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UK Exchange: Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (ISEP Exchange)
Puebla City, Mexico
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates &
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Fees and Policies Academic Year,
Fact Sheet:
 Experience Type:
Service Abroad, Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Accounting, Agriculture, Architecture, Art, Art History, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, European Studies, Film, Finance, Health, History, Hospitality Management and Tourism, Human Resources, Humanistic Tradition Abroad, International Business, International Relations, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Health, Psychology, Social Policy, Statistics
 Course Language:
 Minimum Language Requirement:
3 semesters
 Housing Options:
Homestay, Residence Hall
3-Junior, 4-Senior
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Laurence Tuccori
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Provided by program partner
Program Description:

Although some areas of Mexico are currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning, the specific location of this program is NOT included in that warning. Eligible UK students may participate in the programs in this program with full support from the University. The University requires that all students on this program submit supplemental materials regarding this information PRIOR to Education Abroad application acceptance for this program. It is important to understand that should the Travel Warning change to include the locations of this programs there might be additional application requirements that must be completed in order to maintain University support for participation in the program.

**There are supplemental application forms for all applicants on this program. Contact Laurence Tuccori ( before applying for this program.**

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Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla

Fast Facts

Puebla City, Mexico (pop. 2.2 million)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
Course information

Please note the current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico.
For more information, please click here.


Please note the current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico.
For more information, please click here.

Puebla has a population of two million. It is the fourth largest city in Mexico and is considered one of the most important and beautiful colonial cities in the country. The historic center of the city still contains much Spanish Colonial architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Puebla is a good place to introduce oneself into Mexican traditions and culture.

Program Type

Academic year or semester exchanges

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement

ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates

Academic year: mid August to early May; Semester 1: mid August to early December; Semester 2: mid-January to early May.


Option 1: ISEP-Exchange-Regular University Courses (Spanish):
Academic Year and Semester Exchanges
Students who meet the language requirement may take Regular University Courses offered in Spanish which include:
architecture, art history, design & advertising, graphic design, film studies and audiovisual production.
Business: business administration and logistics, economics, international trade, hospitality management, marketing, finance, accounting, culinary art.
Health Sciences: dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, nutrition.
Social Sciences: communications, journalism, law, political science, international relations.
Humanities: pedagogy, philosophy, psychology, literature and history.
Science and Engineering: agronomy [animal & plant sciences], veterinary, chemical, civil and environmental engineering, biotechnology. Industrial, mecatronics, electronics, bionics, autoparts manufacture, automotive design, software and computer systems engineering. Information Technology.

Option 2: ISEP-Exchange-Spanish as a Second Language and Regular University Courses (English): Spanish as a Second Language courses are offered at a variety of different levels. Taken in addition with courses offered in English (see below), and Community Service Learning courses for credit, students will be able to register full time.

Courses taught in English

Courses offered in English vary from one semester to another. Examples of courses taught in the past include: Sustainable architecture; European Studies; North American Studies; Comparative Business Law; Asian, African and Middle Eastern Studies; Information Systems; Telemetry; Systems of Government; Consumer Behavior; Cuantatative Research; Seismic Engineering; Nutrition Evaluation; Introduction to Nutrition; Psychiatry; Immunology; International Private Law; Judicial Topics in Mexico; Legal System in Mexico; European Law; Asia; Political History of North America; Esthetics of Documentary Film; Classic Models of Narrative and Drama; Campaign Evaluation; Promotional Advertising Strategies. For the most current list, consult ISEP.

Housing and Meals

Students can choose between two housing options: homestay or residence hall. Depending on their choice, meals are given together with a montly stipend.


Founded in 1973 the UPAEP was established at the request of the people of Puebla in order to serve the people in the community. The University is noted for its academic excellence and the number of accredited programs as well as for its Institutional Development Strength.

UPAEP's urban main campus, only 15 minutes away from historical downtown, facilitates collaboration between the community and students. Campus facilities include a fully equipped computer center, library center, film center, gymnasium, outdoor pool, and other sports facilities. The university is known for its basketball and soccer teams, and student groups are active in theater, dance, chorus, speech and debate, photography, and animation. Total university-level enrollment: 8,000.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

Visit the ISEP Directory Page for more info
Visit the ISEP Home Page





ISEP Network

In addition to the program featured above, UK students may petition to participate on any exchange program within the ISEP network. For more information on additional ISEP Exchange programs, visit the ISEP Search for a Program or the Directory of International Universities.


This program is open to undergraduate students of junior or senior standing from all academic disciplines.

Academic Credit

  • Students will earn transfer credit from Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla.  The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school. However, the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
  • PRIOR to participating in this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the courses will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in the application materials.  
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the Education Abroad at UK office. Once received, the Education Abroad staff will coordinate the transfer of credits to UK.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) the term they are abroad.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.


  • Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to Education Abroad at UK and one to ISEP. For the ISEP application, visit the program webpage.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders wishing to study for less than 6 months are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the Mexican Embassy.
  • U.S. passport holders wishing to study a full academic year must obtain a visa for entry into Mexico and have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of return. Please consult the Mexican Embassy website or your Education Abroad advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in travel medical insurance via ISEP. For details on the coverage provided please visit the ISEP Health Insurance website.

Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended dates via Education Abroad at UK. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. There is an option to purchase the extended coverage in the application.

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.