Mexico: Semester in Puebla with UDLA
The Universidad de las Americas (UDLAP) in Puebla with more than 65 years of tradition, offers academic programs that answer the present and future needs of today’s world. It is considered one of the top private universities in Mexico. The University has excellent library facilities, and the latest technology in order to enhance teaching and research. UDLAP students enjoy a lively campus environment offering numerous student activities. While UDLAP does offer a variety of courses in English, this program is ideal for students with a high proficiency in Spanish, or for those interested in improving their Spanish proficiency. Students can either take classes with local students through regular university classes, or take Spanish language and culture courses with other international students from around the world. Students are also welcome to combine Spanish language courses with courses offered in English. While some of the guides for international students are available in English, there will be some documents provided to students only in Spanish such as the acceptance letter, and academic calendar.
This program requires students to exercise a high degree of independence, self-reliance, and flexibility.
UDLAP offers exchange students opportunities for internships or community service throughout the semester. UDLAP does not award credit for the service-learning or internship options. Students interested in earning credit will need to arrange credit through GVSU and pay GVSU tuition for those courses. Additional information can be found at: http://www.udlap.mx/international/internships-and-community-service.aspx
Mexico is currently listed on the U.S. Travel Warning List. Please refer to our travel warning policy when considering studying abroad in a country on the U.S. Travel Warning List.
GVUS's partner universities are largely independent programs; prospective participants should carefully consider if this form of study abroad suits their needs before registering. These partnerships allow students to experience a more independent international study abroad, but also require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. Those who prefer additional support may wish to consider other study abroad options such as external study abroad providers and our faculty-led options.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Academic Year 2022 (Fall 2022-Winter 2023)
Estimated Program Dates: August 2022 - May 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: January 2023 - May 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: August 2023 - December 2023
Application Deadline: February 1, 2023 (Closed)
All UDLAP undergraduate courses are available to exchange students except Medicine and Culinary Arts. Students are required to take a minimum of 4 courses and a maximum of 5 courses. Courses cannot be guaranteed prior to the on-site registration. This program may not be suitable for students with restrictive course requirements.
Course Options Use this button to search all available course options and descriptions.
Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.
Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions.
Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.
Note: 1/2 UDLAP credit is equal to 1 US credit.
Additional information can be found on the UDLAP website for exchange students
Internship Option: Students participating in the exchange can add an internship as one course for the semester at no additional cost.
Students will live in residence halls with a shared kitchenette, bathroom and washer/dryer. The residence hall units are suite style: two persons to a bedroom with four bedrooms sharing a common area. On-campus housing is only available for students under the age of 25. Students who are over the age of 25 will be provided with alternative housing options.
Meals are not included with the on-campus housing. There is a student canteen (cafeteria) very close to the location of the residence halls. Students will be living primarily with Mexican roommates.
In the past, homestays have been an option for students at an additional cost. Homestays are limited and are not guaranteed.
UDLAP will provide students with specific move-in and move-out dates. Students wishing to arrive early or extend will be responsible for securing their own housing during the times not covered by the UDLAP housing dates.
Cost and Scholarships
NOTE: "Other Expenses" listed in the Cost Breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.
Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898
Open to all majors. 2.5 GPA required.
Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program.
Host University Website
When studying abroad, it is important to learn about the culture of your host country.
For information on music, food, language, news & more, view Cultural Information
Campus Info / Campus Life
UDLAP offers an orientation week for all new international students. Students who are interested in traveling can take advantage of weekend trips. Information can be found at: http://www.udlap.mx/internas/viajes.aspx
Fall semester is 18 weeks in duration. Winter semester is 20 weeks in duration.
US citizens are required to apply for a student visa for stays longer than 180 days. Students studying at UDLAP for one semester, (less than 180 days) can apply for a residence permit once they arrive to UDLAP. The student visa guide provides additional information regarding the application for a student visa. Please note that students must check with the appropriate embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa information.
Students will fly into either Mexico City or Puebla. Most students will fly into Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport on the date provided by UDLA. A group of volunteer UDLAP students will be at the airport to greet international students and help them make their way to Puebla.
US State Department Information
US State Department Information (Mexico)
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Report - Crime and Safety Report (Mexico)
Resources for Emergency Situations
Reporting an Incident
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