrival and during the orientation week, you will be able to pay on campus
for more courses.
Housing (semester)
Shared room in the on-Campus Residences
$ 18,000/ semester (meals not included)
Off-campus apartment (per month)
Between $4,000 and $6,000
Food (around 4000 in eating in On campus cafeterias)
Breakfast
Between $25 and $50
Lunch
Between $40 and $70
Dinner
Between $40 and $70
500 ml bottle of water
$8 to 10
Soda
$8
Local transportation
Between $5 and $7 per trip
Public buses
Minimum charge of $40
Taxi
Books (per course)
Between $300 and $800
UDLAP Health Insurance
$2,200 per semester
Copies
$.70 per copy
Printing
$15 per color print
Telephone cards
$30, $50, $100
Calls to:
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United States and Canada
$5 per minute
Europe
$20 per minute
Asia
$20 per minute
Workshop: (per semester)
Music, dance, etc.
Between $1,500 and $2,000
Sports
Between $400 and $2,000
Personal (entertainment, etc)
Movies are cheap, go often! A night a the
club can cost up to $500 pesos
Trips organized for student recreation
Prices vary
Mexican Money (Pesos)
We have noticed that many foreigners initially find it difficult to differentiate between Mexican money. We hope that the
following images can help you familiarize yourself with the currency system before you arrive.
COINS
In the pictures below you can see from the left to the right the following Mexicans coins: 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1
peso, 2 pesos, 5 pesos, 10 pesos, 20 pesos. The coins that you will encounter most frequently are in the range of 50 cents to
10 pesos. As you can see there is very little difference between a 1 peso coin and a 2 pesos coin, even locals sometimes have
to look closely to distinguish between the two.
BILLS
In the picture to the right you can see the most important Mexican bills: 20 pesos (blue), 50
pesos (purple on top), 100 pesos (red), 200 pesos (green), 500 pesos (second one from below),
1000 pesos (first one from below). Some of the bills have various designs, but practically the
same color.
At UDLAP and in Mexico, there are many ATM services. We recommend that you bring more
than one debit card (interact cards), and a credit card. You will find that there are many ATM´s
that accept various international debit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD, VISA ELECTRON, etc). There are also several ATM´s on
campus for your safety and convenience.
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[DIALING]
PHONE CARDS
LADATEL CARD OF TELMEX
The computer chip inserted into all prepaid Telmex telephone cards allow you to connect to Public Ladatel Telephones and to
any internet port in a Ladanet Kiosk. The cards are available at the values of $30.00, $50.00 and $100.00.
MULTIFON CARD OF TELMEX
Prepaid cards that allow access to MULTIFON phones, which are economically affordable telephone lines for your home that
you request from Telmex, without a fixed contract or monthly payment. The cards are available at the values of $30.00,
$50.00 and $100.00.
AREA CODES
The Telmex Costumers Service number is 01 800 123 2000. If you are having any difficulty with their services you can ask for
their help using the above number.
Type of call
National Long Distance call from a landline to a mobile phone from México City
National Long Distance call from a landline to a mobile phone from Monterrey
From the United States and Canada to a cell phone number in Mexico
Calling from the rest of the World to a cell phone in Mexico
Actual Code
045 + 10 digits (i.e. 045 55 12345678)
045 + 10 digits (i.e. 045 81 12345678)
011 + 52 + 1 + 10 digits
+52 + 1 + 10 digits
How to dial international calls
001 for long distances calls to The United States and Canada.
00 for international long distance calls.
Call
Automatic National Long Distance
Automatic National Long Distance with operator assistance.
Automatic Long Distance to USA and Canada.
Automatic Long Distance to USA and Canada with operator assistance.
Automatic International Long Distance.
Automatic International Long Distance with operator assistance.
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How to dial
01 + area code + Local Number
02 + area code + Local Number
001 + area code + Local Number
09 + 1 + area code + Local Number
00 + CC + area code + Local Number
09 + CC + area code + Local Number
[HOUSING]
RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES
If you have chosen to live in a Residential College, you will be sharing your room with a Mexican student. The common area is
shared with seven other flat mates. Suites are equipped with a kitchen, living area, toilet/shower facilities, and a
washer/dryer. There is a television with cable and all suites have wireless Internet. Also, you have the option to rent linen upon
your arrival, but it is not always available on the first night. Please note that kitchen utensils will not be provided.
You will be receiving your housing confirmation by e-mail on the third week of July (Fall entry) or mid December (Spring
entry). Once you have been assigned a room, there will be no cancellations. Please note that the housing deposits are nonrefundable.
Cain Murray
Tel. +52 (222) 229 2117
Ray Lindley
Tel. +52 (222) 229 2114
Ignacio Bernal
Tel. +52 (222) 229 2500
José Gaos
Tel. +52 (222) 229 2143
For further information please consult:
http://www.udlap.mx/internas/alojamiento.aspx
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COLEGIO CAIN MURRAY AND RAY LINDLEY
Suites: 3 shared rooms and 1 single room.
Suites : 4 shared rooms
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COLEGIO BERNAL
Buildings A B, C D; Suites:12 single rooms
Buildings E F, G H, I J, Suites: 4 shared rooms
Buildings K L; Suites: 11 single rooms
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COLEGIO GAOS
Buildings A B, C D; Suites: 4 shared rooms
Buildings E F, G H; Suites: 8 and 10 single rooms
Buildings I, J; Suites: 11 single rooms
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HOUSING RESERVATION
If your agreement includes housing, and you submitted your housing form on time, you will automatically be assigned to a
room. If the agreement between our universities does not include housing, or if you are coming as a visiting student, a housing
deposit is required in order to reserve your housing. You will need to:
1. Deposit the equivalent of 6 UDLAP units by internet before your arrival. You will be notified of the deadline by email.
http://www.udlap.mx/pagoelectronico/. Cost of one unit: $2,100 pesos. To make the deposit on-line you will need your
student number, if you don’t know your student number, please contact us at: [email protected] For further information
about costs and payment methods please contact Mariana Contreras ([email protected]).
