Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) is one of the most prestigious private universities in Mexico with unquestionable international recognition. It is in an ideal location, close to archaeological sites and a metropolitan city. The campus is located in San Andrés Cholula which is known for being historically indigenous and still contains a larger indigenous population. San Andrés is just five miles from Puebla, a colonial era-planned city, the capital and largest city of the state of Puebla, and one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
- Students planning to take courses taught in Spanish are required to have taken SPAN 309 or equivalent prior to departure.
UDLAP offers courses in Spanish and a limited number of courses in English. All undergraduate courses are available as long as course pre-requistes are met. Students can take courses in any department except Medicine and Culinary Arts.
When studying at UDLAP at the undergraduate level, you are expected to take a minimum of 4 courses (24 units) and a maximum of 5 courses (30 units) per semester, most courses are 6 units, which include 3 hours of in-class studies per week for the duration of the 16-week semester. At the Master level (graduate level) you may take a maximum of 24 units during the semester.
2 units at UDLAP = 1 credit at Mason
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at UDLAP.
|9.0 - 10.0 Muy Bien (Very Good)
|8.0 - 8.9 Bein (Good)
|7.5 - 7.9 Suficiente (Sufficient)
|0 - 7.4 No Suficiente (Not sufficient)
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at UDLAP is similar to the Mason academic calendar. Fall semester courses begin in Mid August and end in December; spring semester courses begin in early January and end in early May.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
As an exchange student at UDLAP, you have the option to choose between living on or off campus. Exchange students at UDLAP are commonly housed in a double occupancy room in the residence hall Colegios Residenciales. All halls have a secure swipe-card entry system with 24-hour security. Residences are fully furnished and equipped with laundry facilities and common areas. Wireless Internet is available. Students also have the option of living off-campus.
Students planning to live on campus are encouraged to submit their UDLAP application as soon as possible as housing is on a first come first served basis.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid September*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Mexico's website for further information. You can also find some information on UDLAP's Immigration page.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.