Exchange Mexico

  the Mexican university with mountains in the background Copyright: © IAM

Application deadline

The 2023/2024 exchange will not take place.



"One year in Mexico! During this year, I met incredibly great people, learned to love a country and also studied at one of the best (and most expensive) universities in Latin America. I grew during this year with challenges that I would not have had if I had stayed in Germany. Even though there were difficulties, I wouldn't want to miss a single moment from my exchange in Mexico."


"The stay is probably one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks to the ISAP program, I was able to travel to a country on another continent and met a lot of open and friendly people and made friendships for eternity. I was able to get to know the culture and the country extensively during this time and I would like to thank the IAM very much for making this possible."


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. Within the framework of the exchange, courses equivalent to 30 ECTS per semester should be taken.

The presented slides can be downloaded using the following link (german).
Please review the updated description for the course selection at the partner university. Accommodations during the entire student exchange will be provided through a full service of ITESM upon arrival.


Additional Information

Dates & Deadlines

Exchange 2021/2022:

  • The 2023/2024 exchange will not take place.
  • The next application period for the 2024/25 exchange will start in December 2023.
  • Start of courses at ITESM: TBA.


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

  • full scholarship (1150 € + 35 € subsidy for insurance per month),
  • travel allowance (1800 €),
  • exemption from ITESM tution fees, and

Conditions of participation

To participate in this program you should be bachelor student at RWTH Aachen university, enrolled in the programs MaschinenbauWirtschaftsingenieurswesen Fachrichtung 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 process

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. three 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 .

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