Living Accommodations

"Everything was top notch! I felt so affirmed, so comfortable, with the beautiful campus, the homelike classrooms, the personalized program, the positive, encouraging and supportive staff. This made it so easy for me to engage my mind and spirit in the very intensive effort the program requires." - From a former CIRIMEX student

Participants select the living accommodations that best serve their personal needs and preferences. Options include boarding with a Mexican family, apartments, seminary boarding and inexpensive to five-star inns.

For lodging at commercial establishments participants are asked to include the price of the first day's lodging with the application if CIRIMEX is to make the reservation. The terms for recovery of unused hotel registration fees are determined by each establishment and usually require timely prior cancellation. Each participant must deal directly with the management of commercial establishments regarding all other aspects of his/her account.

Since prices are often changed, please inquire from our business office for current rates. CIRIMEX makes arrangement for home boarding. For living arrangements at a seminary or religious house, each student is asked to make the necessary arrangements personally or through his seminary or diocese.

Typically the CIRIMEX Experience begins when a student arrives at the Miguel Hidalgo International Airport which serves and is served by a number of Mexican, U.S. and other national airlines. Someone form CIRIMEX, usually Sr. Caridad, meets and welcomes and transports the new arrival to his/her lodging. 

The living accommodations provided for the students are a significant aspect of the CIRIMEX language and culture program, so great care is taken in screening homes. We make every effort to match each student with the appropriate provider in a clean, comfortable, welcoming, supportive home within walking distance of the CIRIMEX campus. Homes where no other English speaker resides are selected so the student will have multiple opportunities to practice the Spanish language. The homes generally offer a private room, sometimes a private bath or even a suite. All meals are taken at the residence and a gracious welcome to all family activities and events in which the student cares to participate is extended – such as special meals, casual conversation, family parties, christenings, holidays, family outings, weekend vacations, etc.  

In terms of language learning, the home-away-from home provides constant practice in the language of everyday life and personal interaction. In terms of the cultural program, the home provides the student with a front row seat for observing, up close and personal, the social patterns of Mexican life – i.e., interactions of spouses, children and elders, godparents, extended family members, etc. The student has the opportunity to both observe and participate in basic patterns of interaction and social practices with wide-ranging discussions of topics of current interest in Mexican life. 

The home-away-from home helps to move the learning program from the strictly academic focus of grammar and rhetoric to language-for-use-in-real-life arenas. The student has the opportunity to practice the Spanish he/she has learned in a variety of everyday settings.