Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

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


Exchange Program

Study abroad at Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) through Loyola's Global Exchange Program. You will have the opportunity to study in Mexico City, the oldest metropolis on the American continent, is situated in the central region of Mexico at about 2,240 meters (7,392 feet) above sea level, flanked by the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Previously known as the “City of Palaces”, the former capital of the Aztec empire is a cosmopolitan and vibrant global city, where new and old traditions coexist. This is one of the largest cities in the world (population over 22 million) and the second city with more museums (170).

PLEASE NOTE: Students who study abroad on Global Exchange programs should prepare for a highly independent and immersive experience. You will take courses with host university faculty and be held to the same academic policies and standards as local students. Academic support will vary across programs and often differs from the support you receive at Loyola. While the coursework and support may be different than what you are used to in the U.S., the grades you receive abroad will still factor into your LUC GPA.  Check out our policies page for more information on academics.

Universidad Iberoamericana, our sister Jesuit school located in Mexico City.

IBERO is ranked amongst the top universities in Latin America and is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, for its excellence. With a strong sense of social commitment, Ibero strives to tackle issues such as migration, human rights and environmental problems help students contribute positive change to their social environment. 

Ibero's main campus is located in Mexico City's key business district, with both national and international enterprises just around the corner. Close to Mexico's largest shopping mall (Centro Comercial Santa Fe), the university is surrounded by modern and ambitious architecture, skyscrapers and enterprises, without losing its comfortable and unhurried character.  

As an exchange student, you will have access to all of the facilities located on campus from the state-of-the-art labs and workshops to the sport facilities, library, observatory and much more. You can also take part in Buddy Program, the Social Engagement Program as well as any of the many extracurricular activities

Please see the study guide for additional detailed information on the program. Or check out IBERO's Youtube and Facebook channels for more insight into this amazing campus community and program opportunity.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: Early August - Early December

Spring Semester: Early January - Mid-May 

Summer Session: May - July

Overview of Academic Experience

Depending on the level of prior Spanish language knowledge students will build their schedule in on of a few ways:

  • Beginner Level ofSpanish
    • Intensive Spanish language courses (2 hours daily)
    • English taught courses through academic departments
    • Latin American Culture Program course 
  • Intermediate and Advanced
    • Spanish or English taught courses through academic departments
    • Latin American Culture Program courses
    • Intensive Spanish language courses (2 hours daily)*

*Intermediate level students are strongly encouraged to take the intensive language courses and/or the intermediate conversation course.

Visit the study guide to read about course descriptions.

Information on class schedules is published here every semester

Regular Department Program

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

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Business Administration + International Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Design (Graphic, textile, fashion, interactive, industrial)
  • Economics
  • Engineering (industrial, chemical, physics, mechanic, etc)
  • Finance
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Literature
  • Marketing
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Political Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Theology

The Latin American Culture Program

courses are all taught in English and include: Latin American and Mexican history, US – Mexico relations, Getting to know Mexico City, Biological and cultural diversity in Mexico, Latin America: case studies. Courses change every semester-- click here for more up to date information. 

Exchange students at IBERO have several options for housing: 

Homestay Experience (recommended)

While studying at IBERO students have the possible to see daily Mexican culture firsthand, practice the Spanish language and experience true immersion by residing with a host family.  IBERO has an extensive network of families within Mexico City and you will be able to choose the family up-front.  

The housing fee is a flat rate for this option.  Meals and laundry service is NOT included in this flat rate however you will work out kitchen privileges, meals and laundry directly with your host family. Please note that each host family is different. 

Additional Options

Students can also pursue the option of renting their own apartment or sharing with other students however this is not recommended.  The housing office at Ibero can help to advise you on the best options for you 

What costs should I expect?

  • Loyola tuition
  • Iberoamericana housing
  • Loyola (OIP) Fee—$100
  • International Airfare and Spending Money

What Financial Aid Applies?

Federal (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loans, Other Loans); State (IL Monetary Award Program Grant (MAP)): Loyola Grants and Scholarships

Application Process

  • Complete an LUC application to be eligible for nomination to host university by OIP
  • Once nomination is accepted by host university, OIP will follow-up with next steps


Please note that you will need to meet OIP's application deadlines in order to be considered for the program.

*While IBERO will have alternate deadlines, all Loyola students must adhere to both Loyola University and IBERO deadlines*

Interested in studying abroad for 4-weeks at IBERO? You are in luck, IBERO offers several program opportunities:

Regular Department Summer Session

Take 1 - 2 courses through the offerings provided by the academic departments.  Courses are subject to change with updated courses are posted in May so you will need to have several options for course types.

  • Summer Session Dates: Late May - Early July
  • Applications due to IBERO: May 15th

Social Entrepreneurship and Global Innovation

Participate in IBERO's new 4-week summer program focused on deepening knowledge of strategies, business methodologies and tools in product creation and services for social change.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovation frameworks used by startups.

You can earn a total of 8 IBERO credits comprised of Spanish language and lectures and workshops on innovation, design thinking, finance, global trends etc...

Access to ALL campus amenities that IBERO has to offer is also included.

  • Program Dates: Late May - Late June
  • IBERO Application Deadline: March 24th

Spanish Language and Mexican Culture

Explore different components of Mexican cultural identity through this 4-week program. In addition to lectures about Mexican art, history and culture, you will take part in excursions to cultural and touristic places. For increased understanding of cultural identity, complementary activities such as cooking and dance lessons will also be offered.

You can earn a total of 8 IBERO credits comprised of Spanish language and lectures on spanish culture.

You will live with local host family have access to ALL campus amenities that IBERO has to offer. 

  • Program Dates: Late May - Late June
  • IBERO Application Deadline: March 24th

Interested? What next?

Please note: For summer programs only, all tuition and housing fees will be paid directly to IBERO. You will need to pay Loyola the OIP fee and CISI insurance fee.

Andrea Galvan Sanchez andrea.sanchez@ibero.mx


* photos by Alexandra Hanton (Spring 2018)