While attending Universidad Internacional, you will be fully immersed in Spanish language courses that will focus on grammar, vocabulary, conversational skills, culture, and more. Class sizes are small which allows the professors to provide individual attention to students. You can solely focus on improving your Spanish with a full immersion program or there is the option to take other subjects, like Business and History, taught in English.
When you study abroad in Mexico, you’ll have an incredible experience living in a beautiful area and studying Spanish abroad at one of the most renowned language schools in the world. You can choose to study abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico for either a semester, summer, or January. Additionally, you can complete an international internship in Cuernavaca that will allow you to immerse yourself even further into life in Mexico!
For more details on CISabroad study abroad and intern abroad programs in Mexico, click here.
Visit Mexico, where Spanish colonial architecture and local indigenous culture are the backdrop for a new era of economic growth and modernity. Ancient ruins, rustic cobblestone streets, lush trees and flowers, and colorful churches are just a few of the things we love about Mexico.
Official name of country: The United Mexican States
Population: 111 million
Capital City: Mexico City
Time Difference: Mexico is on Central Daylight Time, so it is one hour behind the east coast and two hours ahead of the west coast.
National Bird: Crested Caracara
National Currency: Peso
National Flower: Dahlia
National Sport: Bull fighting
Holidays: The rich culture of Mexico embraces holidays and festivals as often as possible! Despite the name, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is actually a day of celebration in Mexico. From October 31 to November 2, Mexicans believe the souls of their loved ones visit them. The celebration includes decorating gravestones, feasting with friends and family, dancing and music, and decorations of paper mache skeletons. Semana Santa is another major holiday in Mexican culture. The holiday is similar to Easter in the US, but instead of one day of celebration, Mexicans celebrate for an entire week. Festivities include parades, processions, song and dance performances in the streets and plazas, and of course delicious food and drinks!
Geography: Mexico is located directly south of the US and is the fourteenth largest country in the world. The southern borders of the country are shared with Belize, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. Large mountain ranges, tropical beaches, and dry deserts make up most of Mexico’s terrain. Generally, the climate in Mexico is warm and dry, although most of the country does see a rainy season from June to October. While in Cuernavaca, you are guaranteed a warm and sunny atmosphere!
Famous People: Diego Rivera (artist), Salma Hayek (actress), Gael García Bernal (actor), Maná (pop-rock band), Julieta Venegas (singer), and Pancho Villa (revolutionist).
Great Movies: Amores Perros, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Babel, Como Agua Para Chocolate, Cronos
While Mexico is generally a safe country, there are a couple of elements that you need to be aware of.
- Dress conservatively, and don’t wear anything too flashy or expensive because this will grab the attention of pickpockets, which unfortunately exist in major cities like Mexico City.
- Use the buddy system! More than likely the people you meet will be friendly and helpful, but it helps to have a companion in a potentially uncomfortable situation.
- In most areas of Mexico, tap water is unsafe to drink, but stick to bottled water and you’ll be fine. If your beverage comes with ice at a restaurant, ask the server to ensure that the ice was made with purified water.
- Mexican food is delicious, but it is best to avoid buying food from street vendors. Be aware of the different kinds of food that your body may not yet be used to or hasn’t yet experienced. At first, you may suffer from food allergies or temporary ill effects until your body grows accustomed to the local cuisine.
Mexico does not have many general health risks beyond those found in the US. Health insurance is not required by the Mexican government, but CIS includes a comprehensive medical and accident insurance plan with all of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on traveling to Mexico, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s country specific website.