University of Monterrey (UDEM), Roberto Garza Sada Center for Architecture, Art, and Design; Monterrey, Mexico (ILACA)


Monterrey is the capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo León, Mexico and is Mexico’s 3rd largest city, number one in per capita income, and home to many international corporations. The University of Monterrey is located in the suburb of San Pedro Garza García which a 2018 study identified as having the best quality of life in Mexico and which Lonely Planet highlights for its “urban hipster nightlife.” Just fifteen minutes by taxi from campus is one of the largest public squares in the world. This square is known as the Macroplaza. It has an interconnected series of parks, trees and fountains surrounded by historical buildings and museums. Nearby residents also enjoy the Santa Lucia Riverwalk and exhibits in the Contemporary Art Museum. 


The University of Monterrey was originally founded as a Catholic institution and continues to emphasize the social and humanist development of its students.There are about 16,000 students total including 9,500 undergraduates and 600 graduate students. 

This faculty-led program focuses on art and culture in Mexico. There is one mandatory course “Life and Culture in Mexico”  taught in English for all students. Students will also have the opportunity to choose from various elective art courses taught in English and populated by regular degree-seeking UDEM students.Students may also choose to take the elective art course offered by the visiting ILACAD professor assigned to the program.

Prior to course registration, all participants will be evaluated for their Spanish language skills. Students who have the appropriate level of Spanish will also have access to the full range of course offerings of the entire university, including the School of Art and Design.

Students will participate in various excursions to local arts and culture venues. There will also be a 3-4 day excursion for program participants; location TBD.


Students will be housed in the UDEM residence halls in double occupancy rooms. Each room comes furnished (bedding not included). Although meal plans are not available at UDEM, students may purchase meals at nearby student cafeterias. The residence halls include large kitchens and dining areas and many students choose to cater their own meals.


This program runs every year in spring semester only. The program will start in early January and end in mid-May.  


Students pay regular Willamette tuition and can use their Willamette financial aid toward the program costs. Non-WU students will pay program fees to their home university. Cost includes tuition, accommodation, and excursions. Students are responsible for their own board and airfare to Mexico.

Pre-departure Resources

Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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