ITESM - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey


Through collaboration with the reputable Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, ITESM for short, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering enables its students to complete study abroad at the campus in Gudalajara, Mexico. The exchange is limited to ten students, from higher core semesters in Bachelor and Master studies, for up to two semesters.


The ITESM is one of the leading Latin American universities. Founded in 1943 by a group of entrepreneurs, the ITESM has 32 other campuses throughout Mexico in addition to the one in Guadalajara, as well as multiple branches in North America, Europe, and Asia. The Guadalajara campus was inaugurated in 1991 and is located in northwestern Mexico, in Guadalajara, the second largest Mexican city.

The partnership exists between the departments of mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, and mechatronics. You can find additional information about the university and the Guadalajara campus online. The host university's international office is also available for questions regarding visas, course selection, accomodations, and more.

The Institute of General Mechanics (IAM) maintains a study exchange partnership with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey as part of the ISAP programme. Students can study and do research at this university with a scholarship for two semesters. Further information can be found on the IAM website.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which courses can I take at ITESM?

With the following link you can find a list of courses at ITESM.

Please note that we do not give any guarantee on the information found on the universities‘ websites.

Which services does the cooperation include?

Participation in the exchange program with ITESM exempts you from paying any tuition fees for the partner university. Moreover you can apply for a scholarship (e.g. PROMOS scholarship).

What prerequisites do I need to fulfill to apply?

  • Enrolled in at least the third (Bachelor) core semester at the time of application
  • Average grade of at least 2.5
  • Proof of Spanish language skills:
    • Abitur certificate: Advanced Spanish course
    • RWTH Aachen Language Center language test (at least B1 in all sections)
    • Standardised langauge tests (e.g. DELE)

What application materials do I need to submit to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering study abroad office?

Your motivational letter and your study plan (min. 30 CP) should be entered in the respective fields on the online application platform. 

In addition, please upload the following documents in PDF format:

  • CV in German
  • Transcript of grades in English (in RWTHonline or issued by the Central Examination Office )
  • Proof of language:
    • Spanish: at least level B1, see above

Which are the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering's evaluation criteria?

The core of your application is the statement of motivation. In the statement, you need to explain how the semester abroad integrates into your curriculum. Why do you want to attend ITESM? Which courses do you want to take there? Make it evident that you have thought about the integration of academics completed externally in your curriculum here.

You are welcome to supplement your statement with your enthusiasm for the country, language, university town, etc. You can also mention individual motivation outside of studies (e.g. interest in a sports group or student club on the host university campus). We award volunteer work with an additional point.

How does the application process work?

You apply by…

  • …January 31th to begin studies in the fall (1 to 2 semesters).
  • …May 15th to begin studies in the spring term at ITESM (1 semester).

The semester times at ITESM are different from those in Aachen - please pay attention to your exam schedule, above all during the semester before your stay – our Mentoring Team is happy to support you with organizing your studies:

  • Winter Semester: beginning of August to middle of December
  • Summer Semester: beginning of January to the end of May

Please upload your application documents in PDF format to our application platform by the respective application deadline. Incomplete documents cannot be considered.

After reviewing your application, by the end of March the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will notify you in writing about your nomination; we will forward your application materials to the ITESM. You must register with the partner university at the same time. The registration deadline is April 26 or October 1 (Information is subject to change).

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Study Abroad Office will gladly answer your questions about the process and further steps after nomination.



The Study Abroad Counseling is available for further information.