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UK Exchange: Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (ISEP Exchange)
Puebla City, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Partner Website: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Cost and Budget Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 08/10/2016 ** Rolling Admission 01/18/2017 05/19/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
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:
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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.


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.

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

Students must be in possession of a valid passport at the time of application to this program.

Academic Credit

Students will earn transfer credit from Universidad Popular Autónoma 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 Autónoma 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 UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.
  • PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials. 
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK. 
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad. 
Required Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to ISEP. For the ISEP application, contact the UK EA advisor (see contact information below). 
**There are supplemental application forms for all applicants on this program. Contact your Education Abroad Advisor before applying for this program.**

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Usually, financial aid (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 UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs. 
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Cost & Budget" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility, in Room 106 of Bowman's Den, accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website. 
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations on the website the Mexican Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain a visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.
Health & Safety Abroad
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 your Education Abroad Advisor before applying for this program.**

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

Diversity Abroad
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
Mr. Laurence Tuccori, EA Exchanges Coordinator, 

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