About The School

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About Mexico City (D.F., Distrito Federal)

Mexico City is a fascinating capital that beguiles its visitors with endless options. One of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with 16 boroughs and more than 300 neighborhoods, it has a wealth of variety. Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo, the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park.

A few blocks north of the Palace of Fine Arts, Plaza Garibaldi is one of the best places in Mexico City to hear live mariachi music. Located west of the historic center, the Plaza de la República is home to the newly refurbished Revolution Monument and National Museum. Chapultepec Park, the largest in Mexico City, is divided into three sections and home to several of capital's top tourist attractions, including Chapultepec Castle, the Modern Art Museum and the National Museum of Anthropology.

A kaleidoscope of eras and mementos, of new experiences and splendors from past centuries: that is Mexico City. Here you can jump from one era to the next by just walking across the street. From the mysterious remains of the Pre-Hispanic towns found right in the city's heart,,you can go to the colonial era with its endless temples, beautiful houses, and patios with arches and water fountains. At sunset, the best option is to get pampered at a restaurant in the Condesa district, a neighborhood with a captivating Art Nouveau style and where the school is located or at Coyoacán, a colonial neighborhood.

TRAVEL Fly into Mexico City. Airport pickup available.

About The School

IH Mexico City was founded in 1988 and has provided quality language courses to thousands of students. It is part of the prestigious International House organization, with an excellent reputation for quality in language instruction and teacher training. The school itself is located in a beautiful building listed as a National Heritage site in the wonderful neighborhood called La Condesa. The peaceful location is 15 minutes from the city center and about ten minutes to Paseo de la Reforma, one of the most important avenues in Mexico City. The school has beautiful wrought iron work and is in the colonial style with columns and wooden window frames. The building has 10 classrooms, a sunny terrace, and two computer rooms where students have internet access. As an accredited member of the International House Group the school is committed to high quality professional teaching.  The high standards are maintained by periodic reviews and inspections.  Highly valued is the welfare of each student of Spanish.

Style of teaching - All teachers have university degrees and have received specialized training in the teaching of Spanish to foreigners. The method of International House emphasizes conversation, and also incorporates a great deal of class interaction. The goal is to make you comfortable using your new language in the practical situations that you encounter in everyday life such as travel, meeting people and participating in a conversation effectively. With this communicative and dynamic approach, you will rapidly find yourself speaking Spanish. The combination of outstanding teachers and techniques will give you both knowledge and confidence.

Levels offered - All levels accommodated.  You will be given a placement test and speaking evaluation before your first class.

Class size and hours - Maximum group size 8, private classes available.  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

M-F.  Additional private classes are held in the afternoon.

Materials - Available for purchase at the start of study.

Students - Participants in this program come from all over the world and are of all ages, although completion of high school or age 18 is required. Most people travel and study unaccompanied, but we often accommodate couples. The largest percentage of students are from Europe, and North Americans account for a third of the student population.

Calendar – Students who are not complete beginners may start on any Monday, year round, and study for any length of time.

However, complete beginners must start on one of the following start dates 2017 - January 2, 16; February 6, 20; March 6, 27; April 10, 24; May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3, 17, 31; August 14, 28; September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 6, 20; December 4.

2017 Holidays – Note that the school is closed during Holy Week and Christmas holidays. February 1; April 17-21; May 1; September 15; November 21; December 18-30. 

School holidays 2018  - January 1; February 15; March 19; March 26 through April 1; May 1; November 2, 19; December 17, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

Start dates for beginners 2018 – January 2, 15, 29; February 12, 26;  March 12;  April 2, 16, 30;  May 14, 28; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; August 6, 20; September 3, 17; October 1, 15, 29; November 12, 26;  December 10.

If a holiday falls during a weekday, there will not be classes held.  These classes are not made up, nor is tuition prorated. Students may stay on with the host families on holidays. 

Activities - Connecting the Mexican culture and the Spanish language is an important component of your Spanish immersion program. IH Mexico City organizes a regular program of social activities to compliment your Spanish study including welcome cocktail parties, conversation exchange evenings with Mexican students, lectures on different aspects of Mexican culture, films with commentaries, etc. These are all held in the school and are included in the course fees.  There is more frequency of activities in the summer months. The school also organizes excursions to Mexico City's most interesting locations such as the Zócalo, outstanding museums, and national parks. Weekend excursions are organized to nearby cities or the Teotihuacan Pyramids. The weekend excursions are optional and at extra cost. A typical two week social program would include a welcome party,  Condesa Walking Tour, cooking class, Arts & Crafts class, Latin dance class, Saturday full day excursion at extra cost, visit to a handcraft market, Mexican film, and a visit to the Zócalo.