Study Abroad in Mexico
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a passport?
YES!!!! Please visit our Passport & Visa Information page for more information, and the U.S. State Department travel pages for the most up-to-date details regarding passport application and fees.
Do I need a visa?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need a visa for our summer program in Mexico. Non-U.S. citizens, please see the Passport & Visa Information page for more information.
What about insurance?
Arcadia University enrolls all participants in a health and accident insurance plan with HTH Worldwide. The plan covers the costs of treatment for most sicknesses and injuries up to $500,000 with no deductible. Details of this coverage are outlined in the health and accident insurance section of our website. Specific questions should be addressed to the insurance carrier. Please note that Arcadia University does not provide insurance for your possessions. We encourage you to purchase coverage for them or to leave irreplaceable valuables at home.
Will my credits transfer back home?
Only your home college can answer this question, so be sure and safe – ask now, and obtain all the approvals you'll need. For more information regarding credit transfer policies, please visit the Credit Translations page.
Should I make copies of my papers?
Yes. Many home colleges want to review the work you completed overseas before final credit is awarded. Unless you make specific arrangements with your tutors prior to departure, final exams and/or papers will not be returned to students. It is important to keep copies, therefore, of your papers, reading lists and syllabi from all of your courses.
How much money will I need initially?
We suggest that you have about 1,500 MX Pesos (about $115 USD) for meals and basic expenses during the first week of the program. Take an ATM card that's linked to your U.S. primary checking account. If it is linked to Visa systems, your card will work in most cash machines throughout the country. Make sure you know your PIN in numbers.
Should I take my laptop?
Students are advised not to bring a laptop. There is a computer lab at UPAEP which will serve student needs in Puebla, and there is no internet connectivity in La Preciosita (students will be able to access the internet occasionally at an internet café in a nearby town while in La Preciosita).
Is there any financial aid to study abroad?
Arcadia University has a scholarship fund for accepted students. See the Scholarship section of our website or call our office for further details. Ask the study abroad adviser on your campus about other financial aid possibilities and investigate the Stafford loan and the Plus loan scheme.
What's the weather like?
See the Daily Life in Puebla & La Preciosita section for information about weather.
Will I feel culture shock?
Probably. Most students will go through some kind of culture shock, even on a short summer program. There will be many significant differences to which you must grow accustomed during your experience in Mexico. Read the section on Culture Shock for more details about culture shock in general and cultural norms in Mexico.
What happens when I arrive in Mexico?
Please see the Arrival in Mexico section.
Detailed instructions in the form of a travel guide will be sent to you a few weeks before you depart.
How soon after the program concludes will I receive my Arcadia University transcript?
We will send an official copy of your transcript to your home school and an unofficial copy to you. Your transcript will be withheld by Arcadia University if you have an outstanding balance on your account resulting from nonpayment of the program fee (in whole or in part) or special course surcharges, any late fees or returned check fees, damage charges, library fines, or other unmet financial obligations as deemed appropriate by Arcadia University.