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  • Locations: Querétaro, Mexico
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/15/2021 04/20/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2021 04/20/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/20/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Apartments, Host Family Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Child and Adolescent Studies, Education, Liberal Studies
Language Prerequisite: 4+semesters college-level Spanish (SPAN 203 or higher) with B average Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Junior, Senior
GPA requirement: 2.9 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Internship Opportunity: Yes Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
2.9 Cumulative GPA
CSU Class Standing
Junior or Senior. 

4 semesters/6 quarters of college-level Spanish (through intermediate level), and the completion of all lower-division coursework in the major. Native Spanish speakers with strong composition skills are eligible to apply.


Subjects Available
Child Development
Early Childhood Education
Liberal Studies

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Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies. 

Students pay the same tuition for Mexico: Education & Child Development at Technológico de Monterrey as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional Mexican academic cycle begins in February and ends in November. 

Academic Year: July to June. 


The Mexico: Education & Child Development at Technológico de Monterrey program is affiliated with Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), better known as Tec. The Tec is a major university system with 32 campuses throughout Mexico. CSU IP students study at Tec’s Querétaro campus, which was founded in 1975 and enrolls about 5,000 students in 19 majors. CSU students may pursue coursework in most of these areas, subject to their language ability, or concentrate on Spanish language learning.

Mexico - La METAThe Mexico: Education & Child Development at Technológico de Monterrey program is an excellent opportunity for students who are considering teaching as a career to add an international component to their degree program. The program is best suited for students majoring in education, liberal studies, child development or a closely related field. After taking a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival, Students enroll in Spanish language courses appropriate to their level. Additionally, students take courses in Latin American civilization, intercultural communication and the Mexican education system. Each semester, students also experience education in Mexico through classroom observation and participation in public and private schools at the primary and/or secondary level in Querétaro. Through coursework at the Tec and assisting teachers in schools, students gain valuable experience in working with Mexican children in school settings while enhancing their understanding of the Spanish language and Mexican culture.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin and La META program flyer. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


The Mexico: Education & Child Development at Technológico de Monterrey program is located in North-Central Mexico in Querétaro, which is located 125 miles north of Mexico City and 220 miles east of Guadalajara. Querétaro is one of Mexico’s most well-known and beautiful colonial cities and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is located near the ancient capitals of the Aztecs and the Toltecs, and is growing as an important business and industrial center.


Upon arrival in Mexico, students are provided with temporary host family accommodations, for one month, prearranged by the Tec. During this first month, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Some students choose to stay with their host family for the remainder of the academic year, while others rental local apartments.


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application.

According to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for Mexico, CSU IP in Mexico is affiliated with the Tecnológico de Monterrey System (known as the Tec), which is a multi-campus university system unique in Latin American, operating 31 campuses throughout Mexico. CSU IP students attend the Querétaro campus of the Tec. All students in Mexico are required to take the following: 
  • A Spanish placement test prior to arrival (to determine Spanish level placement); 
  • A Spanish language course each semester;
  • The equivalent of 15 CSU semester units each semester; and
  • Other course requirements depending on the CSU IP program.
Students of the CSU IP Mexico: Education & Child Development or "La META" Program (Learn About Mexican Education and Teaching in Action) enroll in Spanish language courses appropriate to their level in addition to a prescribed and required set of courses each semester. Courses include two internship courses (one each semester) where students experience education in Mexico as classroom teaching assistants in public and private schools in Querétaro. This is a set curriculum and students in this program must enroll in all of the required courses unless otherwise approved by the CSU IP Office. Click here to access detailed program and course information