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  • Locations: Puebla, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year
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  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Program Description:
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UDLAP Dual Degree Program


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. Dual-degree students from App State commit to spending their freshman and senior years at their home institution here in Boone, and their sophomore and junior years at UDLAP in Cholula, Mexico.  While at UDLAP, App State students take classes toward both their major and minor, as well as to fulfill some of the General Education requirements. 

At the conclusion of the DDP, students who fulfill both universities’ requirements receive a B.S. degree in one of the five communication majors (that is, advertising, broadcasting, communication studies, journalism, or public relations) from App State and one of the three Bachelor’s degrees in communication from UDLAP (that is, media production, public image, or digital animation).  In addition, just like all App State communication majors, dual-degree students may complete the requirements for a minor or a double major.  


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 housing and meal costs to Appalachian State.

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


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
  Academic Year
Full Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
Housing & Meals Full Exchange Fee
2OIED Program Development Fee $200
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
2The 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
  Academic Year
Airfare $700 - $1000 
Additional Meals $200 - $400
1Personal Expenses $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $400 - $600
Local Transportation $200 - $400
Visa (for US Citizens) $36
Passport $150
Appalachian Student Health Insurance $2220
2Personal Travel and Spending $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: Academic 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 $500 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.



All students are expected to maintain the equivalent of a full time course load while abroad (12 or more credits).

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 Planning web page.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.