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Located in Cholula, seven miles from the city of Puebla, UDLA is a private university of exceptionally high academic quality with a comprehensive curriculum and approximately 8,300 students. Its comprehensive curriculum offers rigorous and engaging coursework in a wide range of disciplines to Oregon students with advanced Spanish language skills. The UDLA program is designed for students with at least three years of university level Spanish who can take regular courses with Mexican students for a semester or an academic year. The university offers coursework in a wide range of disciplines through the School of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; the School of Sciences and Engineering; and the School of Business and Economics. The University is accredited in the United States by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Founded in 1940 as Mexico City College, the institution changed its name in 1968 to the Universidad de las Américas. The university moved to its present site in 1970 and has been growing and developing ever since. Student enrollment is now approximately 8,300 with an undergraduate enrollment of 6,800 and approximately 450 international students. There are over 700 faculty members, 45% of who have doctorates. In addition to being accredited in the United States, the UDLA has memberships in numerous educational and professional organizations.

Host University

The University of the Americas-Puebla sits on the former hacienda of Santa Catarina Martir. Since the University located in Cholula, the campus has grown into a beautifully developed environment supporting the educational, social and personal development of students. The campus supports four major schools and a number of research institutes. A number of special courses for international students. You can learn more about UDLA at their website:

Registration and Credits

Students participating in this program will be registered at their home university in Oregon and will receive home campus credits for courses taken at Universidad de las Américas .  Students’ course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at their home institutions.  Students must keep detailed records of course outlines, reading lists, exam results, and other work completed to facilitate accurate evaluation by their home university academic departments.

Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor about their plans to study in the Mexico-UDLA program. Students wishing to earn major or minor credits for courses tak en at Universidad de las Américas a re strongly advised to be in frequent communication with their advisor to determine what’s possible.

Because of the nature of this program, courses and credits are applied after completion of the program.

Academic Calendar

Approximate dates for each academic year are as follows:

  • Fall semester: Early August to mid December
  • Spring semester: Early January to mid May

Please check with the program director for exact dates as they vary slightly from academic year to academic year.

Campus Contacts

Eastern Oregon University

Janet Camp

Inlow Hall 109E
La Grande, OR 97850

(541) 962-3406

Oregon Institute of Technology

Deanne Pandozzi

Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885- 1847

Oregon State University*

Julie Van Hoosen or
Jennifer Jewett

International Programs
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 290 or

(541) 737-6459 or (541) 346-3972

Portland State University

Rachel Goff

International Affairs, East Hall 101
Portland, OR 97207

(503) 725-4195

Southern Oregon University

Mary Gardiner

International Programs
Stevenson Union 321
Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6336

University of Oregon

Luis Ruiz

International Affairs
Oregon Hall 330
Eugene, OR 97403

(541) 346-1128

Western Oregon University

Alaric Trousdale

Study Abroad &
International Exchanges
APS 501
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8493

* Also serves as the program Coordinator/Assistant.

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