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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universidad La Salle in Mexico

While Mexican culture may seem somewhat familiar, truly knowing it and understanding it occurs through immersion. You can buy guacamole anywhere, but why not shop for the ingredients in the local outdoor market and have your Mexican host mom show you how it’s made? You may have learned about the day of the dead in your Spanish textbook, but why not experience it in the flesh? 

Universidad La Salle offers international students with an array of support services, a wide variety of academic programs, and excellent infrastructure. Our campus is green, safe, inviting and easily accessible.

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 La Salle here! Read 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. No advisory is in effect for Mexico City, and additional information on the State of Mexico is available. 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



Mexico City, Mexico

Languages of Instruction

Spanish - 4 semesters of Spanish or equivalent required

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Late July/Early August to Late November/Early December

Spring 2019: late January to late May/early June

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: A minimum of 4 semesters of Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students must prove that they are proficient in Spanish at the B2 level (intermediate - advanced). Students may prove this if they have taken the DELE exam and have an official score. Students who do not have a DELE exam will take a language assessment exam upon arrival. Students who do not meet the B2 requirement (or who do not test into the B2 level upon arrival) may apply for Universidad La Salle but will be required to enroll in Spanish classes at an additional fee (approximately $270 USD per class). 
  • 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.


Universidad La Salle is centrally located in the heart of the trendy neighborhood Colonia Condesa, which can be easily reached by subway, bus to taxi. It is within walking distance of many restaurants, cafes, bookstores, museums and movie theaters, and only a thirty-minute ride from the Historic Center of Mexico City.


Universidad La Salle offers international students with an array of support services, a wide variety of academic programs, and excellent infrastructure. Our campus is green, safe, inviting and easily accessible.

Founded in 1962, Universidad La Salle is an institution of higher education committed to the integral development of its students. It is part of the worldwide network of Christian Brothers schools established in the 17th century by the French educator St. John Baptist De La Salle.

Our Administration, Architecture, and Engineering programs have been ranked at the top of the country; our Education programs offer courses that may be of interest in the Bilingual Education field; courses in art history are offered through the Architecture School. Other areas of interest to ISEP students, because of its well-known academic level, include Engineering and Chemistry. La Salle is one of 24 FIMPES members with an Academic Excellence Registry given by the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education. 

Regular attendance, completion of oral and written projects, participation in class discussions, and partial & final tests are regular practices at La Salle, and they are part of the final grade.

Students generally enroll in four to seven courses per semester and spend 20 to 30 hours a week in class. Semesters are 16 weeks in length. 



Universidad La Salle offers 28 undergraduate programs in six faculties: 
1. Faculty of Business (Actuary, Business Administration, International Trade, Accounting, Business Information Technology, and Marketing) 
2. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Religion Studies, Education Sciences, Elementary Education, Pre-School Education, Psychology, and Philosophy 
3. Faculty of Law (Law and International Relations) 
4. Faculty of Chemistry (Environmental Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, and Biochemistry & Pharmacology) 
5. Faculty of Engineering (Biomedical, Cybernetics & Computer Studies, Civil, Electronics & Communications, Industrial, Mechanical, and Mechatronics) 
6. Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Communication (Architecture, Graphic Design, and Communication Science)


Language Courses: Intensive and semi-intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes at additional cost. Grades and credits will be noted on an official certificate if requested by the student. Please note that these classes will not appear on the regular university transcript. Students should verify with their home university if credits from certificates will be accepted for transfer. 



Courses in School of Medicine are not open to ISEP students.


For information on available courses and schedules, consult this link.

If course descriptions are needed, please contact the Program Officer for Mexico.

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

If requested, ISEP students may participate in volunteer work and/or internships to enhance their experience. For more information on current programs and opportunities, please contact the Social Community Development office at mrg@ulsa.mx or Special Projects at wjv@ulsa.mx.

Student Life


The orientation program takes place one week before classes start and are mandatory for all exchange students. La Salle students welcome and support exchange students during orientation week. Academic advice, emergency procedures, safety tips, Mexican history, and culture are all covered. Visits to tourist sites and cultural activities are also included.


Universidad La Salle will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.


Universidad La Salle services and facilities include computer labs, library, conference rooms, language center, bank, cafeterias (including a Starbucks on-campus), and fully equipped athletic facilities with a swimming pool and basketball courts.La Salle also offers students emergency medical services and a bilingual doctor 24/7. Students may participate in sports, cultural and/or social courses and activities. The Center for International Education welcomes and supports our exchange students.

Housing and Meals

Students are accommodated with Mexican families, selected and supervised by the university. Homes are within walking distance of campus. Meals are provided by host families. 

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


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.