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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universidad Regiomontana


Located in the heart of Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana is close to all city attractions. With its flexible class schedules, U-ERRE allows students to combine studies with internships, volunteer work and recreational and cultural activities. Students can take dance classes, learn musical instruments and participate in sports workshops or creative arts.

Courses are available in Spanish and English and the language center offers intensive courses in Spanish for non-native speakers. Combine study in the business capital of Monterrey with immersion in the warm and welcoming culture of Mexico. Study, work and live as a U-ERRE “Jaguar!”

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about Universidad Regiomontana hereRead the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.


Please note there is a current US Department of State Travel Warning for Mexico. Please consult the section on Nuevo Leon for site specific advisories and information. For more information, please click here

It is possible that students may not be approved to participate in this program until the warning lifted. We strongly urge students to consider back-up options in alternative locations.  

Program Type



Monterrey, Mexico

Languages of Instruction

Spanish, some English - Depending on which option you choose: 0-2 semesters of university-level Spanish or equivalent required

Program Dates

Fall 2018:  September to December

Spring 2019: January to Late April

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  
  • Language Requirement: There is no minimum Spanish language requirement for students who will take classes in English. To take classes in Spanish a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students taking classes in Spanish should have an intermediate-level of Spanish and are expected to know basic grammar and vocabulary and to understand written and spoken Spanish.
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.


Monterrey, the capital of the state of Nuevo León, is located in northern Mexico; it is a two-hour drive to the U.S. border. Monterrey is Mexico’s third-largest city and one of its most important industrial, economic, and educational centers. All University buildings are located in the city center of Monterrey, with easy access to most amenities. They are located 5 minutes from the Macroplaza and the old town of Barrio Antiguo, where students can find cafes, restaurant, bars, cultural events, museums, and a vibrant nightlife. It is also a favorite student hangout on weekends. Monterrey is recognized worldwide as a great host of concerts, sporting, and cultural events.


The new educational model U-ERRE features innovative elements including the widespread use of technology, the possibility of learning experiences in spaces that foster academic discussion and social interaction, where the teacher has an important role to promote critical thinking of students from real situations that give meaning to the theory. Learning experiences that students have are collaborative, multidisciplinary and international vision. In addition, the model offers the possibility of national and with an international vision, participate in cultural, sports and activities of student groups, forming competitive professionals seeking the benefit of society. is available in this video.

Courses are available in Spanish and English and the language center offers intensive courses in Spanish for non-native speakers. Combine study in the business capital of Monterrey with immersion in the warm and welcoming culture of Mexico. Study, work and live as a U-ERRE “Jaguar!”

U-ERRE has a new and exciting approach to learning, have a look at the teaching methodology and classrooms.

The following fields are especially recommended for ISEP participants: Architecture, Business Administration, Education and Law, Environmental Chemistry, International Business, Marketing, Mexican Folklore, Spanish as a Second Language, and Tourism and Hotel Management (Mexican Food Specialties Lab). An Art and Mexican History course is offered each term for ISEP participants (included in ISEP benefits). 

Students generally enroll in six courses per semester and spend 21 hours a week in class. Semesters are 14 weeks in length. 



Undergraduate University Courses offered in Spanish: 
Architecture and Design (Construction, Urbanism & Computer Assisted Design); Communication Sciences (Human Relations, Journalism, Mass Media, Publicity, Social Communications, TV & Movie Production); Economics and Administrative Sciences (Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Gastronomy, Government Administration, Hotel Management & Tourism, Culinary Arts, Information Management, International Banking, International Business, International Marketing, Public Accounting, Publicity, Sales Management); Engineering and Exact Sciences (Computer Sciences, Engineering [Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechatronics, Mechanical], Environmental Chemistry, Information Systems);Humanities and Social Sciences (Bilingual Education, Composition, Psychology, Nutrition and Health); Law (International, Mexican).


An increasing number of courses are taught in English. For more, the most current list consult this website

Generally offered: Mexican History and Culture, Globalization, Contemporary Culture, Macroeconomics, Go-to-Market Strategies, Parliamentary Procedures (United Nations Model), Global Marketing, International Markets Research, Promotion, Service Marketing, Teamwork, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Special Topics of Marketing, Market’s Intelligence, Sales Management, Personnel Sales, Creative Workshop (printed media), Production Workshop (printed media), Creative Workshop (tv, media and computer), Production Workshop (tv, media and computer), Leadership, Intercultural Negotiation and others.


Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year and Semester at Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Contact hours per course per week: 3. Credit is awarded for this class and appears on the regular university transcript with other academic courses. 

Pre-Session: A pre-session, intensive Spanish language course (group or individual lessons) can be arranged for an additional fee. Contact hours per course per week: 20. 

Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students



Nursing is closed to ISEP students.



1. From the University Home Page select “Profesional” (Undergraduate) or “Posgrado” (Graduate). 
2. Select your field of study from the bar on the left. You may select courses from multiple fields of study.


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:



ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

Universidad Regiomontana is hands on oriented and enforcing students practical formation is one of the distinctive.The student employment center maintains a data base with over 6,000 job offers (internships and professional work) and is happy to assist international students in finding a placement. In addition, entrepreneurial activities are encouraged and supported with workshops and low rent office spaces. 

Volunteer work is possible through good will organizations as Red Cross Mexico, orphanages, and others. Students are encouraged to engage in local community work. Please advise your ISEP coordinator about your interests in this areas.

Student Life


Prior to the beginning of classes, students are offered a one-day orientation session. The orientation program covers academic advice, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information on city and culture. A local walking tour will help students get acquainted with our campus and after a Mexican lunch students participate in a downtown bus tour and see the tourist sites downtown.


Students arriving on the Official Arrival Date will be met at the airport by University Officials if given notice at least TWO WEEKS before the official arrival date. If a student arrives on any other date, he should contact the international office in order to arrange to pick up. Otherwise, students should follow arrival directions in the acceptance packet.


Students can get immersed in local culture by visiting museums, markets and other places of interest within the included Spanish class. A trip to Garcia Caves and Saltillos Desert museum is included in the ISEP benefits. One or two weekend trips to colonial towns or archeological sites are offered each term and students may participate with a small fee. 

The cultural division offers the perfect spot to learn and participate in activities and to immerse into the culture. Foreign students can participate in dance, Mexican folklore, salsa or hip hop, play theatre, sing, play guitar, bass or drums - if desired, foreign students can even get credit and grades for those activities. 

Sports classes are offered for general fitness, such as yoga, tai chi, aerobics. University sports teams offer international students the opportunity to play in internal and external tournaments.

ISEP Students can be paired with local “buddy” students to help them navigate life at U-ERRE.

Housing and Meals

Students either live with host families, who provide housing and meals, live in student apartments and receive a meal stipend. To view student apartments located at 15 minutes by bus from the campus, please visit this link

Pre-arranged housing is organized in double rooms, but students have the option to upgrade to single rooms if they are willing to pay an additional fee. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare

*Exchange students who apply by stated deadline may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students