Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Mexico City, Mexico, La Universidad Iberoamericana, Loyola Exchange Program


Global Exchange

Program Information

Located in a lovely business district of Mexico City, our sister Jesuit institution Universidad Iberoamericana offers two distinct program cycles. One is direct enrollment at the university for students with a high proficiency in Spanish. The other is university courses for foreigners only (courses in Spanish or English) which are geared towards students who wish to greatly improve their command of the Spanish language (the Latin American Culture Program).  Iberoamericana offers a Social Engagement program for foreign students as well. Students have the option to participate as a stand-alone program, or combine it with a regular semester at the Ibero. The participation can be handled as a volunteering experience (without academic credits), or for credits. The program is free for visiting exchange students.Students are offered home stays with Mexican families or may organize their own accommodation. In addition to students from Mexico and the United States, Loyolans will study with other exchange students from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Universidad Iberoamericana offers a truly international experience.

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Orientation Dates

  • January 4-6 (Spring 2017 Semester)
  • May 24 (Spring 2016 Semester)
  • August 3-5 (Fall 2016 Semester)

Academic Calendar Dates

  • January 9–May 12 (Spring 2017 Semester; subject to change)
  • August 8–December 2 (Fall 2016 Semester)
  • May 25–July 4, 2016 (Summer 2016 Semester)

Submit an application before the Application Deadline.

Enrollment—10,000 undergraduates, 900 graduate students

Students must have have cumulative GPA of 2.75 in order to apply.

Program Overview

Loyola's reciprocal exchange program in Mexico City, Mexico offers a cost-effective opportunity for students who are willing to accept the challenges of a highly independent study abroad program. Students will be directly enrolled in the exchange partner university, Universidad Iberoamericana, providing an opportunity for direct immersion in the culture, community and country. Loyola students on this program will be expected to have the same responsibilities as local students and will need to make a number of arrangements on their own or directly with the partner university. Loyola's Office for International Programs will offer assistance whenever possible. Students from Universidad Iberoamericana regularly study at Loyola, so it is possible to get to know about the school before leaving Chicago.

Please see the study guide for additional detailed information on the program.

Universidad Iberoamericana

The Universidad Iberoamericana is a private Jesuit institution open to all faiths and nationalities and was founded in 1943 with a School of Philosophy and Literature. After the earthquake of 1979 destroyed a great deal of Iberoamericana's campus the University moved to its new, modern campus in the Santa Fe area in the western part of Mexico City in 1988. Santa Fe is 10 miles west of downtown on the way to Toluca.

Mexico City

Mexico City is the largest city in the world with a total population of 22 million. Established by the Aztec empire before the Spanish conquistadors arrived, the Mexico City was known as Tenochtitlan and was built in the middle of a lake. It is for this reason that many of Mexico's older buildings and churches are sinking. Some well-renowned attractions in the city are the Palacio Nacional (National Palace, it is where is president's office is housed and also has a museum of muralist Diego Rivera's work). Other sites to check out are : the Catedral Metropolitana, the Alameda, Bosque de Chapultepec and the Basilica de Gualdalupe.

Curriculum Type

Advanced Level Spanish Students may take classes in the regular departments and/or also participate in the Spanish Language and Latin American Culture Program.

Students may take courses in over 34 different departments, including: 

  • Art History
  • Business Admin
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Literature
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Theology

If a student scores at the beginning level on the Spanish Placement Test, he/she will be required to take the Spanish Language and Latin American Culture program. This would also include Spanish language classes, which would be held on Monday-Fridays for two hours. The courses of the Latin American Culture Program are mainly held in English. Click here to find a list of courses taught in English. 

Spanish Language and Latin American Culture courses include (all taught in English): Latin American and Mexican History, Mexico and Latin American in the Global Context, Getting to Know Mexico City, Contemporary Latin American Culture Studies, The Latin American Identity—a Historical, Political and Social Approach. Courses change every semester-- click here for more up to date information. 

Visit the study guide to read about course descriptions.

Information on Summer Session curriculum can be found here.

Type of Accommodations

Host Family Placement—Students can be placed within the network of Mexican families who have experience in hosting students in their private homes. Normally a student will share a room with bathroom facilities. Single rooms may be requested in advance for an extra fee.

Housing Fees

  • Full Semesters: $1,700–2,050 (without meals)
  • Summer Session: $1,300 (includes 2 meals a day and laundry)

(housing costs are paid by student directly to homestays)

Program Costs

Loyola tuition plus Iberoamericana housing

Loyola (OIP) Fee—$100

CISI Insurance Fee- about $300 per semester ($150 for summer session)

*To see a detailed list of additional estimated expenses, click here.

Aid Transfer

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP), Loyola University Chicago Grants and Scholarships, Alternative Loans

Application Process

  1. Submit the LUC online application.
  2. Submit the Universidad Iberoamericana application.


 If you have questions about La Universidad Iberoamericana's Exchange Program, contact Jacob Schoofs, Loyola Study Abroad Advisor.