While Mexican culture may seem somewhat familiar, truly knowing it and understanding it occurs through immersion. You can buy guacamole anywhere, but why not shop for the ingredients in the local outdoor market and have your Mexican host mom show you how it’s made? You may have learned about the day of the dead in your Spanish textbook, but why not experience it in the flesh?
Not only will you get to know Mexican culture and improve your Spanish skills, but visiting our friendly neighbor to the south will allow you to know a country that plays an important role in U.S. politics and policy. Ancient ruins, colonial architecture, delicious cuisine, and beautiful beaches are all reasons to go to Mexico, but the rich culture and warmth of the people are what makes you want to stay.
UPAEP has an attractive location in an urban setting, just a few blocks from historic downtown Puebla. UPAEP is the ideal setting for the student who wants to know the daily Mexican life. The UPAEP campus is perfectly aligned with public transportation, connecting it to all parts of the city. Shopping centers, movie theaters, and nightclubs are all located close to campus.
This program is best for a student that is independent. A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed. Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.
Please note there is a current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico. No advisory is in effect for the state of Puebla. For more information, please click here. It is possible that students may not be approved to participate in this program until the warning lifted. We strongly urge students to consider backup options in alternative locations.
Experiences of Former Students
Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at UPAEP.
WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:
Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up. Direct options may have an additional cost (see a financial section for more information).
Puebla is located in the heart of Mexico, in the country’s central zone, just 127kms (70 miles) southeast of Mexico City. Puebla is a short trip from Veracruz, Acapulco, the Mayan Riviera and other cities.
Founded in 1973 the UPAEP was established at the request of the people of Puebla in order to serve the people in the community. The University is noted for its academic excellence and the number of accredited programs as well as for its Institutional Development Strength.
Courses of interest to ISEP participants include The Psychology of the Mexican, The Mexican Political System, Mexican and Latin American Politics, The Mexican Business Environment, and Latin American History and Culture.
Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish):
In addition to the Pre-Med program, students will enroll in sufficient courses (in English, Spanish, or Spanish as a Second Language) to reach full-time status. Please note: there is an additional fee to participate in the Pre-Med program, to be paid directly to UPAEP. For further information on this program, please contact the Program Officer for Mexico.
COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
Courses offered in English vary from one semester to another. Examples of courses taught in the past include: Examples of courses taught in the past include: Sustainable architecture; European Studies; North American Studies; Comparative Business Law; Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies; Information Systems; Systems of Government; Consumer Behavior; Quantitative Research; Seismic Engineering; Nutritional Evaluation; Introduction to Nutrition; Psychiatry; Immunology; International Private Law; Judicial Topics in Mexico; Legal System in Mexico; European Law; Asian Studies; Political History of North America; Esthetics of Documentary Films; Campaign Evaluation; Promotional Advertising Strategies.
Option 1: ISEP Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish):
HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES
1. Click on the Course information. to see the list of academic programs.
Volunteer Opportunities, Internships, Spanish Language Classes and Courses in English! UPAEP offers scholarships for a two-week language preparation course prior to the beginning of each semester. Practice your Spanish before regular university courses with this wonderful opportunity!
Academic Environment and Teaching Style
Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm. Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.
All courses/modules may have prerequisites. Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it. Be aware of these limitations.
Please review the ISEP country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.
Once accepted at UPAEP, the study abroad coordinator send you a welcome packet by mail. It includes an acceptance letter and the International Student Manual. Students who arrive on the official arrival date will be picked up by members of the International Student Club.
Students arriving on UPAEP’s official arrival date will be met at the airport upon arrival. Students will need to send their itinerary and arrive before the time indicated in acceptance materials.
UPAEP’s campus has much to offer to international students including cultural and sports activities.
|Recognized as a private Catholic university with a strong social commitment, UPAEP goes further by offering service learning programs to International Students. Such programs include an important academic component combined with a service in the community which allows students to obtain credits for those programs. Projects in the community are diverse and include most of the main fields of study such as education, nursing, pre-med and medical studies, business, dentistry and liberal arts. Programs are offered during the entire year and tailor-made programs are offered upon special request. Hours: 60 hrs of practicum, 10-20 hrs of class and lectures 10 hrs of reflection. 3 credit/hours per program are offered in a regular semester. Please indicate clearly on your course request list if you would like to participate in this program. For additional information visit the Service Learning Website.|
Students from an engineering background can participate in credit granting internships at CESAT Center of High Technology Services. Internships can be full time, 48 hours per semester, for six credits, or part-time 15 to 20 hours per semester, for three credits. Those participating in either option will also take Spanish language or regular academic courses in order to achieve full-time status. Students in the field of Chemical, Mechanic, Electronic or Mechatronic Engineering can apply. Please indicate clearly on your course request list if you would like to participate in this program.
Full year students with advanced Spanish language skills may also be able to participate in internships at companies in Puebla. Please indicate clearly on your course request list if you are interested in completing an internship.
|Housing and Meals|
UPAEP offers two basic lodging options: Residence Halls or Homestays. Depending on the student’s choice, meals will be either provided primarily by the host family or if living in the residence halls, through a semester meal stipend.
For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.
Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 programs:
Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.
You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.
Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.
Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.
For Questions About the Initial Application Process:
Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office