Useful Tips

Guanajuato, Mexico

  • The Institute will provide space that can be used for research and class preparation; hours will be posted during orientation.
  • International phone calls are easy to make from any pay phone, which are abundant in Mexico although sometimes they are out of order. A Mexican phone card can be purchased in Mexico or you may use a phone card provided by your long distance carrier. The Mexican phone system is not as efficient as the American system and sometimes you may get cut off. No big deal, just relax and redial. To call the U.S., the call should be made as follows: 001 (area code) (telephone number).
  • The University of Guanajuato does not have computers for you to use. There are many internet cafes in Guanajuato.
  • The University of Guanajuato does not permit students to use their telephones to make long distance or local calls.
  • Just because you can't speak Spanish doesn't mean you won't have a good time in Mexico. Travel with a good Spanish/English dictionary. The Mexican people are usually very patient and try to communicate with you even if you are butchering their language.
  • Be sure to ask about student discounts especially when purchasing bus tickets or attending cultural events. We recommend that students purchase an International Student Identity card visit at myISiC.
  • Carry tissue with you at all times. Not all restrooms are well equipped.
  • Get to know some of the Mexican people. They are some of the warmest, friendliest and most generous people in the world. Former Institute students have made good friends with whom they still keep in touch and visit.
  • Most of all, remember that you are visiting a foreign country. It is similar to the U.S. in some ways, but in most ways, you cannot even compare the two. If you are intolerant of differences and are not flexible, stay home, do not go to Mexico. This is not a Club Med vacation. But if you want an education and an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life, go to Guanajuato, you will love it!