Mexico: Our lovely neighbor Past Review

By (Writing and Spanish, Wartburg College) for

Universidad de las Americas - Puebla / UDLAP : Puebla - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experiences abroad were incredible. If I could do it all over again, I would. My language skills improved exponentially, which is what I hoped would happen.

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.

Honestly, I didn't have a lot of homework to do while I studied abroad. However, I took advantage of my free time to explore the city and travel frequently with my friends. I'm glad I wasn't cooped up in a library all day studying instead of enjoying my host country.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The person who I worked with in Cholula was nice but took a while to answer emails.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved living on campus because I was close to all of my classes and my roommates were wonderful people.

* Food:

I could eat Mexican food all day every day, obviously Mexico was a good place for me to study!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I tried to travel as much as I could. I loved traveling to Mexico City and small, remote towns.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe on campus and whenever I ventured outside of campus, I was always with a group of people. I did not need any vaccinations before studying abroad.

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? I probably spent about ten dollars each day on food, maybe a little less than ten dollars. It's difficult to say how much I spent each week, but over the semester I probably spent about three thousand dollars (however, a lot of that went toward plane tickets).
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Hotels are expensive! Try to find good hostels instead.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I had taken a couple 300-level courses.
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I always spoke in Spanish with my Mexican roommates, that improved my speaking skills tremendously. However, I spoke in English with my international friends, too.

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

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? A student who loves adventure and knows how to learn outside of the classroom.