Tec de Monterrey Summer Courses

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About the Program

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Mexico while earning credits towards your UBC degree. Tec de Monterrey, one of UBC's key partners and one of the top universities in Mexico, offers many exciting summer programs in June and July each year at several of their 26 campuses. 

The iSummerMX program combines Spanish language learning (basic level) with Mexican identity and culture studies, and takes you to four iconic Mexican cities over four weeks. Spanish language courses (beginner to advanced level) and Mexican culture courses are offered at multiple campuses. The Social Innovation Summer Program offered by the Chiapas Campus combines coursework and experiential learning, including a project in partnership with one of several NGOs and indigenous communities in the region. Students can also take regular courses in English or Spanish in the summer session at many of Tec's campuses. Review the offerings below and the links for more information.

*When submitting your Go Global application, please indicate your preferred program(s) and campus(es) within the essay section. 

Final program details will be published by the partner institution that manages this program and are generally updated on their program webpage. However, you must apply through Go Global to be considered for this program and ensure you follow the appropriate transfer credit process.


One country, four weeks, four cities: A program designed for international students who love travelling and learning about new cultures. Discover four of the most iconic states in Mexico, visiting Mexico City, Puebla, Guadalajara and Queretaro, and immerse yourself in the Mexican culture, while learning Spanish. Students will take a basic Spanish course and a course in Mexican Identity and Culture. The program includes workshops, field trips related to the coursework, and conferences. Students will also develop basic skills of audio-visual narrative and multimedia storytelling, developing audiovisual content based on your learning of Mexican culture. Weekend trips are available for an additional fee.

See the brochure for more information.

Summer Spanish Language & Culture Courses (multiple campuses)

Many of the Tec campuses offer the opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in the summer. Students can also take part in cultural field trips and extracurricular activities to enrich their learning. A language placement test is given upon arrival and students are placed in the appropriate course level. For this reason, the year level obtained cannot be guaranteed in advance. Please see the list of pre-approved courses for transfer credit here:

Note that courses offered at individual campuses may change each session. For the most up to date listing, please consult the partner's website.

Social Innovation Summer (Campus Chiapas)

Taught entirely by Tec de Monterrey faculty, this academic and community service program offers students the opportunity to participate in experiential learning and select a course from one of three areas: Art & Intercultural (working with local indigenous Mayan artisans), Citizenship: Social & Political Practice (working with rural communities on water and health), and Social Entrepreneurship (working with the Biosphere Reserve El Triunfo Ecotourism Centre). The 5-week program partners with local community organizations and includes lectures, workshops, and challenge-based projects. For more information, please see the presentation.

This program is offered each year in Spanish. One or more courses may be offered in English during the 2nd summer session (July-August); however, students need to have an intermediate level of Spanish to participate in the community project.

There are 2 exchange spaces available for this program. Additional spaces are available via the study abroad option.

Summer Session Courses & Internships (multiple campuses)

Enroll in 1-2 content courses in a wide variety of study areas, taught in English or Spanish alongside local students. Students with advanced Spanish language skills can combine their studies with a 6-8 week part-time internship. Please note that the internship experience is not eligible for transfer credit.

Further details about Tec de Monterrey Summer Courses

Partner Institution
Tec de Monterrey
Program Dates

Summer 2018. 4-5 weeks between May & August. Actual study dates will vary depending on program.

  • Mexico
Area(s) of study
Art HistoryArtsCommerceEngineeringEntrepreneurshipManagementPolitical ScienceScienceSpanish Language
Tuition payable to
  • UBC
Application deadline
  • February 1, 2018

Additional Requirements or Restrictions

Due to Travel Advisories, some campuses are currently not open to UBC students for exchange or study abroad. The campuses available are:

  • Campus Monterrey, Mexico City Campuses (Campus Ciudad De Mexico, Campus Santa Fe, Campus Estado de Mexico), Campus Guadalajara, Campus Queretaro, Campus San Luis Potosi, Campus Aguascalientes, Campus Leon, Campus Cuernavaca, Campus Puebla, Campus Chiapas

Course Credits

Will vary depending on program. Please note that 1 Tec Unit x 3/8 = UBC credits.

Please see the list of pre-approved summer Spanish courses for transfer credit here. This includes the basic Spanish course for the iSummerMX program.

Transfer credit will be granted for the Chiapas Social Innovation Program courses as follows:

  • Art & Intercultural Studies - ANTH (3CR) - pending
  • Citizenship: Social and Political Practice - POLI 328 (3 of 6 CR)
  • Social Entrepreneurship - COMM 485 (3CR)

Transfer credits are only granted for courses with academic content and may not be granted for cultural activities or internships. Please speak to a departmental advisor if you have any questions.

Tuition and Fees

You will pay UBC tuition for the number of credits you enroll in for these programs. There are a limited number of exchange spaces available for the Chiapas Social Innovation Summer Program, which will be assessed on a competitive basis. Under exchange, students pay UBC tuition for the number of credits they enroll in.  If not selected to use an exchange space, students will pay tuition directly to the partner institution.

*When submitting your Go Global application, please indicate your preferred program(s) and campus(es) within the essay section.

Before attending the program, you will be asked to disclose how many credits you are taking in the summer program so that you can be assessed the appropriate tuition. If you enroll in more credits than you claim then you will be assessed for the additional tuition.

The partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, housing costs, field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

Award Funding

A limited number of scholarships of up to $1000 are available for students attending a Tec de Monterrey summer program. These funds are in addition to the Go Global Award (up to $1000 per term) for which all students nominated for study abroad are automatically considered if they are eligible.

One needs-based award is available per program. If you wish to be considered for this award, please include this information in your application, explaining why you feel you should receive the funding. The remaining funds will be awarded on a competitive basis and all applicants will be automatically considered.

How to apply to a Go Global Summer Program

  1. Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements, including any partner or program-specific requirements. 
  2. Apply online by the Go Global deadline listed above. Please submit only one application for the summer program of your choice (you can include a second choice as a backup on the same application if needed by selecting the "Add Item" button). If you plan to do multiple experiences (e.g. more than one summer program; a term exchange and a summer program, etc.), please submit a separate application for each experience. Our team will review your application and if successful, will nominate you to apply to the partner institution. 
  3. Pay the Go Global Fee when prompted after the application deadline.
  4. If successfully nominated by Go Global, you will receive instructions on how to apply to the partner university. This application typically includes the supporting documents listed below:
    1. Recommendation letter from a UBC professor in a field similar to the summer opportunity
    2. UBC Transcript (Go Global will provide you with a copy of your UBC transcript)

Go Global Refund Policy for Summer Programs

To receive a refund from Go Global, you must withdraw by e-mail to your Go Global advisor by March 30.

You are eligible for a refund of $321.75 if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements
  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university
  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

You will receive an $93.25 refund if you withdraw from the program in writing before March 30 for reasons other than those stated above.

Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

Advising Hours

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at the UBC Life Building (Vancouver). 

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Partner Institution
Tec de Monterrey
Program Dates

Summer 2018. 4-5 weeks between May & August. Actual study dates will vary depending on program.

  • Mexico
Area(s) of study
Art HistoryArtsCommerceEngineeringEntrepreneurshipManagementPolitical ScienceScienceSpanish Language
Tuition payable to
  • UBC
Application deadline
  • February 1, 2018