International Business Exchange Program
Tecnologico de Monterrey – Guadalajara (ITESM)
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) is one of the largest multi-campus universities in Latin America. There are thirty-three campuses distributed in twenty-five Mexican cities. It's one the highest ranked business schools in Latin America. The Escuela de Graduados en Administración y Dirección de Empresas has been ranked 7th among the best business schools outside the United States according to the Wall Street Journal. The Business Administration program is designed prepare students to manage and run efficient and effective organizations in the age of knowledge, coordinate human capital, and manage resources through technology and innovation in business processes. The new business environment requires companies with models that promote efficiency, profitability and competitive position of organizations nationally and internationally.
Guadalajara is the second largest city in México and a busy metropolis. It's one of Mexico's most important industrial and business centers, sometimes referred to as Mexico's Silicon Valley. Guadalajara is known worldwide for its traditional hospitality, with a wide variety of cultural and recreational attractions and delicious cuisine. More than just a city, it represents Mexican culture with its folklore, the renowned Mariachi, handcrafts, tequila and the national sport, ‘Charrería
Exchange students can enroll in any of the following programs:
• Language and Culture
• Regular courses in English
• Regular Courses in Spanish (required for International Business Majors)
• Internship opportunities available to international students.
Internship Program Option
In addition to courses students have the option to add a part time internship. Since internships are part of the academic load, you will earn academic credits as follows: “EP3001 Práctica professional B” Part time professional experience, 280 hours, 16 ITESM units (6 USA credits / 10 ECTS)
Once your application is approved, the Campus Guadalajara organizes a couple of company interviews during the first weeks of classes in order to determine where you will be working. The evaluation of the internship will be made by the Campus Guadalajara professor and the onsite company supervisor. More information can be found on their website.
Spring Semester Exchange: January-May
Fall Semester Exchange: August-December
Language of Instruction
Advanced Spanish skills are required. Completion of 2 upper division Spanish language course required prior to departure.
Exchange program participants pay their regular full-time tuition/registration fees to SDSU to participate on the exchange program. Students are responsible for all other additional expenses such as passport, visa, airfare, housing, meals, books, etc. Refer to the budget sheet on blackboard for more information.
Housing and Meals
- Housing/room & board expenses are not part of the SDSU exchange program.
- Students must arrange housing via their host institution or independently.
- ITESM offer host family stays, if interested in this option please complete the host family application part of the application process.
- ITESM also has Residence Halls for students whom wish to live on campus.
- Please review the following website for details on these housing options and pricing:
- Each student is responsible for arranging housing on his/her own.
All participants must purchase the comprehensive CSU Comprehensive FTIP Insurance. Students will need to pay via SDSU Student Account Services. Approximately $300 for one-semester.
Exchange participants are responsible for purchasing airfare. Hold-off on purchasing airfare until a Letter of Acceptance is issued by your host university (one-semester prior to going abroad). The Letter of Acceptance is issued typically 4-6 weeks after students apply to the host university and will contain official program dates.
Student Visa Requirement
U.S.A. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Mexico for one semester or longer. The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction.
Consult the local Mexican Consulate for requirements:
U.S.A. citizens studying in Mexico for less than 180 days are not required a student visa; however, they must be ready to present their host university admission letter to the Immigration Officers at the airport in case they request it. Upon arrival to the airport students must apply for “Temporary Visitor” status at the immigration booth (which is the same status that tourists receive). It is indispensable that the students keep safe the immigration form (called “FMM”) which they will receive from the immigration officer when they enter Mexico.
SDSU (1 year prior)
International Business majors must apply one-year prior to anticipated term abroad via Aztecs Abroad by clicking "Apply Now" on the button above.
Host University (1 semester prior)
After being approved by SDSU, students will also need to complete the application process for their host university. Students will receive an email with application instructions after the add/drop deadline (titled Post Decision).
International Business majors refer to SDSU blackboard for eligibility criteria
International Business majors: apply 1 year prior to intended term abroad
December 17th for the Fall Semester
May 12th for the Spring Semester
All other majors: apply 1 semester prior to intended term abroad.
February 20th for Fall Semester
September 20th for Spring Semester