ITESM Campus Querétaro, International Programs Department

Querétaro | Mexico

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ITESM Campus Querétaro is part of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University System. The International Programs Department facilitates reception of international students and sends Mexican students abroad. Interns support a broad range of office functions. Host arranges complimentary accommodation with homestay family.

About the Organization

Founded in 1943, the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) is a private, non-religious university system consisting of 31 campuses throughout Mexico with a total enrollment of over 90,000 students. ITESM Campus Querétaro is part of the Tecnológico de Monterrey University System, which is the largest private university system in Mexico and is considered the best. ITESM Campus Querétaro (ITESMCQ) has a student population of around 6,000 students, and offers 20 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in architecture, business, agronomy, communications, the humanities and engineering.

With seven full-time staff members and the invaluable help of their interns, the ITESMCQ International Programs Department facilitates the reception of international students and sends ITESMCQ students abroad. The majority of foreign students (who hail primarily from Europe and Latin America) study for one summer, one semester or one school year.

The ITESMCQ International Programs Department receives from 100-150 international students each semester. This entails:

  • Receiving international student applications
  • Processing requests for homestays
  • Billing and processing payments
  • Orienting new students to cultural and practical situations
  • Organizing field trips and activities
  • Monitoring student development
  • Advising students

In addition, the International Programs Department facilitates the sending of ITESMCQ student abroad. This entails:

  • Advising students about study abroad options
  • Helping students choose an appropriate study abroad program
  • Reviewing all necessary documentation
  • Assisiting with visas
  • Providing comprehensive pre-departure and re-entry orientations

Among other things, the International Programs Department also:

  • Facilitates and monitors internship placements in the city of Querétaro
  • Organizes special programs for short-term and tailor-made courses for summer.
  • Plans course offerings
  • Schedules and assigns faculty to classes
  • Conducts academic placement tests
  • Provides general academic advising

Job Description

Interns support a broad range of office functions. Some illustrative intern tasks include:

  • Collecting data about students abroad or students going abroad
  • Assisting with study abroad advising
  • Helping with pre-departure and re-entry orientations as well as orientations for new students in Mexico
  • Assessing new host families
  • Attending study abroad fairs
  • Designing and distributing marketing materials
  • Social media management
  • Supporting accounting and budgeting procedures

Interns may also be given special research projects to develop.

The Office Director serves as a mentor for interns and appropriate staff supervise assigned tasks.

# of Positions per term


Start Dates

Semesters run from early January to late May & from early August to late December.

Duration of Internship

1-2 semesters (5-12 months)

Academic Background

Open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in international education.


Previous study abroad experience strongly preferred. Intercultural communication skills are necessary.

Language Ability

Intermediate-advanced Spanish. Knowledge of French or German is desirable.

Other Requirements

Having an open mind and interest in working in a variety of areas of international education.

Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator and currency converter.

IE3 Program Fee

The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term. This fee includes up to 12 credits per term, and is charged in lieu of tuition. Visit your University's IE3 page for details regarding campus administrative fees.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

Expense Type Price
International Travel $500-$800
Visa Fees $150*
Recommended Immunizations

*See Additional Cost Information below.

Estimated Monthly Expenses

Expense Type Price/month
Housing Complimentary homestay accomodation provided by host. Includes 3 meals/day and laundry.
Food $50
Local Transportation $50-$75
Recreation $50
Personal Expenses $50


Students who choose to enroll in IP courses will not be charged for a maximum of 6 credits.

Additional Expense Information

Visa Fees: Interns apply for a visa upon arrival in Mexico. The costs associated with the visa application and registration are $150 at this time. Visa and entry requirements and fees change frequently. Please consult the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website for up-to-date information.

Room and board are provided by ITESMCQ. This includes accomodation with a homestay family as well as 3 meals/day and laundry. It is mandatory to live with a homestay family.

Local transportation and personal expenses tend to amount to about $100 per month.

To learn more about ITESM Campus Querétaro's International Programs, visit their website.

To learn more about Querétaro, visit the State of Querétaro Ministry of Tourism's website.

To learn more about Mexico, visit the Mexico Tourism Board's website.

Field Notes Postings:

    Mexico en la piel by Victoria Leca: Portland State University student and scholarship recipient interning with the ITESM in Querétaro, Mexico. (May 22, 2012)
    Bienvenidos a Mexico! by Victoria Leca: Portland State University student and scholarship recipient interning with the ITESM in Querétaro, Mexico. (February 7, 2012)