Regularly admitted students majoring in Engineering, Business or Architecture can apply for the MAP program. If needed, during their first year, MAP students augment their studies with Spanish classes. In the summer following their first year, the MAP students needing further language education participate in a seven-week intensive Spanish program at Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico.
After their sophomore year at University of Detroit Mercy, MAP students in good standing undertake co-op assignments at a U.S. engineering facility.
The third year (calendar) of the program may be spent entirely in Mexico, in a combination of one or two academic terms and one co-op assignment in Mexico. All instruction is in Spanish but the textbooks used are in English and classmates and faculty are able to speak English. While taking course work in Mexico, MAP students will be registered for the course MAP 3000 in their first term and MAP 3500 in their second term in order to facilitate later transfer of credit back to UDM. Specific grades for course work taken in Mexico do not transfer. Eligibility for graduation with honors will be based on the last 60 hours at UDM (ie, sophomore and senior years).
After the junior year in Mexico, the senior year of the program starts with an industrial assignment in the U.S. and is followed by the last two academic terms before graduation.
While studying at Monterrey Tech, tuition will be charged by UDM for course work taken at Monterrey Tech. Any type of financial aid (ie, scholarships, loans, etc) will be honored at UDM to help cover tuition expenses. These, combined with the income earned from co-op assignments, which may exceed $30,000, make the program affordable to many. While in Mexico, the MAP student is responsible for room, board and transportation to and from Mexico.