2. Wait for the housing confirmation from the Residential College coordination.
3. Pay the full cost of housing during Orientation Week.
CANCELLATION POLICY
Once you have submitted your housing form and made the deposit, there will be no reimbursement for cancellation. No
exceptions.
Please consider you must read, understand and comply with the Colegios Residenciales policies:
OFF-CAMPUS APPARTMENTS
If you prefer to live off-campus, finding an apartment or house is your responsibility. The on-campus information center known
as M.A.R.I in the “Centro Social” publishes listings of available apartments, the apartment address, costs and telephone
numbers to contact the landlord. You will also find many signs in the streets renting apartments. Signing a lease in Cholula is
still not a common practice, thus facilitating the search for apartments.
The International Office at UDLAP does not provide information on apartment availability. The best way to find an
apartment is to arrive a few days prior to the first day of the Orientation Week program. You will have to make
reservations in a hotel until you find roommates and an apartment.
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HOTELS NEAR THE UNIVERSITY
Hotel las Américas
14 Oriente #6
San Andrés Cholula
Tel:+52 (222) 247- 2275
+52 (222) 2470991
Hotel Plaza Santa Rosa
Portal Guerrero # 5
San Pedro Cholula
Tel:+52 (222) 247 7719
+ 52 (222) 247 0341
Hotel Posada Señorial
Av. 5 de Mayo 1400
San Andrés Cholula
Tel:+52 (222) 2476677
http://www.plazasantarosa.com.mx/hotel.htm
http://www.fiestamericana.com/
Hotel Villas Arqueológicas
2 Poniente No. 601
Cholula
Tel (222)273 7900
Hotel Villa Florida
Boulevard Atlixcayótl 1100
Zona Angelopolis
Tel: (222) 273-2222
http://www.villasarqueologicas.com.mx/esp/cholula.asp
http://www.villaflorida.com.mx/
http://www.posadasenorial.com/
Fiesta Americana,Puebla
Blvd. Atlixcayótl km. 5, Fracc. La Vista
72810, Puebla, Pue.
Tel.: +52 (222) 225 93 00
Fax: +52 (222) 225 93 65
You can also obtain more information about hotels near UDLAP by consulting any Mexico travel guidebook. The picture below
shows a simple map of Puebla with the locations of a couple of hotels.
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[GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PUEBLA]
PUEBLA (THE CITY)
Located 136 km away from Mexico City, Puebla is the capital of Puebla’s state and has a population of nearly one and a
half million people. Puebla’s climate is temperate, with semi-humid and rain filled summer days that continue up until the
beginning of autumn. Its average annual temperature is 16°C.
Known as "Puebla of the Angels", Puebla has developed a reputation for its
abundance of cultural heritage. The history of the city can be seen in its
architecture as well as its cuisine. Puebla’s gastronomy perfectly blends its
pre-Hispanic heritage with Arabic, French and Spanish influences. This unique
combination of styles is reflected in its most famous dishes, such as “Chiles en
Nogada” and “Mole Poblano”, which have acquired worldwide fame.
Similarly, Puebla’s wide arrays of handmade arts and crafts have also
developed a worldwide reputation. Crockery of talavera poblana, paper
paintings of amate and whimsical marble and onyx sculpted designs are
examples of some of the locally and unique novelties available to tourists in
the city’s traditional markets and plazas.
Some of the more worthwhile tourist attractions in Puebla include the Chapel
of the Rosary, the Zócalo (the central city plaza), and the District of Artists: a
district where various painters and craftsmen come to exhibit their art.
Students can also take a guided double-decker tour-bus to the historic city
centre.
No one should leave Puebla without
having visited properly visited the city of Cholula. One of the oldest cities of North
America, Cholula is home to the site of the largest manmade pyramid in the world.
Another region of Interest in Puebla is the region of Chipilo, home to Puebla’s Italian
immigrant population. With less than 5 thousand habitants, Chipilo has managed to
preserve the culture, language, customs and architecture of the Veneto region of Northern
Italy. The city is truly an outpost of Northern Italian Culture in the middle of Mexico, and
also definitely worthy to a visit.
Facts City of Puebla
Nickname
Surface area
Population
State Capital
Puebla de los Angeles
546 km²
1.485.941 inhabitants
H. Puebla de Zaragoza
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Latitude
Longitude
Altitude:
19º03' North
98º12' west
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHOLULA
Cholula is a site rich in cultural history located only 7 kilometers to the west of the city of Puebla, the capital city of the state
of Puebla. Located between the towns of San Andrés and San Pedro Cholula are many archeological sites of interest that
reflect the towns status as one of the oldest in North America.
Cholula derives its name from the Náhuatl word Cholollan, which means water that
falls in the place of escape. The town is one of the oldest settlements of Mexico, and
has been continually inhabited since the later pre-classic period. The city was
founded in 1557, but before the Spanish conquest it acted as a religious centre
where pilgrims gathered from all over the region of Anáhuac, and where Aztecs
worshiped the god Quetzalcóatl. Today Cholula has around 80 thousand
inhabitants.
Cholula’s principle tourist attractions are centered on the city’s impressive and long history;
its art, and its various religious monuments. The city is littered with temples and churches from a wide
array of time periods that dates far back as the Aztecs.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula, the city’s most impressive and renowned
monument, is a temple dedicated to the Aztec deity Quetzalcóatl. The
structure was constructed over a period of generations, starting from 2nd
century BC until the early 16th century. It is in fact the largest pyramid in
the world in terms of overall size. The pyramid’s restoration began in 1967
and today the pyramid has had more then 8 kilometers of tunnels
excavated for archeological purposes. These tunnels also allow tourists to
visit the interior of the pyramid and see the artifacts inside. Today the
pyramid is covered with an artificial hill that is surmounted by a Catholic
Church: the “Church of Our Lady of the Remedies”, built by the Spanish in
1594. Other than the Great Pyramid of Cholula. There are many other temples that have been covered or replaced by
churches as a result of the 16th century Spanish conquest of Mesoamérica.
