Known as the “City of Eternal Springs”, Cuernavaca is known for its good weather year round. A pre-colonial city with a history over 3000 years long, the city still has a mix of Mexican and Spanish influences today. From the ancient Aztec civilization to Spanish colonial occupation to the modern day Hispanic way of life, there is much to learn through study abroad programs in Cuernavaca. Renowned for its Spanish language and cultural programs, study abroad in Cuernavaca will take learning far beyond on the classroom and immerse students fully in Mexican culture.
Accommodation & Visas
Generally, living arrangements for those who study abroad in Cuernavaca will be made by program providers or host organizations. Although, students will typically be able to choose which type of accommodation they would prefer. Accommodation is most often provided through on-campus university housing, private apartments, or homestays.
Staying within the university complex can be extremely convenient for international students, allowing them to interact with both international and local students both at “home” and in the classroom. Those who choose to live in private apartments will obviously have the greatest level of independence while studying in Cuernavaca, but this can be seen as both a pro and con, depending on the student. Students who choose to stay with a Mexican family during their study abroad program in Cuernavaca will have ample opportunities to practice their Spanish language skills, get insider cultural tips or travel information, and build a relationship with Mexico that will last a lifetime.
Students who wish to study abroad in Cuernavaca will need to apply for a student visa before arrival in Mexico, if their program lasts longer than six months. However, international students who want to enroll in a short-term study abroad program in Cuernavaca can opt for the Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM), which is valid for 180 days and can be obtained at any international airport or Mexican border.
Benefits & Challenges
Language. Study abroad programs in Cuernavaca are incredible international opportunities for students with a great desire to learn the Spanish language. However, students will be even more successful during their program is they learn some basic Spanish before arrival, since not all locals speak English fluently.
Climate. The city of Cuernavaca has a tropical savanna climate that averages 70 degrees fahrenheit year round. Although, the warmest months are April and May and the coldest months are December and January, when temperatures range in the low 60s. Due to the city’s setting in the highlands, it receives just enough wind from every direction, giving it ideal temperatures at all times of the year.