I got to reconnect with my culture because I was born and raised in Oaxaca. Past Review

By (University of California - San Diego / UCSD) - abroad from 07/01/2017 to 07/29/2017 with

Mexico Study Abroad Reflections: Comprehensive Reviews of Past Programs

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to relax and to take breaks every now and then.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The program did not cater to one's of my friends disability and did not comply to a simple request, which in turn ended the program early for her.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Anita was nice and friendly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

i definitively felt like I had lived there for a long time by the end of the program.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The doctor visit was nice but my medicine was extremely expensive.

* Safety:

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

I was able to do so many things and my group was hella fun.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 500 pesos
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not be an IMPULSIVE buyer...it does not end well.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Literature Classes
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Mazunte
  • Monte Alban
  • Hierva el Agua/Guelaguetza
* What could be improved?
  • too many museums
  • include a horse ride to the mountains
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How hot and humid Mazunte is

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.