Earn Credit With 11 Day Trip
To the "City of Eternal Spring" in Mexico
June 21 – July 1, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
Of course, but it is easier and fun when you are surrounded by the Spanish language and Mexican culture.
Yes. You will earn 3 credit hours for IDS 207 Cultural Exploration (Interdepartamental Studies). It will transfer to Clemson University, University of South Carolina-Columbia, Anderson University as 3 hours of elective credit that will count towards any major. It may transfer to other universities- just let us know what university you are considering.
Pretty much anyone with a serious interest in learning Spanish and experiencing another culture can go. As a student, a current minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. If you are not a student, you can go without earning university credit. No Spanish background is required, but it is encouraged. There will be a pre-departure orientation to prepare you for the experience.
About $900 for students, plus airfare and Tri-County Tuition. For non-students, the price is $1200, plus airfare. If you can´t go because of the cost, don´t let money
All program fees in Cuernavaca, including Spanish grammar and conversational classes in Mexico, room and board with a Mexican family (3 meals/day, double occupancy), airport transfers in Mexico, day trips, guides, tips, entry fees, international health insurance, excursions to historical and tourist sites.
Airfare, your passport, spending money, local transportation costs, dinners, vaccinations or immunizations and tuition.
Don't wait! Turn in the completed application form and an unofficial copy of your transcript to Trini Tumlin. Submit two recommendation forms (one personal and one academic) as soon as possible.
After reviewing applications and letters of recommendation, faculty directors may conduct interviews and will select students based on
Trini Tumlin is a Spanish Instructor at Tri-County Technical College and native of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Trini co-directed Tri-County's 2006 Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca.
Monday through Friday
Evenings: Optional Cultural Activities
Weekends: Excursions to other cities, towns, archeological ruins
Trini Tumlin: 864-220-8018 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Easley Campus 22
Application deadline and Reference Letters Due
$500 Deposit Due
Depart for Mexico
Getting your passport
Here is a list of the 3 closest passport offices. You will be required to make an appointment before you can apply so I have also supplied the phone numbers for each office. For more information you can go to www.state.gov.
The offices are:
Clemson Post Office
519 College Ave
Easley Post Office
810 South Pendleton Street
U.S. Postal Service Passport Anderson, SC
1900 N. Main St.
Here's what former participants had to say about Tri-County's Program in Cuernavaco, Mexico:
Studying abroad in Mexico is an awesome experience that goes way beyond education... outdoor classes, the excursions, new friendships, shopping... Being immersed in the culture left so much more of an impact on my life than if I had only taken the required Spanish courses. It is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth as well as for growth in Spanish-speaking skills.
This class gave me, as an ESOL teacher (English for Students of Other Languages), the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to be a language learner in a country where I was the foreigner, the stranger. I now understand so much more about the fears and frustrations and confusion that my own students must experience many times daily, especially when they first arrive in the US. Spanish 204 will therefore be invaluable as I work with my students. Also, I never thought I would personally ever have the opportunity to study a language at a language school, live with a family in another country, and just be immersed in the daily culture of another country. What a personal adventure it was! I am so grateful that South Carolina required ESOL teachers to study another language and that Tri-County Tech offered this unusual class. My own life is so much richer for the experience.
This trip will change the way you hear, write, speak and think in Spanish. It's a life - changing trip!
Cuernavaca is an experience that I will never forget. The trip helped me to better understand Mexican culture all while making lifelong friendships and gaining a new perspective on my own life in the United States.
It was the experience of a lifetime. Being immersed in the culture made the language seem real to me. By the end of the two weeks, I was thinking in Spanish!
I have never experienced such an eye-opening trip that I will take with me for the rest of my life. The food, language, and culture gave me more appreciation for what I have than anything I have ever done before.
It was a great learning experience, more than I expected, going to Mexico. I felt a part of a culture after being totally involved in the atmosphere. I am so thankful for the opportunity to go. It was definitely worth the trip.
The experience was an educational and exciting adventure. It involved a type of learning that cannot be derived from books. Actually experiencing Mexico first hand gave me insight into another culture and memories that I will never forget.
It was a wonderful experience that I will NEVER forget. I had a great time and learned a lot!
I look at the people of Mexico in a different light after this trip. They are such warm, caring, and calm people. They are so willing to help in all ways- this I could have NEVER learned in a classroom- and this I will never forget!
It was a great learning experience for me. It would be a great advantage to any student taking Spanish.