Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico)
Requirements: Students must have at least sophomore standing with a cumulative 2.5 GPA and have had at least one year of Spanish before studying at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
Financial Responsibilities: Students pay all tuition to Muskingum College as normal. Scholarships and financial aid still apply. STudents pay room costs to ITESM. In addition, students are responsible for transportation to and from Monterrey, proving they have health insurance as required by ITESM, class materials such as books, and any personal costs. **Be aware that Muskingum College insurance does not cover students while in Mexico. You must find an insurance plan that will cover you while you are studying in Mexico.
Room: Students can live in one of 16 residence halls, all of which are within short walking distance of the academic buildings. Each dormitory varies slightly; some offer single or double rooms, while others have apartments with two double rooms, each room sharing a lounge and kitchen. All rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, shelves, closet, wash stand, and mirror. Housekeeping services such as mopping, sweeping, and dusting are included in the housing price. Students need to bring their own bed linens and a lock for the closet. Bathrooms in the dormitory may be communal, private, or shared in a suite arrangement. Each room has internet hook-ups available. Self-service laundry facilities are offered in some residences.
Board: Since ITESM does not provide meals, students must purchase and prepare meals for themselves. Students need to provide their own cooking utensils. Mexican cuisine varies by region, but ingredients most commonly used are corn, tomatoes, chilies, beans, and fruits such as mango and papaya. Many different herbs flavor the beef, chicken, and fish used in a variety of dishes. Mexicans often prepare these items in sauces, soups, or stews.
Classes: Students take classes designed specifically for international students, and can choose to enroll in any other course at ITESM, language proficiency permitting. Class size at ITESM is usually 40 students. In addition to Spanish language classes, course offerings include Mexican Culture, Mexican History, Political Systems in Latin America, and Latin American Literature. Many of these classes could be transferred as LAE credit.
About Monterrey: Monterrey is surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains in northeastern Mexico. For those who love the outdoors, the city is only 20 minutes from Chipinque National Park. Monterrey is known as one of the safest cities in Mexico. The city offers many diversions such as the Gran Plaza, the Tower of Commerce, Barrio Antiguo, the cathedral, and many museums. Barrio Antiguo, or the old town, is the center of Monterrey's night life; the police close the streets to traffic on the weekends. Monterrey also boasts bullfights, soccer matches, live concerts, and a zoo. Garza Garcia, an affluent suburb of the city, is home to many attractions as well such as the observatory Planetario Alfa and many high quality restaurants.
Visit the official ITESM website at http://www.itesm.mx.