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PLACES TO VISIT
CERRO DE SAN BERNARDINO CHALCHIHUAPAN
At this site it is possible to go paragliding. It is the ideal place for this activity, since flights are
offered with the best equipment, so it is recommended making reservations. It is situated 16 km
away from the city of Puebla.
GRUTAS KARMIDAS
This natural wonder is named after its discoverer and is a cave that consists of a main dome
surrounded by five rooms. Both, in the main and in the small halls, visitors can admire many
stalactites, stalagmites and draperies. From Mexico City one can travel through Zacatlán via
Tulancingo or Apizaco. The trip takes approximately 5-6 hours. From Puebla one can travel
through Zacapoaxtla on a 4.5 hour journey, or through Zacatlán which takes about 5 hours.
METEPEC
Metepec is a city filled with magic, where tradition and the provincial environment go
hand in hand with modernity and progress. The town is known for its variety of crafts that
are produced primarily in clay and ceramics, with one in particular: the well-known tree of
life. When travelling along the México-Puebla highway, take the exit towards the
Periférico ecológico and continue along it until you reach the exit towards Atlixco (Atlixco
cuota). Along the route towards Atlixco there will be a detour towards highway Siglo XXI
(Cuautla cuota). Some kilometers ahead you will find the exit towards Metepec.
AFRICAM SAFARI
Africam is a safari park in which you are able to pass by the animals in your own car or in the bus provided by Africam. You
will travel among several sections where you can drive among giraffes, antelopes, zebras, rhinoceros, deer, Bengal tigers and
lions, among others, in refuges specially designed to resemble their natural habitats. Direction: 11 Oriente No. 2407 Col.
Azcarate, Valsequillo C.P. 72007.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT
You can always check our Facebook page for pictures of various interesting destinations all over México.
http://facebook.com/internacional.udlap
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[GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT UDLAP]
GLOBE INFO
The Globe Info is an information center that will be in
operation during the entire Orientation Week. Information
regarding registration, timetables, IDs, professional
internships, community service opportunities, organized
tours, student recreation activities, and general information
to make your stay at UDLAP more enjoyable, will be
posted at Globe Info.
Upon arrival be sure to first pass by Globe Info to pick up
your welcome package, which contains a lot of useful and
necessary information. During the Orientation Week, our
“Amigos Internacionales” will be there to answer any
questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to ask
them! Globe Info will be located at the Student Center on
the university campus.
ORIENTATION WEEK
The Orientation Week (Semana de Orientación) is UDLAP’s chance to welcome new international students to UDLAP and to
Mexico. It is a week where you will receive a lot of important information about the university on topics such as course
registration, immigration and financing; but it is also a week where you will get the chance to take part in immersion activities,
meet new people, go on field trips, and hopefully adapt yourself to your new surroundings before you start classes.
WELCOME TO UDLAP
The week starts with an induction meeting where you will be introduced to the
International Office staff and we will do our best to help you with any problems
you may encounter during your time at UDLAP. A lot of important information will
be given during this meeting, and for many of you it will be your first time being
exposed to a lot of Spanish which can be quite overwhelming. The information,
however, will be handled out in both English and Spanish pamphlets, so we
recommend you to take the time to go over through all the information by yourself
and make sure you are familiar with the details.
After the meeting, a free lunch will be provided. This will be one of your first opportunities to meet and get to
know other exchange students.
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THE PROCESS OF COURSE REGISTRATION
One of the most important steps during the orientation week is the course registration process. In your welcome package you
will find information on what time and day you have been scheduled for registration. During the process you will be required
to register your visa with the immigration services at UDLAP and sign your school agreement and letter of intent, among other
things.
FIELD TRIPS
During the orientation week, some field trips will be organized. The “Amigos Internacionales” will be
offering guided tours of Cholula and Puebla. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of your
new surroundings!
NOCHE DE COMIDA MEXICANA
The “Noche de Comida Mexicana” is part of the immersion activities during the orientation
week. Students will be treated to a night of traditional Mexican food and performances
of traditional Mexican music and dancing. The night is always a terrific opportunity to
unwind after a hectic week, a great opportunity to get to know a bit more about Mexican
culture.
CONFIRMING YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE
After registering for classes, there will be a short period of two to three days which will allow you to modify your class
schedule. To add or drop a class in this time, fill out the form you can find in your welcome package (to obtain your welcome
package, go to the Globe Info as soon as you arrive to UDLAP), and hand in this form at the International Office. Given the
limited amount of time you will have to add and drop classes, it is important that students come to UDLAP having a fairly
good idea of what classes they are going to take.
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UNIVERCITY: CAMPUS UDLAP
Workshops
UDLAP offers a wide range of workshops for students in a variety of areas. During the first two weeks of the semester, it will
be possible to sign up for an array of different workshops and activities. You can check this information at the following
website:
http://www.udlap.mx/talleres/FDefault.aspx. For more information: Coordination of University Workshops (Coordinación de
Talleres Universitarios): Tel: 52 222 229 2100 ext. 4298
E-mail: [email protected]
SPORTS
As well as workshops, UDLAP offers students the opportunity to be part of one of its many sporting teams:
http://www.udlap.mx/Deportes/Default.aspx
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UDLAP’S SPORTING PROGRAMS
UDLAP sporting teams (varsity teams) and athletics are represented in sports as Basketball, Baseball, Football, Soccer, Indoor
Soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Swimming, Tennis, and Indoor and Beach Volleyball.
Sports workshops: UDLAP offers more than 15 different types of sports workshops between 7am-9pm from Monday to
Saturday.
Intra-school tournaments: UDLAP also runs intra-school sport tournaments that allow students to form teams with their friends
and/or be part of other UDLAP students´ teams.
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[COURSES]
Depending on your Spanish proficiency, you may take Spanish courses as a second language offered by the Language
Department, content courses offered in English, or content courses offered in Spanish.
