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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for non-English taught courses
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Full
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:
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Study for a Semester or Year in Mexico!


Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) is located in the heart of Mexico, in one of the most historic cities of Latin America: Cholula. It is considered one of the top private universities in Mexico. UDLAP offers a range of courses in English, and is also ideal for students with a high proficiency in Spanish, or for those interested in improving their Spanish proficiency. Students can either take classes with local students through regular university classes, or take Spanish language and culture courses with other international students from around the world.


Only a short distance from Puebla, Cholula is far different in its history and relaxed daytime ambience. This 2500 year old sacred city is famous because it houses the great pyramid of Cholula. It combines the modern and traditional aspects of Mexico, attracting tourists from all over the world year-round. Owing to its large student population, the town has a surprisingly vibrant nightlife and some decent restaurants and accommodations options within a short walk of the huge zócalo.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early August to Mid December
  • Spring Semester: Early January to Mid May
For more information about the academic calendar please visit UDLAP's  website.


Students attending UDLAP will normally be placed in residence halls with shared rooms and a shared kitchenette, bathroom and washer/dryer.

As UDLAP is a full exchange program students will pay the Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian. UDLAP will cover the housing costs and provide a meal stipend to students during the program.

For more information about housing please visit UDLAP's accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
App Tuition & Fees based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $700 - $1200  $700 - $1200 
Additional Meals $100 - $200 $200 - $400
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $100 - $200 $200 - $400
Local Transportation $100 - $200 $200 - $400
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 $36
Passport $150 $150
US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
2Personal Travel and Spending $500 - $1000 $1000 - $2000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


While UDLAP teaching primarily in Spanish they do offer a select number of courses taught in English each year in the Schools of Social Science, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Business, and Sciences.  For a listing of courses taught in English please visit the UDLAP international web page and click on the Course Catalogue link.  For courses taught in Spanish please visit the individual majors web page.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the UDLAP program will be required to enroll in 24-30 UDLAP credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.