Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

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


Global Exchange

Program Information

Located in Mexico City’s key business district, our sister Jesuit institution Universidad Iberoamericana offers two distinct program cycles. One is direct enrollment at the university. Students with a high proficiency in Spanish will be able to choose classes from every major in the university. While students that wish to attend English taught courses will find an increasing offer of regular classes in this language.  The other is the Latin American Culture Program which is geared towards students who wish to greatly improve their command of the Spanish language. It includes an offer of English taught courses on subjects related to the panorama in Mexico and Latin America as well as intensive Spanish lessons.  Students can combine both programs. 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.

College website

Student Mobility website


Orientation Dates

  • January 3-5  (Spring 2018 Semester)
  • May 25 (Summer 2018 Session)
  • August 8-10 (Fall 2018 Semester)

Academic Calendar Dates

  • January 8–May 15 (Spring 2018 Semester)
  • May 28–July 6 (Summer 2018 Session)
  • August 13–December 7 (Fall 2018 Semester)

Submit an application before the Application Deadline.

Enrollment—10,000 undergraduates, 900 graduate students

Students must 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

Universidad Iberoamericana is a private institution entrusted to the Society of Jesus, whose mission is to contribute to the achievement of a more solidary, free, just, inclusive, productive and peaceful society, through the development and spreading of knowledge and the formation of professionals and researchers with a high human and intellectual quality, internationally competent, and committed to the service to others.

With 34 undergraduate programs, 37 graduate programs, and 5 associate degrees, IBERO offers a wide range of education at the highest academic level. Today IBERO is widely recognized, both nationally and internationally, for its excellence.

Mexico City

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).

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: 

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

If a student wishes to undertake Spanish lessons, he/she will be required to take a Spanish placement test that will allow them to participate in the Intensive Spanish program which is held Monday-Friday 9 to 11 am.

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. 

Visit the study guide to read about course descriptions.

Information on class schedules is published here every semester

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.

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: $1,500–2,500 (without meals)

 (housing costs are paid by student directly to IBERO

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.