SPANISH COURSES AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Spanish Proficiency Exam
The link to the exam is: http://www.udlap.mx/examenespanol/. If you were not able to do the Spanish exam online due to
technical difficulties, please let us know immediately by email: [email protected]
UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL
If you obtained a basic rating, you may take content courses offered in English, and/or Spanish as a Second Language only.
We highly recommend you to take all the Spanish as a second language courses.
The beginner Spanish courses offered by the Language Department are:
ID-140 Spanish I: Grammar
ID-141 Spanish I: Communication
If you obtained an intermediate rating A or B, you are allowed to take content courses offered in English, and/or Spanish as
a Second Language.
The courses offered by the Language Department for this level are:
ID-240 Spanish IIA: Grammar
ID-241 Spanish IIA: Oral Communication
ID-242 Spanish IIA: Written Communication
ID-244 Spanish IIB: Grammar
ID-245 Spanish IIB: Oral Communication
ID-246 Spanish IIB: Written Communication
If you obtained an advanced (A or B) or superior rating you have three options. You may take:
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content courses offered in English
content courses offered in Spanish and/or
Spanish as a second language courses
The courses offered by the Language Department for this level are:
ID-340 Spanish IIIA: Grammar
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ID-341 Spanish IIIA: Oral and Written Communication
ID-342 Spanish IIIA: Mexican Literature
ID-343 Spanish IIIA: Business Communication
ID-344 Spanish IIIB: Grammar
ID-345 Spanish IIIB: Oral and Written Communication
ID-346 Spanish IIIB: Mexican Literature
ID-347 Spanish IIIB: Mexican Civilization
ID-348 Spanish III: Pronunciation
ID-349 Spanish III: Medical Areas
The superior Spanish courses offered by the Language Department are:
ID-440 Spanish IV: Grammar
ID-441 Spanish IV: Contemporary Mexico
ID-442 Spanish IV: Mexican Culture
ID-443 Spanish IV: Written Translation
ID-444 Spanish IV: Oral Translation
GRADUATE LEVEL
There are no Spanish language courses offered at the graduate level. Graduate students may wish to take language courses
at the undergraduate level while taking content courses at the graduate level.
CONTENT COURSES IN ENGLISH
UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL
All the international students at the undergraduate level who speak English are eligible to take content courses offered in
English from levels 100-499. The course descriptions will be available during the orientation week.
GRADUATE LEVEL
Some courses in the Graduate level programs are offered in English.
http://www.udlap.mx/ofertaacademica/mapaoferta.aspx
Please contact the program coordinator:
CONTENT COURSES IN SPANISH
UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL
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If you obtained a basic or intermediate rating on your Spanish proficiency exam, you will not be permitted to take content
courses offered in Spanish during the first semester unless you obtain special permission from the professor.
If you obtained an advanced or superior rating on your Spanish proficiency exam, you may take content courses offered in
Spanish from levels 100-499. You will probably find the content courses in Spanish quite challenging due to the language
level. Please keep this in mind when you’re doing your final course selection.
The course codes at the undergraduate level are the following:
100-199
200-299
300-399
400-499
Equivalent to first year studies
Equivalent to second year studies
Equivalent to third year studies
Equivalent to fourth year studies
GRADUATE LEVEL
Graduate level students need to obtain a superior rating prior to arrival in order to take graduate level courses given in
Spanish. Master courses use course codes beginning at level 500.
COURSE PRE-REQUISITES
Some courses have pre-requisites. The students interested in one of these courses, should have taken in their home university one
course equivalent to the pre-requisite. To obtain information about the equivalence of the courses, please contact the
corresponding academic department at UDLAP before your arrival: http://www.udlap.mx/ofertaacademica/mapaoferta.aspx
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
In order to ensure that the courses you take at UDLAP will be accepted by your home university, you may check the course
descriptions before your arrival.
For more detailed course descriptions, contact the corresponding faculty:
http://www.udlap.mx/ofertaacademica/mapaoferta.aspx
Course codes
AD
AE
AI
AM
AN
AN
AN
AP
AR
administración de empresas
Actuaría y estadística
Arquitectura de interiores
Ingeniería ambiental
Antropología cultural
Arqueología
Relaciones multiculurales
Artes Plásticas
Arquitectura
3
ED
EI
FA
FI
FS
GA
HA
HI
HR
HR
HU
IA
IC
ID
IE
II
IM
IQ
IS
IS
IT
LA
ID
LA
LI
MA
MO
ME
MK
Innovaciones educativas
Tecnologías de información y negocios
Ciencias farmacéuticas
Filosofía
Física
Artes Plásticas
Historia del Arte
Historia
Hoteles y restaurantes
Gestión del Turismo
Humanidades
Ingeniería en alimentos
Ingeniería Civil
Idiomas
*Ingeniería
Electrónica: -y computadoras, -y comunicaciones, -y Sistemas digitales
Ingeniería Industrial
Ingeniería mecánica
Ingeniería química
Ingeniería en sistemas
Tecnología de información y negocios
Ingeniería Textil
Lingüística Aplicada
Lenguas
Lengua y lingüística
Literatura
Matemáticas
Matemáticas Aplicadas y computo
Ingeniería en mecatrónica
Mercadotecnia
[GRADING SYSTEM]
A passing grade at the undergraduate level at UDLAP is 7.5, with a maximum of 10.0. If you do not obtain a passing grade
during the first semester, you will not be permitted to continue on to the second semester. At the Master level, a passing grade
is 8.0 with a maximum of 10.0. If you do not obtain a passing grade during the first semester you will not be permitted to
continue on to the second semester.
At the end of your stay, the International Office will send one official transcript to the program coordinator at your home
university.
[CREDIT SYSTEM]
The credit system at UDLAP is different than most universities. It is important that you confirm the minimum number of units you
are eligible to take. When studying at 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.
At the Undergraduate level, most courses are equal to 6 units, which include 3 hours of in-class studies per week for the duration
of the 16-week semester.
At the Master´s level you may take a maximum of 24 units during the semester. At this level, there are two study plans. One is
based on a semester system and the other on a trimester system. In the semester system, courses are equal to 6 units and you
may take 4 classes per semester (according to the exchange agreement). In the trimester system, courses are equal to 4 units
and you may take a maximum of 3 courses per trimester.
