High School Exchange in Mexico
Be an exchange student in Mexico
Your student exchange in Mexico with Nacel International:
Exchange students who are interested in studying the Spanish language should not overlook the wonderful opportunities to discover the Mexican culture. Exchange students will discover 3000 years of history which have built this nation. They will feel the influence that the indigenous population and the Spanish have exerted in the development of its culture. The High School exchange in Mexico will offer them the opportunity to live with a Mexican host family eager to share its way of life and to become a member of the local community and school.
What should I expect from my school year in Mexico?
Public schools in Mexico serve 87% of all students in the country. The Mexican School system is divided as follows: the prescolar, the primary, the secundary and the preparatory school. Most of the exchange students will attend classes in a preparatoria school. In the preparatoria schools, students must choose one of 4 professional areas: physical-mathematics, chemical-biological, economic-administrative, or humanities. Courses are held in Spanish and include Math, Biology, History, Spanish language and literature, Physical Education, Art, Music, French, and Italian. All schools offer English courses, some of them French courses also.
Study Abroad in Mexico
Exchange students are not placed in a particular district of Mexico city but are usually not placed outside of Mexico City. The host family welcomes the student as a new member of their own family. We recruit families through schools (because one of the family members attends the school). They are all middle class families who receive a small stipend, but they do not host for money; the family expects the exchange student to participate in their daily life and speak Spanish, making a new friend. In Mexico, students are in school for 4 to 6 hours a day.
Note that we now also offer a program in Mérida.
Graduation is not possible during your exchange program in Mexico.
We also offer exchange programs in the below listed countries:
Study abroad in Mexico and live with a host family, providing half board on weekdays, full board on weekends.
High School exchange in Mexico
* Price in Euros per participant. ** in US dollars.
Not included : Application Fees (65 EUR)
- Administration fees
- Host school placement (private) and basic text books, basic uniform if necessary (not in Mérida)
- Host family accommodation with half board on weekdays, full board on weekends
- Orientation on arrival
- Airport pick-up and transfer on arrival and departure
- Support, assistance and 24 hour emergency phone number during the whole program
- E-learning language program
Price does not include
- International airfare
- Travel insurance (luggage lost, flight delay etc.)
- Visa, passport and medical exam fees
- Extra activities organized by the school and others
- Extra language courses
- School material (notebooks, pens, pencils etc…)
- School lunches
- Mérida: uniforms and books
- Personal expenses and pocket money
- Medical, Liability and Emergency Repatriation Insurance
Exchange students must be interviewed in their home country before being accepted for a High School exchange in Mexico (preferably in Spanish).
A minimum of two years of Spanish study and good academic results are required to study in Mexico.
I decided to go on an exchange almost as soon as I returned from a 2 week trip to Colombia with my school. I knew I wanted to go to a spanish speaking country and I was intrigued by the culture of Latin America. I had many options, but the more I studied and researched each country the more clear my answer became. For me, that answer was Mexico. A historically rich and culture filled country that is what many consider to be the heart of Latin America, Mexico was the perfect choice. Now came the time to choose what part of Mexico I would be doing my exchange in. I wanted to go to the heart of Mexico and what better place than the capital, Mexico City. I was all set, anxiously counting down to the day I left my home in Kentucky and started a new life in Mexico City. Being one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, I was a little overwhelmed at the size of this place when I arrived. I was warmly greeted by my new host family and my coordinator at the airport. Then I was introduced to my new home and began to try to settle in. I was nervous for my 1st day of school. I had no idea what to expect. I soon realized there was nothing to be nervous about as I was made welcome by my new classmates and teachers. It seemed that everyone was eager to talk with me and get to know me so it was not hard to meet new people and make new friends. The people here have been very accepting of me as well as very kind and open. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Mexico City has everything that you could need and plenty of things to do. From the historic district in El Centro, to the modern city buzz of Reforma, to the “town within a city” feel of Coyoacan, it was all here. Not to mention the delicious foods that can be found on every corner. I have no regrets about my decision to come to Mexico City and have done nothing but made good memories and new friends since I arrived. I have always felt welcome and integrated into the community as if I was one of their own. I can honestly Mexico City will always have a place in my life and a this experience has been something that I will not soon forget.