Informational Pages

cuernavaca.jpgDear Summer Study Abroad students,

Here are some pages I put together to prepare you for our trip to the Spanish Language Institute in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. On this site, you will find information about the Language Institute, What to Pack, Information on Getting from the Airport to Cuernavaca, and what to do once you have arrived. All of these documents are downloadable in Adobe .pdf format so you can print them and take them with you on your trip.

There is also a page link above, “About our group” where I ask you to submit a small paragraph telling us a little about yourself–who you are, what your major is, what you like to do in your spare time, etc. This will help us to get to know each other a little better.  You will be able to do this once you have been accepted to the program.

There is another page titled, “FAQ’S: QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?” where you can post questions that might be of benefit to other students as well.

I hope you are looking forward to our trip to México as much as I am. I am sure it will be a rewarding learning experience.

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Video de ASLI en Cuernavaca

Hola mis divinos y preciosos estudiantes,
ALSI launches a new promotional video for the Cuernavaca school where we study.  I was happy to see a lot of UT-Arlington students featured in the video.  (YEAH! UTA!!!).  If you’re planning on participating in this summer’s program, the deadline for applications is April 15th. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
El Instituto de Lengua y Estudios Latinoamericanos acaba de lanzar este nuevo video sobre la escuela en Cuernavaca.  Verán muchos estudiantes de UT-Arlington que participaron en el programa de verano el año pasado.  Si buscas alguna aventura este verano, no hay nada mejor que estudiar en Cuernavaca durante la segunda sesión de verano.  Te escapas del calor de Texas y puedes ganar hasta seis créditos que cuenta hacia tu licenciatura en la ciduad de la eterna primavera.  La fecha para entregar la solicitud es el 15 de abril.  Para más información, envíame un correo-electrónico a elliott@uta.edu. Hay ayuda financiera y becas disponibles.  ¡Cuernavaca nos espera!

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Money Laudering and International Banking Laws: Paying at the Institute

With the recent increase in money laundering in Mexico, banking laws have changed not only in Mexico but in the United States as well. Therefore, the Summer Study Abroad program in Cuernavaca has issued new rules for making payments to the institute. This is a quick-fix measure in order to avoid being affected by the new banking laws that were instituted in March of 2014. Mexico is no longer accepting bank or cashiers checks that are made out to businesses. They have never accepted personal checks or money order. As you know, you were required to pay your deposit to the program by getting a cashiers check made out to the official name of the institute. With the new banking laws in place in Mexico, the banks are not accepting the checks that you turned in. In order to resolve this situation as easily and as expeditiously as possible, we are returning your checks to you so that you can go back to your bank and have them reissue the checks payable directly to the registrar from the Spanish Language Institute. Mexico and the United States will accept checks if they are made out to a specific individual but not to a business in Mexico.

Getting your check reissued at the bank:When you take your check back to your bank to get them to reissue it, simply tell them that you need to replace the check because it was made out to the wrong person. Ask them to make out the new check payable to: Rosa María Poblador de Partida and have them write “ASLI” in the memo line. ASLI are the initials of the Spanish Language Institute. It is important that Mrs. Partida’s name be spelled correctly on the check or it will not be accepted.   If your bank charges you for reissuing the check, have them give you a receipt and you will be reimbursed by the Spanish Language Institute when you get to Cuernavaca. Once you get the new check, I would appreciate your delivering it to the Department of Modern Languages as soon as possible and one of the secretaries will make sure that the new checks get to me.

Paying at the Institute: If you plan on paying with a cashiers check at the Spanish Language Institute, you will have to make the check payable to the same person listed above: Rosa María Poblador de Partida, with the memo line reading “ASLI”. You can also pay the institute in cash, either dollars or pesos.

We are very SORRY!!! Although we have no control over international banking laws and cannot anticipate how the laws will change from one week to the next, we are terribly sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you and appreciate your cooperation. I will be returning your checks to you at the Pre-departure orientation meeting scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014.

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El Señor Paco Ramos talks about the Spanish Language Institute and Cuernavaca

Dear Cuernavaca students,
Here is a video presentation done by Dr. Paco Ramos, one of the directors of the Spanish Language Institute where you will be going. I thought you’d like to see it!

The Spanish Language Institute and Cuernavaca Reviews on TripAdvisor

UTA Students dancing the Macarena at the Spanish Language Institute

While searching on the internet, I came across the TripAdvisor site.  TripAdvisor.com is a travel website that assists customers in gathering travel information, posting reviews and opinions of travel-related content and engaging in interactive travel forums.  The reviews are posted by people just like you who have been to a place and who wish to write about and share their experiences with others.  I noticed that there are reviews of the Spanish Language Institute, where we go, in addition to information about safety in Cuernavaca.  Please take a moment to read some of the 49 reviews that have been posted there–the most recent one is from February 23rd.  You’ll notice that the Spanish Language Institute get 5 stars out of 5 stars!  Can’t ask for much better than that.  Here is the link to the website:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150797-d1203542-Reviews-Spanish_Language_Institute-Cuernavaca_Central_Mexico_and_Gulf_Coast.html

Happy reading!!!

Phi Kappa Phi: New Study Abroad Funding Opportunity for UTA students

The UT Arlington Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce the availability of funds for undergraduate students planning to study abroad between May 1 of this year and June 30, 2012.

Phi Kappa Phi’s 2011-12 Study Abroad Grant program will provide forty-five nationally-competitive $1,000 awards for outstanding undergrads who are looking to “seek knowledge and experience their academic fields” in a foreign land. The program is open to any student attending an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter, which includes UT Arlington.

Other eligibility requirements include a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and a minimum of 30 semester hours (but no more than 90 semester hours). For a full set of eligibility requirements, as well as links to a “more information” PDF and the required application form, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Study_Abroad.html

Students will file applications directly to Phi Kappa Phi and not to the local chapter. Any additional questions should be directed to Phi Kappa Phi’s national office, http://www.phikappaphi.org/web/About/Contact_Us.html.

Those of us affiliated with our local chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are especially pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to the entire UT Arlington campus, and sincerely hope that our students avail themselves of the same.

Accepted forms of payment at the Institute:

The Spanish Language Institute in Cuernavaca accepts Pesos and Dollars. They they do not accept credit cards. ATM cards used at local machines are limited to $300.00 per day. This might vary depending on your bank! You should plan on having a couple of ways to get money. I always take a credit card, a debit card and a small amount of cash. It’s not a bad idea to already have some pesos when you arrive; however, there are “casas de cambio” at the airport and the exchange rate is not bad.

The majority of you will probably take a debit or credit card to Mexico. It’s always a good idea to let your bank know that you will be out of the country. If they see that your card is being used a lot, they might cut it off, thinking that it’s stolen.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them to this website under FAQ’s.

Great Site for Packing!!!

The http://www.onebag.com site is ideal for both the inexperienced and experienced traveler. Onebag will help you determine what to pack and how much to pack. Are you taking too much stuff? Not enough stuff? Onebag will walk you through the steps of packing and tells you how to pack your belongings so you will have enough room to bring home all those souvenirs you’re sure to buy while in Mexico. Check out the site for some great tips on packing. Click on the logo below to visit the onebag site.

Summer Study Abroad in Cuernavaca Videos!

Be sure to check out the videos of Cuernavaca and the Spanish Language Institute by clicking on the video link at the top of this page. Or you can simply click  here