About Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)
Fall 21 Notice: We are sorry that this program is not available for the Fall 21 semester at this time due to a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory level 4 rating. UR's travel policy prohibits travel to any global destination at this level. If you have further questions or would like to consider other programs, please feel free to contact a member of the study abroad team.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program. Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- ITESO was founded by Jesuits in 1957
- Volunteer, sport, cultural and extracurricular activities
- Ranked 4th in Mexico for private universities
- Student population is approximately 5,000 students
- Approximately 10-15 foreign students attend ITESO for a semester or a year.
- Perfect location for students who want to be immersed in Spanish language and Mexican culture.
- Located on the outskirts of Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco in the western part of México
- Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico with a population of over 2.5 million inhabitants.
- Guadalajara's nickname is the "city of roses" and has an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Guadalajara is also very close to the largest lake in México, la laguna de Chapala, and is near to many colonial cities and beautiful beaches.
- Robins School of Business students may transfer back credit from only one (1) business course taken while enrolled on the program to count towards their business degree. Specific course approval must be given by Dr. Tom Cosse. RSB students may transfer courses back from non-business subjects to count towards any non-business majors/minors and general education requirements (pending departmental approval) and towards the total units needed for graduation.
- Chalo from ITESO invites Richmond students to study at ITESO
- For information about Guadalajara, click here.
- Student videos about study at ITESO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T81BUUOJCqs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBpNSYxrABc
Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
Students applying need to submit a travel warning petition if approved to participate.
Major or minor in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies (LALIS)
GPA and course prerequisites for LALIS students are outlined on the LALIS web page. Read this page carefully prior to applying.
Prior to submission of the study abroad application, students must meet with the LALIS faculty study abroad advisor. A copy of the LALIS study abroad approval form should then be given to OIE and will be filed with the study abroad application.
Non-Spanish majors and minors
- Completion of at least two 300-level Spanish language courses or the equivalent
- 3.0 overall GPA
- Junior or Senior year standing *2nd semester sophomores will be considered on a case by case basis
Click here for a list of academic programs offered at ITESO. To find English taught courses, look in the majors offered for information. ITESO also offers courses in Mexican art, literature and culture for international students.
Courses are offered in the following areas: Computer Systems, Environmental Administration, History, Law, Political Science, Theology, International Relations, Communications, Education, Psychology, and Spanish language, literature & culture.
UR students may enroll in any course at ITESO as long as all prerequisites are met. Students will normally take five courses per semester.
The philosophy and approach to education in Mexican universities is different in some ways from the U.S. system. Mexican students specialize in a specific subject, rather than study a wide range of subjects, as in the U.S. University system.
Course credits may vary per course. Please read information below carefully.
The normal courseload for Mexican students is seven courses per semester. However due to language differences, UR students who are non-native Spanish speakers are required to take at least 5 courses per semester. Students will be expected to take 30 ITESO credits per semester or 60 per year. Students are expected to take all exams and assessments expected of the ITESO students. No special arrangements can be made for early examinations.
To determine the unit value of an ITESO course, the following formula will be used by the University of Richmond Registrar's office: ITESO credits/7, round up to nearest tenth of a unit = equivalent units.
Keep in mind that a minimum unit load at Richmond is 3.5 units. A maximum of 35 ITESO credits may be transferred from each semester abroad, which is equivalent to 5 units. Therefore, in order to maintain full-time status at Richmond you should take no fewer than 24 ITESO and no more than 35 ITESO credits per semester.
Below is a sample table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript:
ITESO uses a 10-point grading system. The minimum passing grade is "7." A "6" is a failing grade. The conversion from ITESO grades to US grades are as follows:
Dates & Costs
||D (not transferable to Richmond)
Students who meet all deadlines are guaranteed a family stay with Mexican families. The family provides students with three meals daily as well as access to laundry facilities. The Exchange Coordinator at ITESO usually places Richmond students with families of ITESO students who are studying in the U.S. All residences provide basic amenities. The commute to classes depends on the location of the family stay, but will be within reasonable bus distance.
Kerry McGowan with her host family. Studied at ITESO during the fall 2014 term. Read about Kerry's experience!
Students live with local host families arranged by the ITESO international office. Most of the families have been hosting international students for many years. UR students have really enjoyed this aspect of their studies in Mexico and have developed close ties with their host families in Guadalajara.
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Available upon request.
For more information, please visit the Mexican embassy's website.
Non U.S. citizens may need a student visa. Check the website for the Mexican Embassy in your country of origin. The consular services section will usually have this information.
For More Information
U.S. citizens: A visa is only necessary if you will study in Mexico for more than six months. For students who will be in Mexico fewer than 6 months, you will only need a Tourist Permit (FMT). If you are going to Mexico for the year, you will need a visa. More information can be found on the following website.
See Patrick Schweiger, Office of International Education.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.