UPAEP is a private university, founded in 1973 at the request of the people of the State of Puebla, where it has grown deep roots. The university is dedicated to service the community offering credited programs of excellence.
It is worth mentioning that the UPAEP campus has a very attractive location; we could say it is an urban campus; which is located in the middle of the city of Puebla, in the metropolitan part just 2 blocks away from the touristic Avenue Juarez and some blocks from the historic center of Puebla, which, is considered Cultural Heritage of the Humanity by the UNESCO, since is made by buildings of colonial architecture. Thus, the UPAEP campus has an excellent accessibility for public transportation toward different points of the city as to the diverse shopping centers, movie theaters and entertainment sites found very near our campus, which is ideal for the student that desires to know the true daily Mexican life.
Thanks to the internationalization effort the UPAEP has signed agreements with several universities in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, as well as with consortia, which give accessibility to students of the participating universities to come to our university in Exchange programs.
We have programs in alliance with CONAHEC (Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration) and ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs).
For the foregoing reasons, the UPAEP may receive students of universities which have agreements with it or belongs to one of the aforementioned consortia. It is important that students go to their home university exchange office to learn about their internal processes and that they are nominated as exchange students through an e-mail to the UPAEP.
In the following sections of our web page, we have specific information on how the exchange program in UPAEP works and the process to carry it out. We also have our Fact Sheet available, which complements the information exposed on our website.
In this section students will be able to find all the academic information of the UPAEP and instructions to make a pre-selection of suitable courses. We recommend you to very carefully and patiently review the information, since in this section you will find all the necessary information
Students may combine classes from different bachelor (undergraduate) programs and semesters, to make their own courses list for the exchange semester. In order to select the classes the period to study in the UPAEP must be taken into consideration, since the courses offer varies according to the semester. The periods are the following, and the lessons are distributed as follows:
(AUGUST - DECEMBER)
If you're going to study during fall you must choose from classes in odd semesters (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9)
(JANUARY - MAY)
If your option is the spring semester, you must choose from classes in even semesters (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10)
Credits transfer and courses verification both depend on the student's home University. For this reason, we suggest you review the content of the courses in the UPAEP, to see if the courses offered conform to the student's needs and to the requirements of the home University. (Below this paragraph are the abstracts of each course offered at UPAEP).
The levels of the Spanish language classes offered each semester at UPAEP as part of regular courses are: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.
(Each level has a time load of 1 hour a day from Monday to Friday and account for 6 academic credits)
At the end of each semester, when final grades are shown in our UNISOFT system, the Office of International Affairs sends the official transcript (final certificate) to the student's home University, which shows the courses, grades and credits the student obtained at UPAEP during the exchange program.
The official Transcript of studies is sent on the following dates according to the period of the exchange program:
Autumn period: 2nd week of January
Spring period: 2nd week of June
In the application format, exchange students must specify the type of accommodation they wish to have during their stay in UPAEP.
As an exchange student, you must keep in mind that your stay for the room rental is 5 months since rents are paid per full month and not per part of month.
UPAEP offers 2 accommodation options: UPAEP dormitories or a Host Family
In case of not choosing any of the above options, students can opt to Search Their Own department or room for renting. The Office of International Affairs will be able to give support with providing the recommendations of rooms for rent former students have left.
Tips on Searching your Own Accommodation
This option is ideal for students looking to save in their costs of lodging, as well as food expenses; since renting a room with access to a kitchen may help reduce the cost of food if they want to cook their own food.
Around the campus there are several rooms and apartments for rent for UPAEP students. Vacancies are limited and are taken up quickly by UPAEP students. The rent of furnished rooms varies in price (from $2,700 to $3,200 MXN) and the rent of an apartment varies greatly, depending on the location and the size of the apartment (it can range from $4,000 up to $8,000 MXN)
Generally each rent needs one month of rent payment in advance. In some places it is refundable and in some it is not, reason why it is recommended to ask the terms and rules for deposit and rent, for which landlords must provide a "contract of lease".
UPAEP dorms are located 4 blocks from the UPAEP main campus so the students can commute by walking.
It is important to note out that for students in exchange program, the accommodation contract of dorms UPAEP is made per semester. Once the reservation is made by email and the dorm is physically occupied, there will be NO service cancellation.
NOTE:In the event of cancellation for any reason, there will be a charge for the total of the months reserved in the UPAEP Dormitories.
RESERVATION OF A DORM
The vacancy in the UPAEP Dorms is limited, so if a student decides to have a room in this place he/she must fill out the UPAEP Dormitories admission form as soon as having received the ID and the letter of acceptance from the UPAEP.
How to request a room in the UPAEP Dormitories?
To reserve a room in the UPAEP Dormitories the dormitories application for admission must be filled, which is in the dormitories web site. See Site: Application for admission to the dormitories
UPAEP has several families in Puebla that offer hosting services for exchange students. These families consider students as part of them, allowing them access to their homes while introducing students to the Mexican family life.
