The objective

To increase access to affordable higher education at ASU, to interested DREAMers and other Spanish-speaking students, through a partnership between ASU and Mexican universities. 


What is it?

A program that reduces the total tuition cost for an undergraduate degree at ASU. ASU developed a transfer pathway that allows students to take online courses at four Mexican university-partners, at a lower cost, and have credits validated toward a degree at ASU for online or campus immersive programs.

In the future, this program may expand to include more undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and more university-partners.

Acesso ASU also leverages other programs ASU offers in English that have the same purpose. These programs include options for undergraduate and graduate studies, such as undergraduate Earned Admission, Master's in Computer Science via Coursera, and Thunderbird's MicroMasters Program in International Business Management via edX.


How does it work?

ASU has reviewed a limited number of courses from each of the four university-partners and determined course equivalency to ASU courses. These course equivalencies can be viewed at ASU’s Transfer Guide website

Students are encouraged to visit this Transfer Guide before enrolling at any of the Mexican university-partners to learn what courses have been evaluated. 

Students can enroll at any of the university-partners before studying at ASU or take online courses simultaneously while enrolled at ASU. Upon successful course completion, students can start the credit validation process as follows:

  • If students enroll and complete coursework at a Mexican university-partner before coming to ASU, they will need to apply for admission to ASU, and send official transcripts for any previously attended high school, colleges or universities to Admission Services: 

Arizona State University
Admission Services Applicant Processing
1150 East University Drive, Building C, room 226
Tempe, AZ 85281

If admitted, any college or university credit will be evaluated by Academic Transfer Credit Solutions for transfer to an ASU degree. International Undergraduate Admissions Specialists can provide guidance on the application process, contact information is available here

  • If currently enrolled ASU students choose to take online courses at any of these university-partners, upon course completion, students need to request an official transcript and its English translation from that university, and send both documents to ASU Admission Services to have their coursework evaluated for transfer to their ASU degree. 

For information on how the programs offered in English work, please visit their respective websites:

What are the potential tuition savings?

For the academic year 2019-20, ASU’s undergraduate tuition cost is approximately as follows:

Tuition Type
3 Credits
12 Credits
International Student
Nonresident / Out-of-state Student
Nonresident Arizona High School Graduate
Online (same for Arizona resident, nonresident, international)

Note: DREAMers who are not Arizona high school graduates, pay the out-of-state tuition rate.

The Mexican university-partners’ undergraduate tuition cost is approximately as follows:

Partner University
3 Credits - Mexican Students
3 Credits - International Students
Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG)
Cost per semester (3 -12 credits)
Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC)
Universidad Tecmilenio, online campus
Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)

Note: The amounts in the tables above indicate all of the participant universities’ tuition costs published online as of January 10, 2020; the figures do not include additional fees, health insurance, etc. All tuition above is listed in US dollars at the exchange rate of $19 MXP per USD.

ASU graduate, low-cost studies:

Graduate Programs Offered in English
Total Cost
MicroMasters Program in International Business Management (Thunderbird School of Global Management);
three online graduate courses transferable to a master’s degree.
Master’s in Computer Science;10 online courses.

How do I know what courses offered by the participant Mexican universities are eligible for validation at ASU?

Students can verify courses that ASU has determined equivalent to those offered by Mexican university-partners by consulting the ASU Transfer Guide website. To search for equivalencies, access the Transfer Guide online and select “International” for the institution type, then enter “Mexico” for the country, and enter the name of the university-partner:

  • For UdeG enter “University of Guadalajara.”
  • For Universidad Tecnológica de México, enter “Technical University of Mexico” or “UNITEC.”
  • For Universidad Tecmilenio, enter the same name.
  • For Tecnológico de Monterrey enter “ITESM” or “Tecnologico de Monterrey.”

