Designated by the UN as a World Cultural Heritage site, Querétaro is one of Mexico’s most impressive colonial cities. At the same time, it is a modern commercial center, located on a major NAFTA trade route. A city with a rich historical past, Querétaro played an important role in Mexico’s independence movement; it was here that the forces of Benito Juarez defeated Maximillian and the Constitution of 1917 was written. Querétaro is only 200 kilometers north of Mexico City and only 350 kilometers east of Guadalajara. Students are able to travel easily to archeological sites, such as the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the coastal city of Mazatlan.
Querétaro is a very clean city and is considered to be one of the safest in Mexico, both for its lack of crime and because it lies outside the earthquake zone.
ITESM is a 26-campus university system founded in 1943. The Querétaro campus dates from 1975. Currently enrolling a student body of 5,000 students in 17 majors, it has a growing International Programs department for visiting international students. Almost every major sponsors a national conference once a year, and each has a professional organization for students. Allegheny students will take language and area studies courses at the “International Programs” unit at the university. 60% of their course offerings are in Spanish and 40% are in English.
This program is open to juniors in any major with intermediate Spanish proficiency. This program us highly recommended for Spanish majors and minors. A 2.75 GPA is required and the completion of SPAN 215 (or the equivalent).
Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: http://sites.allegheny.edu/offcampus/application/
The Querétaro campus has modern facilities that provide every type of educational opportunity. There are more than 60 specialized computer labs, and each student receives a free, account with registration. The library, the largest in the central region, provides for both traditional and electronic research. A new conference center and cafeteria opened in the fall of 1997, and a new gymnasium opened in the spring of 1998. The campus health center is staffed by both physicians and paramedics. Campus Querétaro has many student organizations, both professional and social, and a wide variety of workshops and other activities, such as creative writing, drama, folk dance, painting, chorus, guitar, modern dance, photography, student publications, etc.
Allegheny students will live with families who have worked with the International Programs Office at Querétaro for many years. Transportation within the city is both economical and easy.
Students are charged Allegheny tuition, AC double room and Lite meal plan for the Querétaro program, and the $300 off-campus fee. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Additional costs include international trave insurance, international airfare, personal expenses (including passport, visa, and local transportation).