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Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)

Vice-rectory of Higher Education

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Mission Statement

The University of Monterrey, located in Nuevo Leon province in northern Mexico, is a private institution established in 1969 by a group of entrepreneurs, educators, and other civic leaders who sought to promote a holistic approach to education in which students would acquire professional skills, social consciousness, and humanistic perspective together with a sense of fulfillment through service to others. UDEM seeks to produce graduates who are instruments for positive change and justice in the world, committed to the ideals of service and excellence, and capable of taking the leadership needed to move their region, their nation, and their world forward. Our Vision for 2020 As we move towards 2020, the Universidad de Monterrey will endeavor to continue developing as an educational community that stands out for promoting an academic culture of excellence and furthermore, for encouraging its members to make a commitment both to integrity and to adherence to humanistic values. We are a community united by the common aspiration of contributing to the construction of a sustainable society through knowledge and the spirit of service.

International Role

For forty years, the university has made remarkable progress. Close to 12,000 students attend the high schools, undergraduate programs, and graduate and professional schools that have become well known and well regarded throughout the nation and internationally. UDEM has 192 bilateral agreement with high quality ranked institutions around the world such as, Rice, Harvard, Stanford, University of Texas (Austin), University of California Berkeley, Art Center of Design in California, Griffith University, Swinburne University, Koc University, Politecnico di Milanio-INDACO, Aarhus University, Parsons Paris School of Art, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, among others. Also the university is participating in a variety of international consortia and associations such as: ISEP, DAAD, CONAHEC, ICOGRADA, British Design and Art Direction, Design Management Institute etc. The university having an active role in international education it has been awarded with several recognitions as followed: 1. UDEM is internationally accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Collegiate Schools in the US). 2. In 2009 won the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in Internationalization recognition given by the International Institute of Education. 3. During 2010 and 2011 has won Best International Practice Award “Multicultural Leadership between Wharton School of Business and UDEM”, Best International Practice Award “Transformational Leadership and Service Projects in Rural Areas”, Best Practice Award “UDEM Helps: Developing Civic Engagement“ and “Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development” and recently the university it has been awarded by the International Good Neighbor Council with the “Muguerza-Garret 2011” award for excelling and promoting international partnerships and cooperation between USA and Mexico. Finally, UDEM has a total of 335 international agreements and presence in 61 different countries and a variety of more than 900 international opportunities where the students, professors and staff can participate.

National Role

By working with a variety of national organizations as well as key Mexican allies. UDEM has reached its current level of excellence without state or federal funding, adhering to the view of its founders that a privately funded institution of higher education could chart a flexible and innovative course while adhering to its core values. The university has strong linkages nationally and regionally, for example with the industry works closely with companies like Schneider Electric, Ternium, Alfa Group, FEMSA, CEMEX, DEACERO, etc. Also, works closely with regional hospitals, state and federal government.

Main Focus

For fifty years, the university has made remarkable progress. UDEM has been oriented towards Humanities, Education and Health Sciences, however in addition the university has taken advantage of the educational, economic, entrepreneurial, and cultural assets that Nuevo Leon and San Pedro Garza Garcia (suburb area close to Monterrey city with the highest income per capita in the country). Currently the university is committing itself to the preservation of Art, Architecture and Design through its Roberto Garza Sada Center, unique and only one in Latin America which is an investment of more than 40 million dollars, designed and supervised by famous Architect Tadao Ando. UDEM is seeking to be recognized as the best university in Mexico and in Latin America in Art, Architecture and Design. The university is: •International, requiring English language proficiency of its graduates, offering more than 60 opportunities for international student and faculty exchanges, and working with such U.S. colleges and universities as Rice, Harvard, University of Texas (Austin), Indiana University, and University of California Berkeley; •Focused on developing leadership and civic formation, with students mandated to complete 480 hours of substantive community service as part of their graduation requirement and summer programs combining Spanish language education and community service opportunities; •Innovative, for example offering its technology and science students the opportunity to address and solve real-world business and industry problems and see their solutions through to adoption; •Community oriented, providing micro-credit and business formation assistance to local community members, offering free or low-cost diagnostic health care to the area’s low-income residents, and providing high school education to low-income youth; •Committed to higher education, working with Harvard University and others in the Higher Education Institutional Leaders collaboration to train nearly 2,000 university presidents and directors; •Internationally recognized and validated, being one of five Latin American universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and is also accredited by the International Schools Association and the Private Mexican Higher Education Institutions organization; •Oriented toward the future, with the goal of having 12,000 full-time students and three signature academic programs (rated among the best in Mexico and Latin America) by 2010.