Approximate cost: $5,700 Pesos per month. Includes, lodging, breakfast, and dinner, as well as the commodities: power, internet, water, gas and the facilities to wash your clothes.
Payment is done directly with the host family the first week of each month.
In case of requesting the hosting service with a host family, you must fill the format of host family, which is in the UPAEP application.
All the students who already have been nominated by their International Office from their Home University by email to the UPAEP's International Affairs Office; they will be able to fill up the pre-registered in our web, otherwise UPAEP could not validate the application.
Once the student has completed the pre- register on our website, he/she will receive by email the confirmation and the UPAEP application form personalized.
Before you start the online registration, you should prepare the following:
Once you have the information ready, it will take you approximately 5 minutes to fill up the pre-register.
Once the student has been accepted by the UPAEP for the exchange program, he/she will receive an email which will include the letter of acceptance, UPAEP student number, ID and password. After this step, the student must prepare his/her arrival to the UPAEP; in the UPAEP Exchange Manual there is detailed information about our city, our university (campus, services, system of academic classes and credits, procedure for the selection of subjects, etc.) more information on the lodging in Puebla, among other recommendations.
1. What is the application process?
1st step: Get to the nearest office of exchanges of your University to find out if they have an agreement with the UPAEP or if it is part of one of the consortia the UPAEP is a part of (ISEP, CONAHEC and PAME-UDUAL), in this way, ask the exchange coordinator of your home university to send an email to apply as an exchange student in UPAEP.
2nd step: Fill out your details in the pre-registration.
3rd step: Wait for the confirmation email along with the UPAEP format of application.
4th step: Fill out the UPAEP application format according to the instructions and the information requested in the format.
5th step: Send your UPAEP application form in a single PDF file to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6th step: Wait for the email with the scanned letter of acceptance, along with your UPAEP student number (enrollment), ID and password.
2. If my home university has no agreement with UPAEP and does not belong to any consortium where both universities are participating, can I still make an exchange in UPAEP?
Yes, it is possible. In this case you must pay the tuition and registration fee in UPAEP. The cost of the tuition will vary depending on the number of subjects chosen and number of credits that each subject has. (Usually each subject has 6 credits)
To request information about this, you must send an email to: email@example.com
3. Is it necessary to have a valid passport before starting the process of application for the UPAEP?
Yes it is necessary, because in order to make the pre-registration online. A prerequisite is to attach a copy of the valid passport. The reason for this is that with this information the process will begin for the letter of acceptance and for the Migration offices in Mexico.
4) When do I have to send the application documents?
It is important that once the pre-registration is made, the application papers are filled out and sent (no later than 3 weeks later). In this way the process of the exchange will be much quicker.
As deadline, the following time schedules are considered:
Please check the calendar information in our website to make sure which is the deadline of the current semester.
It is important to highlight that the letter of acceptance will be sent a week after you have submitted the application format scan by email. (Duly filled out, with the additional documents specified in the first worksheet of the application format)
5) Do I have to send the entire application format, all at once?
The format of application that you are sent to your email must be filled out; the information with the documents that you are requested must be completed and sent no later than 3 weeks after it is done.
In the case of the format of Lodging with a Family; you should only fill out and send it in case you require living with a host family, otherwise the format should not be filled and you should not send the scan. (At the top of the format it reads "Only for those who choose this type of accommodation")
With regard to the format of arrival; you can then send it by e-mail in a separate file, when you have bought your plane ticket.
The last part of the application is the instructions for arrival to Puebla. This information is for your information only, so we would much appreciate it not to be scanned or sent (they are the last two sheets of the application format).
6) How do I apply for the program of Preparation of the Language?
UPAEP offers 30 places for this scholarship. To apply for this program, you must RSVP online. RSVP online.
** Please keep in mind that the course of Preparation-of the language does not appear in the university´s regular academic record. In case the students do not complete the course of preparation- of the language, they will pay $170 USD for the program.
7) How do I choose the classes for my exchange program?
In our web page, in the part of ACADEMIC INFORMATION, the information on what courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters is mentioned. As well, the information to download the supply of subjects for each Academic Department is also displayed, which it is separated by semester and shows a brief description of the course, as well as the data of academic credits that subject has.
In the event that you wish choose subjects in English for the exchange, in the part of ACADEMIC INFORMATION (in the yellow square) you can download the list the courses in English that will be offered in the next semester at hand.
Note: The subjects to be studied during the exchange in UPAEP should be written on the third page of the format of UPAEP application. This information requested is a Pre-Selection of the subjects. Later, a month before starting the exchange semester, you will be given access to our UNISOFT system in order to check the schedules and availability of the course (capacity and number of groups per class).
8) How do are the subjects of my exchange registered?
A month before starting the exchange semester, you will be given access to our UNISOFT system in order to check the schedules and availability of the course (capacity and number of groups per class). Afterwards, each student will have to make the enrollment of his/her subjects in UNISOFT, using the UNISOFT guide that will be sent to them in the welcome email.
