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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • Study at one of Mexico's top centers of research and higher education specializing in social sciences!
  • Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish as all courses are instructed in Spanish.
  • Application review for the fall semester and academic year will begin January 15th and application review for the spring semester will begin June 15th.
  • See the Funding tab for more information on a special scholarship opportunity!




Location Details

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and seat of the federal powers of the union. It is a federal entity within Mexico which is not part of any one of the 31 Mexican States but belongs to the federation as a whole. Mexico City is the country's largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center.

As a global city Mexico City is one of the most important financial centers in the Americas. The city is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateus at the center of Mexico and consists of sixteen boroughs.  Mexico’s capital is both the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of two founded by Native Americans. The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan, and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt. Mexico City served as the political, administrative and financial center of a major part of the Spanish colonial empire. After independent from Spain was achieved, the Federal District was created in 1824.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa if their program is longer than 180 days.* An advanced visa application is not required for U.S. students spending less than 180 days in Mexico. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Most courses are taught in Spanish. Usually courses meet three hours a week and are worth 3 ASU credits. CIDE undergraduate exchange students are expected to take four or five courses per semester (students may sign up for up to six and narrow their choices to four or five after the first week of classes). 

Courses are offered in the following subjects at the undergraduate level:

  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Public Policy

Graduate students can take courses in the following areas:

  • Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Administration & Public Policy 
  • International History
  • Political Science
  • Journalism

More information can be found here

There are also a number of courses taught in English during the spring semester. However, students should still feel comfortable communicating in Spanish. Additionally, CIDE offers Spanish language courses at no extra cost to exchange students.

At CIDE, every undergraduate student has access to the following services:  research professors, an academic tutor per student, research programs carried out by the academic staff, small group interactions between students and faculty, and one of the best libraries in Latin America for social sciences.

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Program Housing

CIDE does not provide on-campus accommodation, but does offer assitance in securing housing. Exchange students are assisted by the staff of the Office of International Academic Affairs who provide access to the Accommodation Network (Red de Alojamiento). This network consists of homestays, shared apartments with other students (either Mexican or foreign students), renting a room in a guest house, or renting a single apartment.  Additional tips on finding safe housing abroad can be found on our website here.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Mexico, most public buildings are inaccessible and inconsistent inspection results in construction of new facilities that are not accessible. Public transportation for persons with disabilities is very limited.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Mexico, conservative cultural ideals influence societal norms, making LGBTQIA identity expression cause for possible discrimination.  In general, the LGBTQIA community is acknowledged and is generally tolerated.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Mexico, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

CIDE ASU Scholarship
Each semester, one ASU student studying at CIDE will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. 
Scholarship criteria: enrolled full-time at ASU, 3.0 cumulative GPA, have a current FAFSA on file with ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at the time of application, submission of personal statement as outlined below.  Preference will be given to first-generation students, but all who qualify are encouraged to apply.  To be considered for this scholarship, please start a study abroad application for the CIDE exchange program and submit a brief personal statement (300-500 words) via email to by February 15 for fall programs and September 1 for spring programs, addressing the following questions: (1) what unique opportunities will this program provide in relation to your ASU degree program; (2) and what experiences in your past have prepared you to study abroad and how do you anticipate benefitting from this experience.  Complete study abroad program applications must be received by March 1 for fall and September 25 for spring scholarship recipients.



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration for this exchange, apply by August 1, 2019. If space allows, applications will continue to be accepted through September 25, 2019.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.