Unbelievable eye opening experience that I wouldn't change for the world Past Review

By (Northumbria University) - abroad from 01/06/2016 to 05/13/2016 with

Universidad Iberoamericana / IBERO: Mexico City - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The experience was so worth while. Thanks to the host institution and their staff the experience was much less daunting. I learnt that sometimes you should just take the plunge and go against the existing stigma of a certain place. As one can imagine, I didn't receive the most encouraging comments when stating that I would be studying in Mexico for 6 months. However, with experiencing it first hand I am determined to change people's perceptions on the country and want to encourage more students to study abroad in Mexico.

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.

I studied courses I have never studied before including Mexican Politics. The courses were very enlightening and contained interesting material. Alongside courses in England (my native language), I also studied an intensive Spanish course which was great. The teacher was probably one of the best Spanish teachers I've ever had and gave extra help where needed - Absolutely amazing.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The office staff were very welcoming and replied to emails prior to my arrival very quickly, containing all the information I required.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Condesa (a very student area within Mexico). The area and location of my accommodation was fantastic, with easy access to everything. However, when I left, the landlord scammed me of £60 for a situation she didn't inform me on prior to moving in (my friend had visited from England and she charged me for the days she was here at a rate per day). As a result of this, I would recommend finding a house through contacts of the University so if any problems were to arise they could try and do their best to resolve the situation.

* Food:

Mexican food is great (but spicy!). We were warned to not eat street food for the first few days as your stomach isn't used to it.. However, as soon as we arrived, within the first hour we were eating food from the street and never experienced any problems! Infact, prior to Mexico, I studied in Madrid and got food poisoning from what was meant to be the best Tapas restaurant in the whole city.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Mexican people are VERY welcoming and will always jump to any opportunity to make you feel part or their family. The culture was so fascinating and continued to amuse me up until my departure date.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

To have a consultation with the nurse/doctor at University was free which was an extremely helpful privilege. I went into the doctor with a swollen ankle as a result of an ant bite and she prescribed me a prescription within 5 minutes. The pharmacy was very close to my house (they are everywhere!) and the medication cost a small fee of around £8.

* Safety:

Prior to arriving in Mexico City, I had numerous people comment on how it was so unsafe and they couldn't believe I was taking the risk. I never once experienced one problem within Mexico City and that's coming from a female student who took the metro and local buses alone. The only problem I encountered was getting robbed in Playa del Carmen (close to Cancun), which is a very tourist area so thieves thrive from those holiday destinations.

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

The host university was amazing. The staff were all so welcoming and ensured all international students were integrated from the get go.


* 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)

Mexico City is ridiculously cheap. You can eat amazing street food (a full meal) for as little as £1.50. The supermarkets were relatively cheap and even eating out can be as little as £3 with a drink included too. Housing costs can be very cheap but I lived in Condesa which is the new, hip, student place-to-be. However, this was still cheap in comparison to living costs in England and I really recommend living in Condesa/Roma as you are in the centre of life and will find something/somewhere to explore every hour of the day.


* 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

The Intensive Spanish Course consisted of 2 hours of Spanish per day Monday-Friday.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? On the streets in Mexico City you will rarely find someone that speaks English (unless they are other young students). I really recommend throwing yourself our there and practising by ordering food from the street vendors and in the local supermarket.

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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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students
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?
  • The staff at the host institution
  • The Intensive Spanish Course
  • The high number of international students (we all became great friends from the first day!)
* What could be improved?
  • More business courses in English
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To put myself out there more regarding learning the language. To practice it at every opportunity, especially after learning so much in the Spanish lessons!

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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.