Double Degree General Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor)
Students of the bachelor program General Mechanical Engineering have the opportunity to obtain a double degree at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico.
TH Köln is a long-standing member of the German University Consortium for International Cooperation (short: DHIK).
As part of this university consortium, you will have the opportunity to participate in a dual degree program at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Tec de Monterrey for short.
The Tec de Monterrey is the largest private university south of the USA with over 100,000 students and is one of the elite universities in South and Central America. Tec de Monterrey spans 31 campuses all over Mexico and actively supports exchange students in choosing a course, refining their language skills, looking for accommodation and offers a cultural program.
At a Glance
|Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey, for short)
|Degree at TH Köln
|General Mechanical Engineering (B.Eng.)
|Degree at the Partner University
|Mechanical Engineering (B.Sc.)
|Lecture Period at the Partner University
|WiSe: August to December; SoSe: February to June
|Start of Program
|Language of Instruction
|English; Spanish, if desired
|Prof. Dr. Florian Zwanzig
|Curriculum [in German] (pdf, 140 KB)
|Infopresentation Tec de Monterrey (pdf, 991 KB)
|Film about Tec de Monterrey in Querétaro [Youtube]
The double degree program includes two semester of study in English at Tec de Monterrey, which you can complete at different locations in Mexico (e.g. Puebla, Monterrey, Mexico-City). You will then spend a three-month practical phase in an industrial company based in Mexico, often branches of German companies. Afterwards, you have the choice of writing your Bachelor's thesis at Tec de Monterrey or at TH Köln.
- Letter of motivation (max. 2 pages, including information about your preferred campus in Mexico and your language skills)
- Current transcript of records (requires at least 125 ECTS in program-specific modules at the beginning of your exchange)
- List of modules for studying in Mexico (6 courses + 2 mandatory courses of Tec; list of preferences available from the subject coordinator)
- Proof of English language skills)* (B2 level) through TOEFL, IELTS, DAAD language certificate or other language certificates
- Basic knowledge of Spanish)**
)*In order to receive the Mexican Bachelor degree, you must – in order to prove your English language proficiency - be able to present a TOEFL with at least 550 points (level C1) or – if you should study in Spanish - a certificate "advanced level" through the online test of Tec de Monterrey - by the end of your stay.
)** Participation in a Spanish course must be proven by April 30, 2024 (e.g. by certificate of attendance of a language course or language certificate).
Please submit your application documents via email (PDF file) to Katleen Schünemeyer (email@example.com).
The Department of International Affairs collects the application documents of all applicants. The program coordinator at the faculty and the coordinator at the Department of International Affairs make a ranking and forward it to the corresponding DHIK subject coordinators of the respective study program. Once your qualifications have been checked and the available study places at Tec de Monterrey have been determined, the consortium (DHIK) will inform you directly by email on how and by which deadline you must register in the online portal.
- Recognition of academic achievements
- Possibility of an additional Mexican or Chinese bachelor's degree
- Study at an elite university with no tuition fees
- Integrated internship in Mexico or China
- Studying in English or Spanish possible; in China partly also in German
- Professional support on site
- Intercultural preparatory seminar in Germany
Being the early bird is key! Start looking for suitable funding or scholarship opportunities as early as possible. Listed below are some programs that may be a fit for you:
- Auslands-BAföG [in German]
- Association for the promotion of the Gummersbach campus of TH Köln e.V. [in German]
- PROMOS scholarship (travel expenses for semesters abroad)
- HAW International (DAAD) [in German]
- Combined study and internship semesters abroad for students (DAAD) [in German]
- Heinrich J. Klein Förderstiftung
- Mexican Government Scholarships for International Students
However, there are also a large number of public and private organizations and foundations, which support student mobility abroad.
Impressions from Mexico
Bild vom Dach des Studentenwohnheimes mit Blick in Richtung Cholula und dem Popocatépetl (Image: TH Köln / Christopher Schady)