[TRAVEL]
We encourage you to take advantage of your leisure time to explore some of the sights Mexico has to offer. If you manage
your time well, you can organize trips to other places to enjoy Mexico’s music, traditions, cuisine and arts
HELPFUL INFORMATION
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An easy and inexpensive way to travel is to stay in a low-cost “backpackers” hostel. If you wish to travel this way, we
recommend that you take your own sleeping bag and a comfortable backpack.
Before you leave your country, you may wish to have your vaccination record updated. To come to the UDLAP it is not
necessary to vaccinate against diseases such as malaria, but if you are planning to visit other areas it is advisable that
you contact your doctor or physician about the recommended immunizations for those areas.
TRANSPORTATION
The most comfortable options for traveling in Mexico are bus and airplane. Many bus companies offer services between Puebla
and other major cities in Mexico. You can purchase bus tickets from the various companies at the CAPU bus terminal in Puebla.
You can also make your ticket reservation online or by phone at the following website (which also offers information about
schedules and prices): www.ticketbus.com.mx.
In vacation periods such as Christmas or Easter (Semana Santa), many of the lines offer a 50% discount to students. You must
present your student ID at the time of purchase, which you may have to purchase several days in advance as the discounted
seats are limited. The fastest way to travel is by airplane. If you purchase your tickets well in advance you may find them at a
reasonable price.
ACCOMMODATION
There is a wide range of lodging options available throughout Mexico, from 5 star hotel accommodations to the simplest (and
least expensive) of hostels. The internet is a great resource to search for accommodation in all areas of Mexico; the following
websites are just a suggestion of where to look for information :
www.hostels.com
www.travellerspoint.com/hostels-es-co-136.html
www.hostelworld.com
[INFORMATION FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY]
MAILBOX / MAIL SERVICES
During your semester abroad your family and friends may want to keep in touch with you. At the International Office, there is
a mail box for international students. You should provide your family and friends with the following mailing address:
Universidad de las Américas, Puebla
YOUR NAME
International Office
Santa Catarina Mártir, s/n
Cholula, Puebla
72820 México
Tel: 52 222 229 3160
Once your mail arrives at the international office, we will immediately send an E-mail to your UDLAP email account, so you can
pick it up at the reception.
Please note: we recommend that all your important packages should be sent by courier. There are some restrictions on what
can be shipped. Before sending a package, please contact the shipping company and enquire, so that the goods are not held
at customs.
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Before leaving your country, you should leave these important telephone numbers with your parent / guardian:
UDLAP (9am – 5pm Central Standard Time):
International Office
Security on campus (24 hours a day)
UDLAP Health Services
+52 (222) 229 3160
+52 (222) 229 2222
+52 (222) 229 3269
TOURIST VISAS
If you have friends or family wanting to visit you, they should obtain a tourist visa. Please consider that due to a variety of
concerns, government policies are changing rather rapidly. We recommend that you contact the Mexican Embassy/Consulate in
your country and confirm what requirements must be fulfilled in order to legally visit Mexico.
[UDLAP WEBSITE AND OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS]
UDLAP home page
http://www.udlap.mx
International Office official website
http://web.udlap.mx/international/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/#!/udlapinternacional?fref=ts
Immigration Services
http://www.udlap.mx/internacional/immigrationservice/
Internships and Community Service options
http://www.udlap.mx/internacional/servicelearning/lets.aspx
Residential Colleges (on campus housing)
http://www.udlap.mx /internas/alojamiento.aspx
Can’t find the info you are looking for?
You are always welcome to send a question to:
[email protected]
Updated: November, 2012
www.udlap.mx
CONTACT
udlap at the forefront of international education
Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Oficina Internacional
HU Building, Office 216
Ex hacienda Sta. Catarina Martir 72810
San Andres Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
+52 222 229 31 60
[email protected]
www.udlap.mx/internacional
Did you know Cholula’s pyramid
LOCATION
UDLAP is located in the heart of Mexico, in Cholula,
one of the most historic cities of Latin America.
This 2,500 year old sacred city is famous because
it houses the great pyramid of Cholula and combines
the modern and traditional aspects of Mexico,
attracting tourists from all over the world year-round.
is considered the largest man-made pyramid by
volume in the world?
INDEX
-WELCOME TO UDLAP
-PROGRAMS AND EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS
Academic Exchange
Dual Degree Programs
Visiting Students (fee paying)
-STUDY ABROAD AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Spanish Immersion Program (SIP)
Summer Program in Mexico (SMP)
Internship and Community Service
One-on-one courses
- ACADEMIC DEGREE PROGRAMS
Undergraduate Programs
Master Degree Programs
Doctoral Degree Programs
-ADMISSION DOCUMENTS
-UNIT SYSTEM
WELCOME TO UDLAP !
- STUDENT HOUSING
The Universidad de las Américas Puebla (udlap) is the most prestigious university 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.
Classes at udlap
Residential Dormitories
Off-campus housing
-UDLAP CAMPUS SERVICES
Wi-Fi
Computer Labs
Medical Services
Food Services
Sports
Migratory Services
-ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
How to get to udlap
-STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
UDLAP AT A GLANCE
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Founded in 1940
Excellence and prestige
Internationally accredited degrees
Diverse student community
More than 7200 full-time/distance education students
International students from more than 30 countries
Controlled access on-campus housing
Ideal location
Great variety of cultural and sport activities
UDLAP MISSION
“To
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”.
UDLAP VISION
“To be recognized worldwide as the leading institution in academic, scientific, cultural and public
policy proposals that respond to the challenges presented by globalization”.
Miguel Cubiles, El gallo morón,
1998, Talavera, 60 x 34 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
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(UDLAP’s Art Collection))
PROGRAMS and exchange agreements
STUDY ABROAD and special programs
The udlap International Office has various programs for international students interested in complementing their university studies
academically through internship, community service, or research. The International Office has approximately 250 active exchange
agreements for undergraduate and graduate students in all five continents.
