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ISEP Student Stories: Real Quotes About Studying Abroad in Mexico

June 5, 2014

We could probably tell you that studying abroad in Mexico is AMAZING (the language! the food! the people!) till we’re blue in the face. Really, we could. But even though that may be true, it doesn’t necessarily mean we know best: our students do. They’re the ones living, breathing, and studying the international education dream in the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. So why not hear their take on study abroad in Mexico? Here’s what three ISEP students have to say about their experience:

"My favorite place in the world: Guanajuato, Mexico"
“My favorite place in the world: Guanajuato, Mexico”

“Every professor at Universidad de Monterrey was really nice and talented. My favorite course was Social Anthropology. It was really interesting learning about thoughts and behaviors from different cultures – something I think I will have great use of in both my private and working life. Mexican people are very friendly and helpful. Their perception of time is very different from my own: "mañana mañana” (tomorrow tomorrow) is a saying I learned to accept and love. Furthermore the food and the music make the different experiences in the country amazing! Before coming to Mexico, my mind was affected by negative thoughts and news about Mexico as an unsafe country with a bad university level. I learned to take a chance and realized how prejudices can destroy all the wonderful things a country can offer.“

ISEP Student, Karlstad University to Universidad de Monterrey

"ISEP offers great security and follow-up. I was one of very few international students at my university in Mexico, and I really liked that because I made mostly Mexican friends, not just international ones. Through other exchanges, I have had a tendency to only socialize with the "international crowd”, but this was an opportunity to really get to know locals. I visited Guanajuato three times, a small colonial city, and I fell completely in love with it. It was very culturally enriching and I met a lot of locals there. My favorite aspects of the culture: people are always late, friendships blossom and break in a matter of five minutes, Mexican men are gentlemen, family is highly valued, another taco won’t hurt you, and mariachi music is the favorite choice for all ages.“

Elisabeth B, North Park University to Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)

"I absolutely loved my living experience, I stayed with a wonderfully kind and understanding, as well as a nice and funny host family. They were selected well and they knew what I generally needed because they probably have hosted more than 20 exchange students before me. The university is very open and ready to help all students (i.e. international students). The school is academically great, I learned a ton! And the campus is beautiful, a good size, well kept, and has animals everywhere! My favorite characteristic of the culture is the warmth, openness, and hospitality I received from everyone there.”

ISEP Student, Truman State University to Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM)

So what are you waiting for? Go meet with your study abroad advisor and ask them about studying abroad with Mexico.

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