 This program's initial academic offer includes undergraduate online courses contained in the following majors or that qualify as elective courses for multiple majors:

  • UdeG's 7 programs (495 courses): organization management, educational development, cultural management, digital journalism, technologies and information, citizen security, librarianship and knowledge management.
  • UNITEC's 10 programs (293 courses): business administration, public accounting, law (BA), marketing, pedagogy, international business, animation and digital design, psychology, industrial engineering and administration, software and network engineering.
  • Universidad Tecmilenio's 8 programs (169 courses): administrative computing engineering, administration, law (BA), publicity and marketing, industrial and systems engineering, international business and trade, education and development, business psychology.
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey's elective courses (21 courses, 2 of them offered in English: TI2013 E-commerce and Technology and IN3043 Quality Management Strategies)

How do I maximize the tuition savings this program can offer?

 Students are encouraged to consult their School’s Academic Advisor. A list of Advisors is available here:

Information about our Mexican university-partners


Universidad de Guadalajara logo

Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG)

Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG) is the second-largest public Mexican university. It serves more than 280,200 students. It is a renowned university based in the State of Jalisco. UdeG' Virtual University offers undergraduate and graduate programs.

Mabel Martinez-Hernandez - International Programs: 011 52 (33) 3134-2222 ext. 12944

tecnologico de monterrey logo

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) is a private, not-for-profit, world-renowned university in Mexico. It has 26 campuses throughout Mexico, and more than 90,000 students that attend its high school, undergraduate and graduate programs. 

It is a world-pioneer on virtual education, which it launched in 1989.  

Among other accreditations, ITESM is affiliated to the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools (SACS), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Additional Information:

Universidad Tecmilenio

Universidad Tecmilenio is a private university, founded in 2002, as part of the Tecnológico de Monterrey System.  It currently has 29 campuses located in 18 states of Mexico and Tecmilenio Online.  It offers high school programs, 28 undergraduate programs, 8 executive programs, and 7 master’s programs. Tecmilenio serves over 56,000 students.

A distinctive element of Tecmilenio’s education model is the emphasis on students’ long-term well-being, based on Positive Psychology.

Adrian Zuniga Valero : 011 52 (81) 2000-4786

The Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC)

The Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) is a private university owned by Laureate located in Mexico City, and in the States of Guanajuato, Jalisco, México and Querétaro. UNITEC has more than 50 years of experience delivering high school and higher education. UNITEC serves over 90,000 students.

Mauricio Monroy Eligio: 011 52 (55) 23450500 ext. 47196

Spanish Language Resources

Our university-partners offer most of their courses in Spanish. Interested students are encouraged to take Spanish language courses and identify tutoring resources to ensure academic success as part of this transfer program. Below are some available resources.

ASU contact:
Paola Garcia Hidalgo, M.PAff.
Director, Mexico and Latin America Initiatives
ASU, Office of University Affairs
Tel. (480) 965-8404


Becas CONACYT para estudios de doctorado en el extranjero

Arizona State University and CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships

The Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) signed an agreement with Arizona State University in 2015 to accomplish two purposes:

  1. Provide up to 30 fellowships each year to Mexican students regularly admitted to and enrolled in PhD programs at ASU. Every year, CONACYT publishes a request for applications (RFA) (see details below). Individuals admitted to ASU doctoral programs apply for financial support to CONACYT headquarters or to CONACYT branches in various Mexican states. RFAs specify how to apply and identify the target disciplines/programs eligible for these fellowships.
  2. Support a visiting scholar program from Mexico and ASU.  Applications are open throughout the year.

Becas Arizona-Sonora

Arizona-Sonora scholarship opportunities

Arizona-Sonora Scholarship Opportunities

The Governments of the States of Arizona and Sonora, in the framework of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, have established a scholarship program for students of these two states. A limited number of Sonoran students can come to study at Arizona higher education institutions, paying the Arizona resident tuition rate.

Arizona State University participates in this program and maintains up to 20 spaces per year available for Sonoran students to study as this program’s scholars. Interested students must be admitted at ASU and apply at the Comisión Sonora-Arizona for this resident rate tuition program.