Exchange Programs

Exchange Programs 

Exchange programs are programs in which TAMU-CC has a reciprocal agreement with an institution overseas. The reciprocal exchange agreement allows for each institution to send students to the host institution for a semester or academic year. Exchange programs are the most financially feasible for students who want to study abroad for a full semester or academic year due to the fact that students are paying TAMU-CC tuition while abroad. Housing, meals, airfare, and other program related expenses will vary based on the location and the amenities offered by the host institution. 

Current Exchange options: 

*Note: Programs with an asterisk are mainly for students in the College of Business as they were selected for their program compatibility with many of the academic majors/minors housed within the College of Business. 

Tecnologico de Monterrey's programs are open to students from non-Business related majors; however, the program may have some restrictions such as language requirements, or limited course selections in English.

Course Selections:

Course selections will vary depending on which exchange program a student selects. Programs marked with an asterisk (*) above, are more appropriate for students with Business-related majors. Students should consult their CoB Advisor to discuss degree progress, course options at the host university, as well as transferability of courses. 

Students interested in studying at Pontifica Universidad will need at least a B2 Level (Intermediate/High) of Spanish in order to be considered for exchange in Colombia. The courses available to students on this program, will depend on the students current/expected language level during their term of exchange. 

Regardless of location, students are expected to carry a full-time credit course load for their semester/terms abroad for either TAMU-CC or their host university. Students studying abroad for a semester are expected to take an equivalent of 12 U.S. credit hours (minimum) while abroad. Keep in mind that the credit system, and full-time credit course load may differ from one country to the next. For example, students studying in many European countries may be required to take a minimum of 30 ECTS credits per semester (approximately, 15 U.S. credit hours). 

Housing & Meals: 

Housing will vary depending on which exchange program students select. Many foreign institutions do not own their own housing accommodations, so they may work with a housing provider in order to provide accommodations to students on exchange. Many foreign institutions also do not provide meal plans for students; however, they do have dining facilities where students can purchase meals. Depending on the amenities included with the housing options, some students may be able to select self-catering housing options which would provide a kitchen/cooking area for students to prepare their own meals. Once, again, housing will vary based on program selection and the host institution. Most housing and meals are considered an "out-of-pocket" expense for students, so they should budget accordingly. 

Program Costs: 

Most exchange program participants will pay TAMU-CC tuition for their term abroad. Students are expected to take a full-time credit course (minimum 12 U.S. credit hours) load while abroad, and will be assessed for a minimum of 12 credit hours. Tuition fees will vary depending which college the student is currently enrolled in at TAMU-CC.

Tuition will be billed directly to students via their student/SAIL account. Tuition billing and due dates will follow the TAMU-CC tuition billing and payment due dates. Please check with the Bursars Office for updated dates. 

Costs for housing, airfare, meals, and other amenities provided by the host university will be the students responsibility and may be payable directly to the host institution or the service provider the host institution utilizes. Students will need to check with their host university on when billing and payment deadlines are. Also note, some host institutions, or their service providers, may ask for deposits/payments via wire transfer. If this is the case, students may be responsible for any additional wire transfer fees incurred for these payments. 

Airfare

Airfare is NOT included in the exchange program fees. This gives students the flexibility to select their own travel dates and their own preferred airline provider. Students SHOULD NOT purchase flights until they have been officially admitted to their host institution and have been provided the arrival/departure dates for their program. 

Some host institutions may offer an airport pick/reception program. If host institutions provide this option, they usually will let students know which dates and time frames to arrive in order to utilize this service. 

Visa/Passports: 

All students will need a valid passport in order to enter/exit the country. Passports must remain valid for at least 6 months after the program end date in order for it to remain valid. Most students applying to programs that are longer than 90 days in length, will require a student visa in order to enter and legally remain in the host country. Visa regulations/restrictions will vary depending on the student's home country/country of citizenship. For example, students who are U.S. passport holders studying in Germany for a semester might not need a German student visa in order to enter the country; however, students will need to apply for their Residency Permit, within 90 days of their entry into Germany, or after their initial entry into a Schengen country. 

Students who do not have a passport, or need to renew their passport, should do so as early as possible. U.S. residents should take note that passports/renewals can take at least 4-8 months. 

The visa application process from application submission to approval may take up to 3 months. Students cannot apply for a student visa until they have been officially admitted by their host university. Because of this, students should plan accordingly, as some consulate offices require students to submit the visa application in person at the nearest consulate office (Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, or Austin). Many consulate offices require students to make visa appointments weeks, if not months, in advance, so students should plan accordingly. 

Program Eligibility: 
  • Students must be sophomore + standing (some programs require students to be Junior standing by program start date)
  • Good Academic Standing 
  • 2.5 GPA minimum (Some exchange programs may require higher GPA)
  • Students in the College of Business must be nominated by the College of Business

To apply for an exchange program: 

CoB students, meet with their Academic Advisor first to discuss eligibility and apply. Only those who have been nominated by the College of Business will be asked to complete the follow-up procedures. 

All other non CoB students, applying for exchange to Pontifica Universidad Javeriana or Tecnologico de Monterrey should submit the following items to the Office of International Education Office: