PUEBLA: Universidad de Las Americas (UDLA)

Puebla, Mexico

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - August - December
  • Spring Semester - January - May
  • Summer 1 Semester - May - June
  • Summer 2 Semester - Late June - Late July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - Early March
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - February 1
  • Summer 2 Semester - February 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY PLACED MEXICO ON THE TRAVEL WARNING LIST. AS SUCH, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO THIS PROGRAM, YOU MUST PETITION THROUGH THE RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. APPROVAL IS NOT GUARANTEED AND THE PROGRAM CAN BE PULLED AT ANY TIME IF OISP DEEMS THE REGION UNSAFE.

This program focuses on North American political and social issues, including an understanding of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Students with Spanish language proficiency may choose classes from UDLA's regular course offerings. There are some courses taught in English, however this changes each Semester depending on the expertise of visiting professors. In addition, students will usually take at least one Spanish language class.

Courses

  • Semester: Students are encouraged to take 2 Spanish Language courses and 2 courses taught in English (total of 4 courses for 16 NU credits). Students who are comfortable taking classes exclusively in Spanish may also choose from a variety of courses from UDLA's main course offerings. Courses taken abroad may satisfy college and departmental core requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to discuss the specific requirements that may be satisfied abroad.
  • Summer: Students will be enrolled in two courses and receive 8 NU credits.

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Host University

The University of Americas (UDLA) is located five miles from Puebla City, and one half mile from the town of Cholula, which dates back to One BC, and is famous for its pyramids. The University was founded in 1940, and has approximately 5,800 students coming from over 30 countries around the globe. The University offers many opportunities for students to work on their Spanish language skills through academic course work and/or finding conversation partners.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5 
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS PLACED MEXICO ON THE TRAVEL WARNING LIST. AS SUCH, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO THIS PROGRAM, YOU MUST PETITION THROUGH THE RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. APPROVAL IS NOT GUARANTEED

Application Procedure

    • Completed online OISP application

      Please submit the following directly to OISP:

    • Completed Host Institution Application Forms
    • Notarized copy of passport ID page
    • Online Spanish placement exam
    • Official transcript
    • *Students applying to this program must go through an additional approval process through university risk management. Approval is not guaranteed. Students are allowed to apply to a backup program.*
    • 1 letter of recommendation
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Summer 1 2014: $10,295

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

 

Summer 2 2014: $10,295

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Accommodations

Students may choose to live with either Mexican families or with other UDLA students on campus. Campus housing does not offer a meal plan. Kitchens are located in the dormitory and equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and freezer. Students who choose to live with a family will reside approximately 10-20 minutes outside of campus. Host families provide 2 meals a day.

Destination

Puebla is located in the south central part of Mexico, only two hours from Mexico City. With wrought-iron balconies and window grating, and the swirling patterns of Talavera tiles, it is considered to be one of Mexico's greatest archetypal colonial cities. Puebla is a host to many museums and noteworthy forms of native arts and crafts. Local fairs, religious processions, musical events, and a lively night life add to Puebla's enjoyable city.