A Look Into the Mexican Culture Past Review

By (International Relations and Affairs., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 05/26/2014 to 07/09/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the Mexican political system and Mexican society in general. I think it was all worthwhile and learned about different perspectives towards Americans.

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.

It is not that the work you do is hard, but rather, it is a LOT of work.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They had a great international programs office in which they took great care for international students. They also organized trips and get-togethers with locals to get the full experience both on and off campus.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Despite Mexico being a dangerous country, Querétaro touts being the number 2 safest city in Mexico. Not once did I have a problem there nor did any of the students I was around with.

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)

Querétaro is a somewhat expensive city. You can sometimes eat at places for $50 MXN but most places will charge at least $120 MXN per dish.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $1000 MXN
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look around for restaurants, don't eat at the same places.


* 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? none, spoke Spanish at home
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Study Spanish among international students.

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?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • International Students
  • The city
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • Better orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'