Mexican Studies and Spanish Immersion in Querétaro

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This program is designed for you to learn Spanish language through immersion. You can take intermediate or advanced Spanish, as well as courses on Mexican history, literature, and culture. You will study in the Spanish Department (Facultad de Lenguas y Letras) of the local public university: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ). As part of the immersive experience, you will live with a Mexican host family and have the chance to interact with Mexican students on campus. Querétaro is a beautiful colonial city located in the heart of central Mexico. Its historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. With a population of approximately 900,000, Querétaro is a medium-sized city known especially for its excellent universities, growing economy, safety, and cleanliness.

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  • Academics 6
  • Support 7.5
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9
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Renee
9/10

Amazing study abroad!!

I strongly recommend this study abroad trip. The classes were challenging enough that I feel like I learned a lot during the 6 week session, but I also had a decent amount of free time on weekdays and always had a lot of free time on weekends. My host family was amazing. I got a ton of practice speaking with my host mom, who knew essentially no english, and I built a great relationship with her too. The weekend trips were a lot of fun and gave me the opportunity to see many different parts of Mexico! By far my favorite part of the program was visiting Mexico city and seeing many of the buildings and museums I'd been learning about for years before in previous Spanish classes.

Yes, I recommend this program
Abigail
7/10

Querétaro

So I spent 6 weeks in Querétaro as a part of the University of Oregon's GEO program. Before even getting to Mexico I had some problems. The coordinator for the academic part of the trip neglected to show up for the MANDATORY information meeting so I knew little to nothing about my classes or any of the subject manner. Once I arrived in Querétaro, our on site coordinator was fabulous. He was available for any and all questions, and I felt like he really listened to what we had to say and our concerns. I feel like while the coursework was satisfactory, I feel like I didn't get as much out of it as I would have taking the 201-202-203 sequence, which is to be expected as it is a condensed course. The teachers were fantastic and accommodating for the language barrier and I really felt like they wanted us to learn the language. While I really feel like the program itself could use some work, overall it was a positive experience that I would recommend to anyone looking to experience the Mexican culture.

How can this program be improved?
The amount of planning that goes into a study abroad is incredible, and it is helpful to have all of the available information when making decisions about the trip. I felt like we recieved very little information about the program before we were in Mexico. I had no idea about my classes and I knew absolutely nothing about my host family. The other point that I don't think was emphasized was the climate in Querétaro. Most of us showed up with summer clothes but it was the rainy season in Querétaro and no one really warned us. Mostly I think that there should be a more comprehensive information packet about the specific program and those details.
Yes, I recommend this program

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