Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Education, Liberal Studies
CSU IP Mexico: La META
Program At A Glance
When: Early August to mid-May
Units: Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Mexico as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date.
Course Prerequisites: 4 semesters/6 quarters of college-level Spanish (through intermediate level), and the completion of all lower-division coursework in the major. Native Spanish speakers with strong composition skills are eligible to apply.
The CSU IP Mexico program is affiliated with Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), better known as Tec. The Tec is a major university system with 32 campuses throughout Mexico. CSU IP students study at Tec’s Querétaro campus, which was founded in 1975 and enrolls about 5,000 students in 19 majors. CSU students may pursue coursework in most of these areas, subject to their language ability, or concentrate on Spanish language learning.
The CSU IP Mexico: La META (Learn about Mexican Education through Teaching Assistantship) program is an excellent opportunity for students who are considering teaching as a career to add an international component to their degree program. The program is best suited for students majoring in education, liberal studies, child development or a closely related field. After taking a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival, Students enroll in Spanish language courses appropriate to their level. Additionally, students take courses in Latin American civilization, intercultural communication and the Mexican education system. Each semester, students also experience education in Mexico through classroom observation and participation in public and private schools at the primary and/or secondary level in Querétaro. Through coursework at the Tec and assisting teachers in schools, La META students gain valuable experience in working with Mexican children in school settings while enhancing their understanding of the Spanish language and Mexican culture.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin and La META program flyer for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.
The CSU IP Mexico program is located in North-Central Mexico in Querétaro, which is located 125 miles north of Mexico City and 220 miles east of Guadalajara. Querétaro is one of Mexico’s most well-known and beautiful colonial cities and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is located near the ancient capitals of the Aztecs and the Toltecs, and is growing as an important business and industrial center.
Upon arrival in Mexico, students are provided with temporary host family accommodations, for one month, prearranged by the Tec. During this first month, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Some students choose to stay with their host family for the remainder of the academic year, while others rental local apartments.