Study Abroad Programs provide language and cultural programs for students from a variety of countries. Our courses include a
practical combination of academic and cultural awareness.
Spanish Immersion Program (SIP):
Academic Exchange
Regular exchange students are those who study at udlap for one or two semesters in order to gain academic credit at their university
of origin. This program is managed through an exchange agreement established between udlap and the student´s home university.
Dual Degree Programs
UDLAP has established undergraduate and graduate Dual Degree Programs in several disciplines. Dual Degree students are those who
divide their studies between their home university and udlap, in order to gain a diploma from both.
Visiting Students (fee paying)
udlap opens its doors to students who have finished their high school studies or are from a university with which udlap does not
have an established agreement. These students are considered visiting students who can temporarily enroll at udlap paying an
admission and tuition deposit.
Application Deadlines
To take part in a bilateral exchange, dual degree or simply to study at udlap as a visiting student, the required documents must be
sent to the udlap International Office before the following dates:
SEMESTER
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Spring (January-May)
Fall (August-December)
October 1st
May 1st
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What can I study?
Our program includes two spanish courses, dance & mexican cuisine workshops, lodging in udlap dormitories, an udlap meal
plan, as well as visits to Puebla, Cholula and Tonantzintla. During the weekends we have field trips to Teotihuacán, Mexico City,
Guanajuato or Oaxaca.
Summer Program In Mexico (SPM):
We offer interdisciplinary and specialized programs allowing you to choose from a wide range of subjects to meet your interests
ranging from business and economics to arts and humanities.
Internships & Community Service:
Both programs are focused on students interested in the areas of education, sustainable business and community service or
vocational services in order to help them better understand current social issues.
One-on-one Courses:
These courses are ideal for those students who want to learn the language for business purposes or with an emphasis on a specific
interest. The course is private and the number of hours per day may be adjusted to the student’s needs. Courses may include
additional services such as housing, meal plan, and cultural visits at an additional charge.
All of our programs may be modified and adjusted according to the needs of a specific educational institution. These programs may
be adapted to the services needed as well as the dates, times and activities that are required by each institution.
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UDLAP has more than 70 academic programs available for you
99% of udlap Professors have a post-graduate degree
ACADEMIC Degree Programs
The diverse academic programs at udlap reflect the wealth of knowledge and our efforts to satisfy modern professional demands.
Each program promotes academic excellence, research, and a multicultural environment, providing you with an extraordinary and
unique experience. udlap is always evaluating new programs to satisfy current student demand, preparing them to respond
successfully to the challenges presented by globalization.
Undergraduate Programs
Master Degree Programs
school of arts and humanities
• Architecture
• Art History and Curatorship
• Dance
• Fine Arts
• Humanities and Cultural Studies
• Interior Architecture
• Language Studies
• Literature
• Music
• Theater
• Visual Information Design
school of sciences
• Actuarial Sciences
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Clinical Biochemistry
• Medical Surgeon
• Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering
• Nursing
• Nutrition Science
• Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Physics
school of engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Systems Engineering
• Electronics Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Food Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Logistics Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mechatronics Engineering
school of business and economics
• Banking and Investments
• Business Administration
• Culinary Arts
• Economics
• Financial Strategies and Public Accounting
• Hotel and Restaurant Administration
• Information Technology Administration
• International Business Administration
• Marketing
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school of social sciences
• Archaeology
• Clinical Psychology
• Communications and Media Production
• Communications and Image
• Cultural Anthropology
• Educational Innovation
• International Relations
• Law
• Multicultural Relations
• Organizational Psychology
• Political Science
school of social sciences
• Sport Psychology
• Tax Law
school of business and economics
• Business Administration
• International Management
• Manufacturing Management
school of sciences
• Biotechnology
(UDLAP’s Art Collection)
school of engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Computer Science
• Construction Project Management
• Food Science
• Industrial Engineering
Doctoral Degree Programs
school of arts and humanities
• Creation and Culture Theory
José Lazcarro Toquero, Catarina Lazcarroza,
2010, Mixed media on clay, 20 x 47 x 35 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
(udlap’s Art Collection)
Benito Cabañas, Pedacitos de historia,
2010, Acrilic on clay, 20 x 47 x 35 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
school of engineering
• Computer Science
• Food Science
• Science, Engineering and Technology Education
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ADMISSION Documents
In order to download the admission form and follow complete instructions to enroll at udlap, please visit our website:
www.udlap.mx/internacional
There you will find valuable information about deadlines, supporting documents, life at udlap, and other helpful tips.
UNIT System
During every semester of studies at udlap, regular or dual exchange students may take up to the maximum number of units
established in the exchange agreement. Students who wish to take more units must pay for them separately.
For undergraduate students, most of the courses are 6 udlap units each, which is equivalent to 48
lecture hours during the 16-week semester. One 6-unit course at udlap is equivalent to 3 usa or 6
ects units.
All international students, without exception, are required to have health insurance coverage (either purchased in the student's
home country or purchased from udlap).
Classes at udlap
udlap academic programs are accredited by the Federation of Private Mexican Institutions of Higher Education (fimpes) as
well as the prestigious Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (sacs), which certifies
that udlap’s undergraduate and graduate programs meet the highest standards of international quality in education.
udlap has more than 130 laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment
available to students and researchers.
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udlap campus services
Wi-Fi
Students can take advantage of more than 100 Wi-Fi access points in classrooms, libraries, the student center, gardens, and dormitories
as well as in administrative offices.
Computer Labs
Students have access to more than 2,000 computers in the computer labs located throughout campus. All our campus computers have
the latest academic and professional software installed through our partnership with Microsoft.
Medical Services
STUDENT Housing
udlap offers on campus
dormitories with 24 hour security.
Residential Dormitories
International students have the option to choose housing in one of our on-campus dormitories, which have either double or
single occupancy rooms available, bathrooms, laundry facilities, and spaces such as a living room and kitchen. There is free
Wi-Fi, cable TV as well as 24-hour security.
