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  • Locations: Puebla, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Spring-Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: NC State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Duration: Calendar Year, Semester Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 5 semesters Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore NC State Students Only: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Provider: NC State
High Impact Experiences: Internship Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities Additional Requirements: None
Click here for a definition of this term College or Unit: N/A
Program Description:
The Location
Puebla is the capital of the Puebla state and has a population of nearly 1.5 million people.  Known as "Puebla of the Angels", the city has developed a reputation for its abundance of cultural heritage. The history of the city can be seen in its architecture as well as its cuisine.

The University is actually located in the town of Cholula, just outside of Puebla. Cholula derives its name from the Náhuatl word Cholollan, which means "water that falls in the place of escape." The town is one of the oldest settlements of Mexico, and has been continually inhabited since the later pre-classic period. The city was founded in 1557, but before the Spanish conquest it acted as a religious centre where pilgrims gathered from all over the region of Anáhuac, and where Aztecs worshipped the god Quetzalcóatl. Today Cholula has around 80,000 inhabitants.

The University
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) is one of Mexico´s most prestigious private universities, providing a space in which different cultural contexts merge and students are driven to excel. There are more than 7,200 students at the university. There are also international students from more than 30 countries. While you are studying at UDLAP, there are lots of ways to get involved!
At UDLAP there are 3 types of courses that you can take.
  1. Courses with local students. UDLAP offers Spanish-taught courses in the followings Schools: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering, and Business & Economics. The Course Catalog offers general content descriptions - please note that not all courses are offered every semester.
  2. Courses in English. UDLAP also offers a limited number of English-taught courses, each semester. Click here for an example of previous semester offerings.
  3. Spanish Courses for Foreigners. In addition, students may take courses from the Spanish for Foreigners offerings (see also this page).  Not all courses will be offered every semester.
The Course Schedule is typically available ~1 month prior to the start for classes for a given semester.

The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved at for NC State students.  Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department.  This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad.  Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.

As an exchange student at UDLAP, you have the option to choose between living ON or OFF campus.
  • On-campus:  Students may apply to live in one of the double-occupancy "Colegios Residenciales."  You will submit a Housing Application after you have been offered acceptance to the program.
  • Off-campus:  Students who prefer to live off-campus are recommended to find an apartment with other students - this will be the sole responsibility of the student. The International Office at UDLAP does not provide information on apartment availability. The on-campus information center known as M.A.R.I in the “Centro Social” publishes listings of available apartments, the apartment address, costs and telephone numbers to contact the landlord. The best way to find an apartment is to arrive a few days prior to the first day of the Orientation Week program. You will have to make reservations in a hotel until you find roommates and an apartment. 
Travel Documents
Apply for a passport ASAP. If you already have a passport, make sure that it will be valid for 6 months after you return from your program. UDLAP will help you with the visa process if you are going for an academic year.

Money Matters
Cost information is shown in the Fall and Spring budget links above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad.For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.
Academic Calendar:  The spring semester runs from early January to late-May and the fall semester from early August to mid-December. 
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/21/2018
09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Spring-Fall 2019 09/21/2018
09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019
02/15/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.