The time for registration is the following:
a) For the fall semester: the enrollment is done the first week of the month of August.
b) For the spring semester: the enrollment is done the first week of the month of January.
Please check the calendar information in our website to make sure which is the deadline for subject enrollment of the current semester.
9) Can I change my classes after having chosen them?
Yes, it is possible to change or modify the choice of your enrolled subjects. During the orientation session you will be explained the process and the dates. However, it is important that the enrollment for the subjects can be done from the beginning, in the most real and consciously feasible way.
10) When should I arrive? Can you pick me up at the airport?
For each period (fall or spring) we have only two dates and a specific time to receive students at the airport in Mexico City and at the 4 West bus station of the city of Puebla. Please review the dates and times in the calendar section.
Our UPAEP host students offer their time to welcome the exchange students and show them the way of taking a bus that will take them to Puebla City and once they arrive to Puebla to help them take a cab to the UPAEP dormitories / hotel / room reserved to rent / or submit them to your Host Family.
This service is only to escort you, reason why each student is responsible to pay their own bus fee to get to Puebla City and the cab fee to reach their destination.
If you do not want to receive the reception service at the airport, you can arrive any day before the orientation week. It is important that you let the Office of International Affairs know your date of arrival to Mexico so they have a control of the arrivals.
It is important that let you know that the attendance to the orientation week is mandatory, since throughout the week we will discuss issues fundamental to the development of your exchange in UPAEP; we will have several activities that will allow you to learn about our campus, the city, and mingle with your other exchange colleagues.
11) How do I get from Mexico City airport to Puebla City?
There is a company called "Estrella Roja (Red Star)", which offers bus service from the Airport to two bus stations in Puebla:
- 4 West
- Puebla Bus Station (CAPU)
The closest one to the UPAEP campus is the 4 West Bus Station. From either of the two bus stations you must take a taxi from an established cab central to the place where you want to reach.
In the application form, in the last pages, there is very detailed information on how and where to go. Please check it thoroughly.
12) How do I get from Puebla City Airport to Puebla City (hotel / residences / homestay)?
The only way to get anywhere from the airport of Puebla is through a taxi. That is why you will need to take a taxi from the airport to your final destination.
13) Do I need a visa to enter the country?
All exchange students that are accepted by the UPAEP will receive an acceptance letter to fulfill their corresponding migration process.
The student visa depends on the duration of the stay of studies and the country of origin.
Countries that require a visa to enter Mexico
Case 1) All the students who are going to study in Mexico for MORE than 180 days must apply for a visa at the consulate closest to their city and complete the process to get the student permit upon arrival in Puebla.
The Office of International Affairs in the UPAEP will provide a special letter of acceptance so students can apply for a VISA in their country of origin. For more information visit the Directory of Embassies and consulates
It is important you let the UPAEP´s Office of Student Exchange know in which consulate or embassy you will process your student visa.
Case 2) If the students will stay in Mexico LESS than 180 days (6 months), they DO NOT have to process the visa. The Office of International Affairs in the UPAEP will provide a letter of acceptance for each student, which will confirm the reason for the trip, so when the students arrive to Mexico they can show the letter of acceptance to the immigration officials of the Mexico City airport; thus, the agents will give the students a form of migration (FMM) where students should specify that they are "Visitor with Non-profit Activities".
14) When will the transcripts or certificate of studies of the exchange be sent? Is it possible to get the transcript in English too?
At the end of the period of the exchange the certificates of the final grades of each student will be sent to the office of exchange at the University of Origin.
In the final certificate the subjects the student coursed in UPAEP will be shown along with the final grades obtained and the number of credits that each subject has. It will also be shown reference information on the equivalence of UPAEP grades to the grades of the United States.
a) For semester coursed in fall: The certificate is issued the 2nd week of January in this way: it is scanned, sent by email and by courier.
b) For semester coursed in fall: The certificate is issued the 2nd week of June in this way: it is scanned, sent by email and by courier.
Unfortunately, UPAEP only has official documents in Spanish and dos not offer the translation option. This is why the final grades certificate will be in Spanish. We have had no problems with this situation because the courses are in Spanish in one of the popular languages in the world.
15) How many courses / credits are considered within a normal load for the semester?
A normal load of subjects is considered to be between 5 to 6 subjects, which mean that there will be between 30 to 36 UPAEP credits.
(Each subject in UPAEP usually has 6 academic credits)
16) What is the equivalence of a credit in UPAEP?
The credits measure the time required to acquire knowledge of the content of a subject. This implies a certain number of hours-class taught by a teacher and a certain amount of hours of independent work by the student. An hour of effective learning activity (with teachers or independent) is equivalent to 0.0625 credits, or put more simply: 1 Academic credit is equivalent to 16 hours of learning in class.
Each 6-credit subject is usually 4 hours of instruction and 2 hours of independent work on a weekly basis (6 hours of study per week) during 16 weeks, which is the time span of a semester in UPAEP. This gives a result of 96 hours per 6-credit subject.
17) What is the grading scale in UPAEP?