What to Expect
Study abroad programs provide university students with life-changing experiences, immersion into different cultures and languages, and the opportunity to move beyond your comfort zone and expand your world view.
Choosing to study abroad is a big decision that requires both foresight and planning. Moving abroad can be nerve-wracking to say the least and many people are anxious about the unknown. But that’s our job at Maximo Nivel… to help you embrace the experience! We take you out of your comfort zone, while keeping you comfortable.
Talk to your advisor — Check with your academic advisor to make sure attending a study abroad program makes sense for your academic career. Get the program pre-approved before going overseas and make sure the classes count toward your graduation.
Do your research — Background research is important. Read up on the history, culture, and societal norms of your destination country. Be sure you understand current events, exchange rates, and safety issues before you leave. Remember, you are a guest in another country, so honor their way of life. You should represent yourself and your university in a respectable manner. The more you know about where you’re going, the easier it is to be there!
Get your paperwork in order — Get your passport and be sure it has at least 6 months before it expires. Be sure to get medical insurance that covers you while you’re traveling abroad. The great news is that you don’t need any special visas to attend Maximo’s programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.
Language of Instruction
Depending on your program, your studies will be led in either Spanish or English. Programs are available for students who have zero or only basic Spanish language skills, where all course material is taught in English. However, we strongly recommend incorporating classes from our Native Spanish Program and to take part in our free Tandem Conversation Program.
The above said, most university students come to Maximo Nivel’s programs looking to improve their Spanish language skills, in which case you will not be disappointed! For students focused on building their Spanish speaking abilities—you will definitely speak a lot of Spanish both inside and outside the classroom.