Faculties and Departments

1. Vice-rectory of Higher Education

a. School of Art and Design

b. School of Architecture and Habitat Sciences

c. Engineering And Technology 

d. Business 

e. Education And Humanities 

f. Law And Social Sciences

2. Vice-Rectory of Health Sciences 

Bachelor Level Programs

ART AND DESIGN 1.Arts 2.Graphic Design 3.Fashion Design 4.Animation and Digital Effects

ARCHITECTURE AND HABITAT SCIENCES 1.Architecture 2.Industrial Design 3.Interior Design 4.Sustainable and Energy Innovation Engineering

ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 7.Industrial and Systems Engineering 8.Computer systems Engineering 9.Information Technology 10.Mechanical Engineering 11.Mecatronics 12.Information Systems Engineering

BUSINESS 14.Accounting 15.Business Administration 16.International Commerce 17.Economics 18.International Finance 19.Human Resources 20.International Marketing 21.International Tourism

HEALTH SCIENCES 22.Psychology 23.Medicine 24.Dentistry 25.Nursing 26.Biomedical 27.Nutrition

EDUCATION AND HUMANITIES 28.Humanistic and Social Studies 29.Mass Media 30.Education 31.Psycho-Pedagogy 32.Philosophy 33.Sociology 34.Spanish

LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCES 35.Law 36.International Studies 37.Political Science Please list the available bachelor level or equivalent programs per subject area and the estimated duration of studying 

Master Level Programs

ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN 1.Advanced Architecture 2.Product and Packaging 3.Graphic Design 4.Videogame Art and Design

BUSINESS 1.Business Administration 2.Organizational Development 3.Hospital and Health Service Management

LAW 1.Corporate Law 2. Mercantile Law

EDUCATION AND HUMANITIES 1.Humanities 2.Education

HEALTH SCIENCE 3.Medical specializations


Research Activity and Main Areas

Our mission in this area is as follow: "To structure the institutional and educational research by lines of investigation and by areas of knowledge, as well as to promote and strengthen the creation of the knowledge that will then be used in the institutional learning process and the acquisition of products whose impact contributes to the benefit of the society". CENTER OF URBANISM , SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN (URBANA) •Sustainable regional planning •Urbanism •Restoration of historic centers •Sustainable architecture •Master planning and landscaping •Among others CENTER FOR HISTORIC STUDIES •History of the creation of the Mexican business elite and how it is related to international capital. LAW •International Law •Corporate Law •New Technologies and Data Protection Law •Human Rights BIOETHICS AND HUMAN DIGNITY CENTER •Property rights of Genetic information •Hospital Bioethic Committees •Biomedical research •HIV – AIDS •Medical litigation and conciliation CENTER OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC AND PERSONALIZED MEDICINE •Cellular therapies and tissue engineering with nanotechnology applications •Molecular Diagnosis of contagious infectious diseases •Childhood obesity and malnutrition from micronutrients •Genetic factors associated to childhood obesity •Regeneration of neural circuits CENTER FOR ANXIETY TREATMENT AND RESEARCH •Anxiety and genetics •Prevention of childhood anxiety •Psychotherapeutic treatment effectiveness •Digital devices in mental health GRADUATE MEDICAL SPECIALTIES •Metabolic diseases (obesity included) •Cardiovascular diseases •Infectious diseases •Oncology: quantification of hormones receptors •Chronic diseases •Aging •Emerging diseases •Preventable deaths (including maternal and perinatal death) •Management of pain: new approaches for pain management and anesthesia. •Refinement of the diagnosis of surgical pathology. More detailed information on lines of investigation available if needed.

Doctorate Level Programs

Doctoral program in Law

This program has a duration of three years and it has two lines of research: Human Rights and Business Law. 

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

We are interested in exchanging students programs, with an special emphasis in Art, Architecture and Design. We are open and flexible to exchange students at Bachelor and Master level.

Application Deadlines

Fall: last week of April. Spring: mid November Exchange requirements: If a student have been selected by the home university to come to UDEM, please make sure the student includes in his/her file the documents listed on: http://www.udem.edu.mx/eng/micrositio-nota-internacionales-exchangerequirements-5854.html

Teaching Languages

Spanish and English. Language courses are also given such as: French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, etc.

Semester Dates

Fall semester dates start: early August to mid December. Spring semester: mid January to late May Examinations: Spring: Last two weeks of May Winter: Last week of November and First week of December

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Tuition: As exchange student, the student doesn't pay tuition. As visiting international student, the student would pay approximately $5000 dollars per semester for a Bachelor Program and approximately $ 3500 dollars quarterly for a Master program. When living off campus, the cost of living per month is estimated at $4500 to $5000 MX Pesos (about $500 USD), It is useful for the students to have an idea of how much they spend in leisure activities back home and increase that amount a little bit for their stay. Books costs range from $15 USD – $40 USD per book. Depends on the course. Professors will share a list of the book(s) needed to follow a course.


Bachelor: 10172
Master: 529
Doctorate: 14

Exchange Students

Incoming: 435
Outgoing: 1202

Teaching Staff

Professors: 1247
Lectures: 267
Part-time Teachers: 903

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