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Mexico

Come and see the abundance of Mexican culture as no tourist can!

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Study in Mexico

Come and see the abundance of Mexican culture as no tourist can! Learn how Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec civilizations, with Spanish influences, form the roots of today's modern agricultural and industrial Mexican society.

“Every Friday we go to the disco and we meet a lot of familiar people. It is not hard at all to blend in with the locals in Mexico. Mexican people are very open, friendly and known for their hospitality. They will always try to help you.”

- Femke

+ More About Mexico

¡Hola! Welcome to Mexico! Come and learn about Mexican culture as no tourist can. Discover how the Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec civilizations, along with Spanish influences, form the roots of today's modern Mexican society.

Mexico is well known for the many religious and secular festivities it celebrates throughout the year. One of the most fascinating celebrations is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). While the setting of a cemetery may seem mournful, this holiday is actually a joyful celebration! In fact, you'll find that vendors throughout the country sell candy and sweets in the form of human skeletons and skulls to mark the holiday. During your exchange, you will witness firsthand many of Mexico's unique traditions.

Being invited into a Mexican home is a great honor, as the warmth and hospitality of the Mexican people are recognized and known around the world. Family life is also very important to the Mexican people. In a majority of Mexican families, you will have siblings, as most Mexican families have two to four children. Children typically live at home until they marry. You will almost always have company while staying at home!

While staying in Mexico, you will undoubtedly get many opportunities to sample Mexican food, whether at home or eating out at restaurants. The Mexican cuisine is renowned for the spices used, as well as the colorful decorations and vast variety of delicious flavors.

Mexican parents instill very strong principles in their children and tend to raise them traditionally. However, teenagers in Mexico are typically free to go to parties or out with their friends. They are expected to respect their parents, get good grades at school, and be polite and well-behaved. While it is very common for Mexican families to have a maid who helps around the house, teenagers usually must keep their rooms clean and help with household chores.

So come learn more about our southern neighbor and experience all that Mexico has to offer!

Online Resources

To learn more about Mexico, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Spanish language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative web sites
  • Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC web site

+ Scholarships Available

368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $9,995
Fall Semester: $8,995
Spring Semester: $8,995
Spring Semester Bilingual School: $9,495

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Students will have to register with the Mexican government upon arrival for an additional fee. Program tuition does not include personal spending money. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

As a student in Mexico, you'll have the option of choosing courses from several areas of interest such as computer science, commerce, tourism, health, natural sciences, or administration. The ability to choose an academic track is dependent on the age of the student.

School

School normally begins at about 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with a break during the day. Some schools also offer extracurricular activities such as sports, chess, language, and cooking clubs. After school, students typically spend a couple hours studying and doing homework.

Bilingual School

Students that sign up for this program will be placed in Bilingual Schools that offer half their classes in English. Availablity in these Schools is limited and students are encouraged to apply early and to contact info@yfu.org to learn more.

Orientations

All students applying for a semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. Upon arrival in Mexico, students will attend a three-day arrival orientation, which will be a time to learn more about Mexican culture, open channels for new information and lasting relationships, and to begin your educational experience. There will also be mid-year (year-long students only) and re-entry orientations to ensure that each student is able to make the most out of their exchange experience. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Some schools also offer extracurricular activities such as sports, chess, language, and cooking clubs. YFU gatherings of students and host families are also offered locally at no cost.

Special Program Offers

YFU Mexico offers students the opportunity to participate in two optional cultural excursions: one in February and one in May or June. The February trip begins in Mexico City and then travels around central Mexico, allowing students to appreciate the country's natural beauty! Activities in the past have included a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Oyamel, hiking volcanoes in Michoacan, and river rafting in San Luis Potosi. The cost of this cultural excursion in the past has been $100-$150, but the price is subject to change.

In May, students can choose to travel to the Yucatan Peninsula, where they can enjoy some of the region's archaeological treasures and scenic wonders! Activities in the past have included visits to the Pink Flamingo Sanctuary and trips to the beach along the Caribbean Coast of Mexico. The cost of this cultural excursion in the past has been $700, but the price is subject to change.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 0086 early August late June $9,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Mexican high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Mexico Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Fall departure: January 31, 2001 - July 30, 2004. Spring departure: July 1, 2000 - December 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required, but is strongly preferred. The arrival orientation is conducted in English.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed in host families throughout the entire country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.

+ Semester Programs

As a student in Mexico, you'll have the option of choosing courses from several areas of interest such as computer science, commerce, tourism, health, natural sciences, or administration. The ability to choose an academic track is dependent on the age of the student.

School

School normally begins at about 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with a break during the day. Some schools also offer extracurricular activities such as sports, chess, language, and cooking clubs. After school, students typically spend a couple hours studying and doing homework.

Bilingual School

Students that sign up for this program will be placed in Bilingual Schools that offer half their classes in English. Availablity in these Schools is limited and students are encouraged to apply early and to contact info@yfu.org to learn more.

Orientations

All students applying for a semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. Upon arrival in Mexico, students will attend a three-day arrival orientation, which will be a time to learn more about Mexican culture, open channels for new information and lasting relationships, and to begin your educational experience. There will also be mid-year (year-long students only) and re-entry orientations to ensure that each student is able to make the most out of their exchange experience. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Extracurriculars

Some schools also offer extracurricular activities such as sports, chess, language, and cooking clubs. YFU gatherings of students and host families are also offered locally at no cost.

Special Program Offers

YFU Mexico offers students the opportunity to participate in two optional cultural excursions: one in February and one in May or June. The February trip begins in Mexico City and then travels around central Mexico, allowing students to appreciate the country's natural beauty! Activities in the past have included a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Oyamel, hiking volcanoes in Michoacan, and river rafting in San Luis Potosi. The cost of this cultural excursion in the past has been $100-$150, but the price is subject to change.

In May, students can choose to travel to the Yucatan Peninsula, where they can enjoy some of the region's archaeological treasures and scenic wonders! Activities in the past have included visits to the Pink Flamingo Sanctuary and trips to the beach along the Caribbean Coast of Mexico. The cost of this cultural excursion in the past has been $700, but the price is subject to change.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0147 early August mid January $8,995
Spring Semester 1195 mid January late June $8,995
Spring Semester Bilingual School 1640 mid January late June $9,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Mexican high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Mexico Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Fall departure: January 31, 2001 - July 30, 2004. Spring departure: July 1, 2000 - December 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Spanish. Previous Spanish language study is not required, but is strongly preferred. The arrival orientation is conducted in English.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed in host families throughout the entire country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.