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Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM): Queretaro - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was by far the best, most satisfying, most fun, absolutely incredible experience of my life. I met some of the best people I'll ever know down there, not to mention a great girl who I am striving to get back to! QRO is a great city, Tecnologico de Monterrey is a beautiful, excellent university where you will feel like home, and Mexico is just an awesome country. This experience has pushed me over the edge on my plans to travel elsewhere to teach English, which I am planning on doing in Spain starting next summer, but it has also led me to think about going back to the Tec to pursue a masters degree in international relations or communications, something of that sort. The whole experience really did change my life.

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Personal Information

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.

The workload for me was very similar to that I would receive at my home university in Nebraska, which is very adequate to keep me busy. The material was challenging, and every one of my professors was excited and eager to teach, which made it a lot easier. In my Spanish classes, I learned more than I had in all of the previous classes I had taken in the USA, but I think that was a product of being immersed in the language as well.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Friendliness, accessibility, helpfulness, knowledge, and speed were all great. They had a great international programs office, and I became friends with several of the people who worked in it. They were always there to help, and loved having international students there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a house on Juan de la Barrera, in Ninos Heroes. I lived with the host couple, their three sons, and 3 other students that attended different schools. <br /><br /> Everything was provided at the house, I was not restricted at all, I could come and go as I pleased. The whole family was extremely kind and friendly, and would cater to my every need. I was treated as a member of the family, not as a person who was merely renting a room for 5 months. The location was somewhat distant from the school, but that did not bother me at all. I could walk downtown which was very nice, and to the nearest mall, and it was very close to a bus stop which provided easy access to school, and wherever else I wanted to go.

* Food:

Whatever I wanted, I could have. My advice to future students that go to QRO would be to try to find a good restaurant that sells comida corrida for a good price, and at night, you need not look further than a good taco stand out on the street.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the people I met there, and there was so much to do, and so much to see. There was always an activity going on that I could participate in, that further immersed me in the culture, whether it be playing soccer or attending salsa classes. Going to Teotijuacan was incredible, as was touring the yucatan peninsula. The nightlife was extremely fun, but what made it the best were the people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

They had a great doctor's office there, which I visited twice and got excellent care. I felt safe in QRO because nothing ever happened to me. However, some of the foreigners that I knew were robbed, but nothing worse than that. It was a risk I was willing to take.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Each week was probably from 50-100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you're going to go on trips, that's a lot of money. But stay in Hostels if you do...they're the best way to go because they're cheap and generally comfortable. If you like to go out, you'll be doing it a lot, so plan for that as well.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 209 Advanced Grammar
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced Spanish with pretty much everyone, with the exception of the other students from English speaking countries, where I think we all kind of felt a relief once in a while to be able to speak our native language. Otherwise, with all of the locals Spanish was the language that was spoken.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? One that wants to learn the Spanish language, one that is open to meeting new people, and one that is ambitious about becoming more of a global soul.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Avanzado !

Course Department:
Instructor: Veronica Martinez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: This course was very challenging, it was the most intense Spanish grammar course that I had taken up to then, but the professor, Veronica presented the material in a very good and easygoing way, enabling the whole class to learn not only from book instruction but through activities and field trips as well.
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Course Name/Rating:

Literatura Latinoamericana

Course Department:
Instructor: Milvet Alonso
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: This course was a lot of work. There was a lot of reading involved, as well as a lot of writing. For each class we were required to have a piece of Latin American literature read, and to have written a response to it, as well as we had three papers throughout the semester to turn in, all from 3-5 pages. There was also a presentation we had to prepare with a group that encompassed most of the class period, which was a challenge, because it was all in Spanish, and was to be very in depth. Milvet was extremely knowledgeable and excited about the material, which made it easier to make it through some of the pieces that were not so exciting.
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Composicion 3

Course Department:
Instruction Language:
Comments: This course was by far my favorite, because the teacher, Nivardo made it that way. He is probably my favorite teacher that I've had throughout my college career. The class was a good mixture of grammar and writing, and Nivardo gave the course so much flair and character that it was hard not to love coming to class. Even though he made the course so much fun, he also challenged us to write the best pieces that we could, with perfect Spanish, or else he would have us do it over. It was a GREAT class.
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