Study Abroad in Mexico
Planning a Personal Budget

Overview

Now that you have been admitted to the program, one of your first questions is how much it's really going to cost. This section will help you anticipate a variety of common expenses so you can start planning now. The College of Global Studies' Financial Information explains what the program fee does and does not cover.  You will have to budget carefully for all other expenses.

Use a Budget Worksheet to plan your budget. Listed below are several common items that you should include in your planning.  Estimates of additional expenses can be found on the Financial Information page.

Airfare

Your program fee does not include the cost of travel to Mexico. Flight information can be found on our Mexico Travel Information (this includes a link for booking with Student Universe).

Meals

You will be responsible for your own meals for the first two weeks in Puebla (there is a cafeteria on campus), and some meals during weekend excursions. 

Books

You will be able to purchase required texts once you arrive in Puebla.

Local Transportation

In Puebla, you should expect to walk to get to classes daily, and you will be walking to and from your homestay and placement in La Preciosita.  Transportation for weekend trips is included. However, it’s a good idea to budget some money for any additional local travel.

Personal Expenses

Calling home, entertainment, and trinkets or other memorabilia can add up, so make sure to include these in your budget.

Some Helpful Hints

You'll stretch your budget if you do the following:

  • Make daily and weekly budgets and stick to them.
  • Prepare your own food. It's cheaper than eating out. If you do eat out, eat your main meal at noon, rather than in the evening.
  • Plan your activities around free, inexpensive and discounted events.
  • Take care of your belongings and safeguard your travelers checks, cash and passport.
  • Loss from carelessness or theft is hard enough to bear at any time, but it is even more distressing abroad. Pickpocketing is common, particularly in spots frequented by tourists.
  • Write down the numbers of your travelers checks and make a photocopy of the document page of your passport, and keep these in a separate place in case the originals are lost or stolen.
  • With a little realistic planning, you won't be caught by surprise later on.