Please visit udlap’s website for further information about our on-campus housing options:
www.udlap.mx/internas/alojamiento.aspx
Off-Campus Housing
International students also have the option to seek off-campus housing. For these students we suggest booking a hotel prior
to their arrival in Mexico in order to have time to look for a house or an apartment to rent with anticipation on their own
since udlap does not provide off-campus housing.
The medical staff at the udlap Clinic includes doctors trained in traumatology, orthopedics, cardiology and internal medicine, also
general practitioners and trained nurses. We provide primary care by appointment and in case of emergency, we can triage the patients
and transport them to local hospitals. udlap has one of the best paramedic and ambulance services in Puebla.
Food Services
The Food Services Department offers the highest quality service and attention, as well as a variety of balanced meals at competitive
prices. udlap has one dining hall and three cafeterias on campus.
Sports
More than 60% of the student community takes part in our various sport programs: team sports, recreational sports, intramural
tournaments, sports clinic, etc.
UDLAP has several facilities and fields for football, soccer, track and field, basketball, tennis, softball, baseball, swimming, volleyball,
taekwondo and more.
Migratory Services
The udlap International Office offers migratory consultations to all international students and professors.
For more information, contact us at:
[email protected]
Or visit the Immigration Institute web site:
www.inm.gob.mx
udlap has various sport programs: football, soccer,
basketball, volleyball, taekwondo and more.
Carlos Vega, Sin título, 1998, 52 x 32 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
(udlap’s Art Collection)
Collection
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STUDENT Testimonials
“From the moment that I arrived at udlap I was embraced with warmth. I have the best
roommate who has become my sister and I know that I will have the friends that I have
made here for life. I have only been here for a little over a month and already coming to
Mexico to study is the best decision that I have ever made. I don’t ever want to leave. The
Mexican hospitality is overwhelming, the food is delicious, and the classes and professors at
udlap are brilliant. I couldn’t think of a better place to come on exchange”.
International Student from Australia, Academic Exchange.
“This internship is a great experience. Working for the cri has been so helpful and made my
stay in Mexico that much better. These children are wonderful and every time I get to see
them they make my day better. The staff is amazing and very helpful”.
International Student from United States, Intership.
ADDITIONAL Information
How to get to udlap
The 2 closest international airports to udlap are the following:
•Puebla International Airport “Hermanos Serdan” approximately 40 minutes from Cholula driving or by taxi.
•Mexico City International Airport “Benito Juarez” located approximately 2 hours from Puebla driving or by shuttle bus.
“Spending 2 years in udlap has been an amazing experience in my studies as in my personal
life. I have learned how to work with people from all over the world in an incredible environment. I have made the most of weekends and holidays by visiting the country and seeing all
types of sceneries. Studying in Mexico has been a perfect way to complement my studies in
France, associating two very different types of teaching and cultures”.
International Student from France, Dual Program.
How To Get To udlap From Mexico City
The Amigos Internacionales group is made up of udlap students who help international students integrate into life at udlap,
and adapt to Mexican customs and activities. This group will be receiving all students at the International Arrivals exit of the
Mexico City International Airport “Benito Juarez” during the first day of Orientation Week to guide them to udlap.
In case a student would like to arrive prior to Orientation Week at udlap, the international exchange coordinator at the udlap
International Office will send specific instructions via e-mail.
Pedro Friedeberg, Laberintos,
1998, Serigraphy, 77 x 77 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
(udlap´s Art Collection)
Gustavo Montoya, Niños mexicanos Instrumentos,
1985, Serigraphy, 67 x 52 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
Gustavo Montoya,, Niños mexicanos Sandías,
1985, Serigraphy, 67 x 52 cm
Colección de Arte udlap
(udlap’s Art Collection)
(udlap’s Art Collection)
Collection
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Estimated Expenses:
Estimated
Accommodation Costs
On-Campus Housing:
Off-Campus Housing:
$17,450 - $24,000 MXN pesos per semester, meals not included
Varies from $3,000 to $8,000 pesos per month
Food
Around $5,000 pesos per month
Local Transportation
Buses are cheap, taxis are expensive. Plan on spending $1,000 pesos per month
Academic
$2,000 pesos. Textbooks run about $500 pesos each, but can be more expensive.
Personal Expenses
Movies are cheap $35 - $60 pesos. A night at the club can cost up to $500 pesos.
Cost of 1 academic unit
– Undergraduate:
Cost of 1 academic unit
– Graduate:
$2,100 pesos per unit
$2,552 pesos per unit Multiply cost of 1 unit by the number of units per class to calculate the
cost of one class. Most classes are 6 units.
The total cost for tuition depends on the total number of registered units per semester.
Students at the undergraduate level should register between 18 and 30 units. Students at the
master’s level should register between 12 and 24 units per semester.
*Information subject to change without prior notice
Important Additional Costs
Students must consider the following costs:
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Travel expenses between home country and Puebla, Mexico and during vacation periods
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Large purchases (such as computers, furniture, etc...)
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Medical expenses not covered by health insurance (eye care, dental care, and medical
problems developed before arriving at the university)
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Food and housing during school holidays. Refer to UDLAP´s School
Calendar:http://www.udlap.mx/noticias/fechas_importantes.aspx?tipo=SemestralAlumnos
Acommodation
Exchange & Visiting students at UDLAP are commonly housed in a double occupancy room in our
residence halls (Colegios Residenciales). All our residence halls have a secure swipe-card entry
system and 24 hour security presence, 7 days a week. Residences are fully furnished and equipped
with laundry facilities and common areas. Wireless internet access throughout.
We have 4 residence halls from which students can choose: Cain Murray, Ray Lindley, Ignacio Bernal
and José Gaos. All of them are ideally located for easy access to academic, sport and recreational
facilities.
To be considered for on-campus housing, students must submit a housing application that will be
provided after you have been accepted as an exchange/visiting student at UDLAP.
International students will be placed in an on-campus suite which they will share with 7 other
students. The rooms within the suite are shared (2 students per room). Suites are equipped with a
kitchen, living room, bathroom/shower facilities, and washer/dryer. Please note that kitchen utensils
will not be provided.
