Latin America & Caribbean
Fall, Spring
Student Year
Courses Offered By
College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Keough School of Global Affairs, Mendoza College of Business

The study abroad program in Puebla, Mexico is the ultimate program for any student who seeks to improve their Spanish and follow their academic passions to the extreme! 

The Fall Semester program in Puebla is designed for pre-health students to take their passion for medicine to a higher level. Students in this program engage in a 3-credit hospital rotation program, where clinical shadowing takes place in groups and important lessons about cross-cultural medical understanding are taught. Students see the daily practice of physicians in both the public and private sector and engage in numerous trips around Mexico to learn more about traditional medicine practices in the country. 

The Fall Semester program is one of the few study abroad options to offer Physics I, with Laboratory, in English, as well as Histology, Medical Ethics, and a range of other relevant courses for the medical profession. The program also features a partnership with the Harper Institute for Cancer Research and accepts a select group of students to engage in cancer research in a pediatric oncology center. There are three different laboratories students can choose from and obtain academic credit. Proper laboratory training and a stipend are provided to selected students. 

During the Spring semester, an equal amount of exciting opportunities is offered to students of all majors! Students can choose to take classes at UPAEP, or Tec de Monterrey, combining an incredible variety of classes in the liberal arts and business and economic sciences and participating in excursions and special opportunities by both institutions. In the past, students in the Spring semester have participated in research projects and internships with filmmakers, economists, school psychologists, and the municipal government. 

Engagement in the Spring Semester goes beyond the boundaries of Puebla. Every Spring, students spend Easter Break in Guatemala, where service-learning and community building are highlighted in a bonding time for reflection, and cross-cultural understanding. Furthermore, students are taken to excursions to Mexico City, Chiapas, and Veracruz, to name a few. 

Students applying to the Puebla program in either semester must have four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Though both semesters are open to all majors, we particularly encourage pre-medicine majors to apply in the Fall and encourage humanities, social sciences, and business students to apply for the Spring semester.

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