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  • Locations: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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The exchange program between Rice and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, referred to as TEC de Monterrey or ITESM, offers semester or year-long exchange programs in Mexico.
The Tecnológico de Monterrey is a Mexican private educational institution that was founded in 1943 and is currently a multi-campus university system with academic centers in different regions of the country. The prestige that the university has enjoyed since its beginnings, not only for its academic level but also for the culture of entrepreneurship, hard work, efficiency and responsibility it promotes in its students, has motivated its graduates from different regions of the country to promote the formation of campuses of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in their native cities.

The main campus of TEC de Monterrey System is in Monterrey and has an enrollment of 17,500 full time students. The Monterrey campus is a favorite among students in Mexico and attracts international students from all corners of the globe.


TEC de Monterrey offers a wide range of courses from a full academic curriculum. For students at the intermediate level of Spanish, courses are available in Spanish language, culture, civilization and literature. For students with strong Spanish language skills, direct enrollment courses offer a full-curriculum in a variety of disciplines. 

Subjects Offered
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Communication, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Sciences, Finance & Operations Management, Food Science, History, Information Technology, Latin American Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Spanish

See special courses for international students at the Monterrey campus.

Student Life

There are 277 student clubs and associations related to professional development and community service.  In addition, students actively plan their own symposiums, congresses and events.  Sports and extracurricular activities include aerobics, volleyball, gymnastics, football, weight-lifting, basketball, martial arts, mountain climbing, swimming, folk dancing, salsa, photography, flamenco, singing, cooking and Tango.


Students have the option of requesting to live with a host family, in a residence hall, or in an apartment off campus.

Host family program
One of the best ways to learn from Mexican culture is living with a family. This option offers the opportunity to spend time with Mexican families which proves to be a unique chance to immerse you in the local lifestyle and language of such important part of the culture. This program will help you learn about certain customs which may vary from those at your home country. We suggest this program to those students who are willing to share time with local families, are used to people of different ages and will be open to home rules. Affectionate and friendly, those families that participate in the host family program welcome you with open arms. Discover the warmth of their family, experience Mexican customs, authentic Mexican cuisine and practice Spanish on a daily basis. The host family program includes breakfast & dinner during the weeks and clothes washing. Water, electricity and gas are included in the price, rents are monthly. Most places are from 10-25 minutes walking distance away from the Monterrey campus.

Residence hall
Enjoy a global experience by interacting with and living among students from Mexico and many other countries.  Hang out in social areas to play, study, talk, or watch TV.  Common laundry and cooking facilities are available on-site.  Meal plans are not offered.

Furnished apartments or houses/living off campus
If you are interested in staying with other foreign students in an independent place, this is the option you should choose. There is an abundance of homes and apartments for rent around the campus.  To find one that best meets your needs, you should arrive at least one week before your orientation to begin your search.  Consider that you will have to stay for a couple of nights in a hotel while you find a place to live.  You will responsible for the common tasks concerning housing such as cleaning the house, paying the bills and buying food communally of individually. Places are normally for three students, each one having his or her own room. Consider that you will also have to follow certain rules, since places are located in condominiums. Water, electricity and gas are included in the price, rents are monthly. Most apartments are a 10-25 minute walk from campus.


The capital of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey rests in a valley surrounded by the jagged Sierra Madre mountain range.  The distinctive Cerro de la Silla (Saddle Mountain) provides a dramatic backdrop for a city that blends the old with the new, industry and style, tradition and efficiency.  The downtown area features magnificent plazas and gardens highlighted by a pedestrian mall to the west and a historical district to the east.  Located in northeastern Mexico, only 175 miles south of the Texas border, Monterrey is the third largest city in the country.  Even with its large population, it is one of the safest cities in Mexico.

Additionally, students interested in studying at a partner institution as a visiting exchange student should first complete a Rice Study Abroad Application, for review and approval by Rice Study Abroad Office. Once approved, students will be nominated as exchange applicants at the partner institution. Students will work closely with Rice Study Abroad Office to collect and submit all application materials required by the partner institution