Once a residential college reservation has been made, it cannot be cancelled and housing deposits
will not be refunded.
For more information about the Residential Colleges please check:
http://www.udlap.mx/internas/alojamiento.aspx?idioma=2
The average age range of students living on campus is 18-20 and the entire UDLAP campus is dry (no
alcohol or drugs are allowed anywhere on campus). Students aged 20 or older often opt to live offcampus. Off-campus housing is available in the Cholula area.
How do I know my housing assignment?
In your application you will indicate which residence hall you would like to live in. Once your
application is reviewed by the housing department, you will be contacted via email to confirm your
assignment.
What is my mailing address at UDLAP if I live in one of the on campus dormitories?
If you wish to have mail sent to your campus address:
Universidad de las Américas Puebla
[Student's Name]
[Dormitory’s name i.e. Colegio Cain Murray]
Exhda. Sta. Catarina Mártir s/n
Cholula, Puebla C.P. 72820
México
What are common items students buy for their rooms?
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Standard Twin Sheets & Pillow Case(s)
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Desk Lamp (non-halogen)
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Pillow(s)
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Laptop Computer
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Blanket(s)
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Hangers
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Towels
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Laundry Bag/Basket
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Alarm Clock
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Dishes & Glasses
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etc
NOTE: The following items may ONLY be used in the kitchen/common areas: Coffee makers; Hot
pots; Microwaves (provided in each kitchen)
The above list offers suggested items. Remember, you will need far less than you imagine. Items can
be purchased after you arrive.
When will I need to leave my room?
Please check the Academic Calendar for detailed information about when the dorms close.
Keep in mind that most faculty members will not make special final exam arrangements to
accommodate students’ early departure dates, so plan accordingly.
As an Abroad at UDLAP student, you have the option to choose between living ON or OFF campus.
Health Insurance
All Abroad at UDLAP students, without exception, are required to carry health insurance coverage
(either purchased in the student's home country or purchased from UDLAP).
If you chose to live off campus you might want to purchase the UDLAP Health Insurance upon your
arrival during the Orientation Week.
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Approximate Cost: 2,200 MXN per semester
Click on Seguros de Gastos Médicos Mayores Estudiantil for further information aboutUDLAP Health
Insurance coverage.
Coverage and Conditions
Student Medical Insurance
Plan Premier 200 Omnia
Policy 34-495771
Event
Illness or
disease
Geographical
location
covered:
Doctors and
hospitals
Amount
insured
As stipulated in
the policy
400
2 S.M.G.M
S.M.G.M¨*
*10% of
expenses
As stipulated in
the policy
400
S.M.G.M
10% of expenses
Deductible Coinsurance
Mexico
2 S.M.G.M
Accident
As stipulated in
the policy
400
S.M.G.M
2 S.M.G.M
*10% of
expenses
As stipulated in
the policy
400
S.M.G.M
2 S.M.G.M
10% of expenses
Mexican
*SMGM = Minimum Monthly Wage
Validity: By semester or year, according to the payment plan. For more information please, consult
the payment section of this document.
Hours: 24 a day
You can purchase your own international health insurance in your home country, but in this case you
will have to provide us with:
1. A copy of your policy (including your name, date of birth, policy number and coverage dates)
prior to your arrival at UDLAP
To waive UDLAP health insurance, you must have coverage equal to, or greater than, the UDLAP
policy.
Consider that all international students at UDLAP are required to maintain health insurance coverage
for the entire stay.
IMPORTANT: You will not be able to sign up for courses officially if you have not yet provided proof
of medical insurance to the International Office.
VISAS
If you are a citizen of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica,
Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece,
Hungary, Ireland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Singapore,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay or
Venezuela, you don’t need a visa to enter Mexico, although you must present a valid passport and
fill out an immigration form for tourists and business trips, which can be obtained in travel agencies,
airlines or at the point where you enter Mexico.
As an Irish/European Union passport holder, you may travel to Mexico on holidays without a
visa for a period of up to 180 days .
If you are a citizen of any other country and you live in Ireland, please make an appointment to apply
for a visa in the Embassy of Mexico, Consular Section in Dublin. (Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm), Tel. +353 (0) 1
667 3105.
Requirements to apply for a tourist visa
1. Valid Passport
2. Application form duly completed.
3. Three passport sized photos.
4.
Prove of economic solvency: Original letter from the enterprise where the applicant works,
with monthly salary; Bank statements; Pay slips.
6.
Payment of fees made in cash.
For any other type of VISAS (e.g. work permit, student visa, etc…) please send us your request
to [email protected]
What documentation do I need to study in Mexico?
You need to get a student visa from the INM by demonstrating that you are enrolled in a Mexican
school and that you have sufficient financial resources to fund your stay.
Consult the section on requirements or go to any INM delegation in Mexico to find out about the
specific requirements.
If applying for a Student Visa you will need to submit the following documentation:
- Passport or valid identification and travel document.
– Proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance from the school you plan to attend, specifying level,
grade, duration of your planned studies, and field of study.
– Proof of economic solvency and periodic and uninterrupted receipt of the sum of US$ 300.00
monthly, for your living expenses for the duration of your studies or documentation proving that you
have been granted a scholarship for the period in question.
– For family members (spouse, children, or parents) to accompany you, you must prove their status.
DOCUMENTS FOR
EXTRANJEROS
OTHER NATIONALS
Visa Gravada
$36.00
Entry Visa
€ 27.90
Lista Menaje Casa
$127.00
List of household goods
€ 98.43
SERVICIOS MIGRATORIOS
Estudiantes
IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Exento
SERVICIOS NOTARIALES
Students
Exento
NOTARY PUBLIC SERVICES
$115.00
Power of Attorney
(individual)
€ 89.13
Poderes Personas Morales$173.00
Power of Attorney
(company)
€ 134.08
DERECHOS AEROPUERTO $4.00
AIRPORT FEE
€ 3.10
Poderes Persona Física

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