Study Abroad in Mexico Past Review

By (Spanish Language and Literature., New Mexico State University) for

ISEP Exchange: Monterrey - Exchange Program at Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) - Monterrey

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was by far the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did it boost my confidence in myself, but it accelerated my learning and changed my outlooks on many different aspects in life.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

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* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The teaching style was much more personal then that of the United States. The professors were much more interested in your education and students were expected to engaged in class discussions or exercises daily.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Overall, The administration was very accessible and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Although the city was not what I expected, it was relatively safe and my home was located within ten minutes walkiing distance from the University. My house was very safe, very clean, and I enjoyed being around my family. The food was also amazing, and I was very comfortable.

* Food:

My host mother was an amazing cook! And when I was not eating at home, I enjoyed eating out at restaurants.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met some very interesting people who I traveled with during vacations. We spent two weeks backpacking from the Gulf of Mexico, around the Atlantic coast through Chiapas, to the Pacific coast, though Oaxaca, to Mexico city and back to Monterrey. This was not a program that the school provided, but it was my most memorable time in Mexico.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

In all honesty, I was a little paranoid when I read about traving to Mexico. But I realized that most of the advice I received from family, friends, and the University were highly exaggerated. It may be different for other people, but I felt very safe. Had I needed healthcare, It would have been available to me.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)


Language acquisition improvement?

I learned more Spanish in one semester, then I have in my four years of trying to study the language. Not only did my classes cover every tense succsesfully by the end of the term, I was able to converse fluently by the second month I was there.

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would advise studying in this city alone (as in not with a friend or classmate from your home city). That way you are forced to meet new people. I would also highly recommend a host family. They are very accomidating, you have a key to the house so you can come and go as you please, and you dont have to worry about food.