MontAc ISAP Austausch mit Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey


Important information


We thank everyone for the eager participation in our information event on 7 May 2019. The presented slides can be downloaded using the following link (german).

Please review the updated description for the course selection at the partner university below. We are happy to offer the nominated students an orientation week in Monterrey on 05.08.2019. Accommodations during the entire student exchange will be provided through a full service of ITESM upon arrival.

For the upcoming WS2019/2020, the application deadline ends on 15 May 2019.


The exchange program


Monterrey is the capital of the Mexican state Nuevo León and is often called la Ciudad des las Montanas (city of mountains). Next to a rich history and culture, Monterrey is well known for its high quality of life in Latin America (among other things, Monterrey has a flourishing beer production and outstanding steaks which are in no way inferior to those from Argentina). After the Mexican War of Independence, Monterrey grew to an important business center and is home of international companies and universities nowadays.

The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) is one of the best Latin American universities and has a large network spanning several branches in Northamerica, Europe and Asia. As a private university with an outstanding reputation in the field of mechanical engineering and production, the ITESM offers the opportunity of industrial-oriented curriculum. The institute has thirty-one independent campuses all over Mexico sharing a national academic curriculum. The flagship campus is located in Monterrey, where the ITESM was founded in 1943 by industrialists. More than 200 laboratories, classrooms, as well as sports and entertainment facilities are located at this campus.

Each year, up to six students will be supported for two semesters. As part of the exchange, students should visit courses and work on a scientific research project (project or bachelor thesis) in Monterrey.

This exchange is part of the program “International Study and Training Partnerships (ISAP)“ of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which offers:


  • full scholarship (975€ + 35€ subsidy for insurance per month),
  • travel allowance (2000€),
  • exemption from ITESM tution fees, and
  • accreditation of courses from ITESM.


Conditions of participation


To participate in this program you should be bachelor student at RWTH Aachen university, enrolled in the programs Maschinenbau, Wirtschaftsingenieurswesen FR Maschinenbau or Computational Engineering Science. A good moment for an application is right after the third semester at RWTH Aachen University.

Next to good academic performance, good language skills in English (B2 or better) and Spanish (B1 or better) are required for this program (advanced course Spanish in high school diploma, RWTH Aachen language course or standardized language tests). Furthermore, the applicant should show an interest in the Mexican culture.


Application procedure


Application for the exchange program is only possible by e-mail. Please send a single PDF-files (max. 10 MB) in German containing the following documents:


  •  letter of motivation to Prof. Markert (maximum one page),
  •  curriculum vitae,
  •  high school diploma,
  •  detailed current transcript of records,
  •  other certificates (social engagement, qualifications, language certificates, ...), and
  •  study plan for ITESM (about 30 ECTS per german university semester: e.g. 3 courses and a project or bachelor thesis)

Applicants should be aware that the start of the semester at ITESM  differs from RWTH Aachen University while planning courses and exam dates.

Please send your application with the subject “Bewerbung ISAP Monterrey” to isap(at)iam.rwth-aachen(dot)de.

After an initial selection processed based on the written application, the chosen students will be invited to an interview by e-mail.

After acceptance into the program, the students organize the formalities (visa, request of curriculum changes etc.), arrival and departure, as well as accommodation in Monterrey on their own. The International Office of the RWTH Aachen University, the ITESM and the IAM will support you during this process.

Dates and deadlines for exchange 2019/2020

Information event: 07.05.2019 from 16:00 till 17:00 - Templergraben 64, 1. floor, R112
Application deadline: 15.05.2019 (by e-mail)
Invitation to interviews: 16.05.2019 – 23.05.2019 (by e-mail)
Final decission: 24.05.2019 (by e-mail)
Proposed arrival date: around 05.08.2019 (WS 2019/2020)
Start of courses at ITESM: 12.08.2019 (WS 2019/2020)