Mexico: Difficult Yet Fun Past Review

By (Spanish, Political Science, Hope College) for

CIEE: Guanajuato - Liberal Arts

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I just gained an appreciation for a different style of life (relaxed) that i'm trying to incorporate into life here now.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Guanajuato
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes went well. Had a new teacher that didn't quite know what to do, but that's not reflective of others experience. Expect a lot of disorganization though as Mexican culture is more lenient.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

i have no real complaints about the program. every need i had was met rather easily.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

no issue with food here. vegetarians will have a bit of an issue in the public area, but almost always there were vegetarian alternatives.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

field trip to mexico city was a lot of fun.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

very safe city, don't be alone at night though. Never had any issues though.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? i was well aware of wha.t i was getting into. nothing too unexpected


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

talk with your host families, make friends, etc. No one spoke english, so it is necessary at all times.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • food was delicious, family was nice.
* What could be improved?
  • had no real problems myself. new teacher was the worst of it, but not an issue of the program.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? make sure you know spanish going into this program beforehand, be prepared for people to be far more easy going and slow paced.