Spanish course at UNAM CEPE-- preregister or do I just show up?
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Aug 20, 2013 9:58 AM Last Post By: olsonkevin25
Jul 29, 2012 2:30 PM
Spanish course at UNAM CEPE-- preregister or do I just show up?Hi,
I want to enroll in the fall 2012 session of "Intensive Spanish and Mexican Culture" courses at UNAM CEPE in Mexico City. According to the website, registration is on August 23 and 24, and classes begin on Monday August 27. http://www.cepe.unam.mx/cepe.php?anio=2012&idioma=esp&tema=calendario
Is there a way to pre-register for classes? Or if I'm just supposed to show up at the CEPE office in DF on August 23rd?
I looked for more information on the website, but most of it is in Spanish so I don't really understand (yet)... ;-)
Does anyone have any experience with registering for courses here?
I know at private language schools, you can just show up and start the next Monday. But since this course has specific set dates for classes, I don't want to screw something up and miss my chance to enroll.
Thanks for any advice!!
Jul 29, 2012 4:39 PM
Jul 30, 2012 7:01 AM
2Jefa del Departamento: Dra. Martha Jurado Salinas
Tel. y fax: (5255) 5622-2477
Plan de Estudios de Español y Cultura Mexicana:
Propuesta interdisciplinaria que integra el aprendizaje de la lengua con la cultura mexicana. Consta de ocho niveles, cada uno de ellos se dura seis semanas, divididos en tres bloques:
Jul 30, 2012 7:10 AM
Jul 30, 2012 9:35 PM
Jul 31, 2012 6:56 AM
5you just show up...
I did the course in 2007. Registration was somewhat long and disorganized but everyone got through it. I'd show up as early as possible because things got congested by afternoon (backlog for teachers doing oral placement tests and correcting written exams). Do show up on the right day as there are different days for new, returning students.
click on the UK flag on the upper right-hand side for their site in English.
Jul 31, 2012 5:07 PM
Aug 3, 2012 7:01 PM
7I would always check it out first. Even the most prestiges schools in Mexico have sometime bad teachers. I never heard that there was no more space for a language course. Even if you can see if you can do a test class or sit in. Not everybody learns the same way and maybe it is not for you. For sure that after you pay it would be hart to change or get your money back if it isnt what you expected. I run a language school and always offer people a sit in or test class if they show up at the school.
Aug 6, 2012 9:43 AM
8I seriously doubt that CEPE will let you try out a class. They don't have 'Start Any Monday' sessions. They register students over two or three days, and after testing (both oral and written) they place students and create the appropriate number of classes per level. There is a limit of students per class and the teachers have a class list and take attendance (you can't pass if you miss too many classes).
Now, if you knew one of the teachers and asked if you could sit in, that would work.
Aug 15, 2012 2:20 AM
9You DO in fact just show up on August 24, 2012 for classes that begin on August 27, 2012. If you visit any earlier, they will tell you to come back on August 24. You arrive anytime between 8am - 2pm to pay the registration fee and enrollment costs. They talk with you about a number of things and then administer a 2 hour placement exam.
That is the way it works at CEPE and UNAM for Spanish Immersion courses.
PLEASE NOTE: It's August 24, not August 23. August 23 is just for returning CEPE students.
My area of expertise on this subject? I am currently in Mexico City waiting for this program to begin. I have already visited CEPE two times in person in the past week alone to meet some of the students, instructors, etc. I previously was in contact, via phone, with the administrators when I posted my original reply.
Thanks, see you there next Friday.
Aug 15, 2012 12:35 PM
Sep 25, 2012 10:40 AM
11Another potential UNAM CEPE student here with more questions--
As a student who is thinking about doing a year abroad, away from my university (more like a direct enroll student, for which my home uni gives me transfer credit) I'm wondering what the potential for earning credit might be, if I attend CEPE for a minimum of 2 semesters (US semesters, that is). Also, after 9 months of study, how much should I improve.
Likewise, I have 1.5 years of college Spanish, up to the mid-Intermediate level. My reading and writing skills, now rusty after just 2 years of neglect, are probably at a Basic 2 or 3 level, but my conversational skills are abysmal. I spent a month in Mexico, traveling alone this past summer, and I was mute half the time, paralyzed by not being able to verbalize my thoughts. --A definite product of doing too much book work and not enough verbal usage in the classroom and everyday life.
I need to be earning at least 12 US semester hours, per semester, at CEPE, to maintain my US financial aid.
Also, do you think it would be possible for me to take another class at UNAM simultaneously? Specifically, some kind of informal dance instruction, for credit. Part of my anthro thesis will be based upon ethnochoreography of different cultures. I have a strong dance background, having been a professional dancer in an world dance troupe.
Sep 27, 2012 7:03 PM
CEPE has both intensive language classes of six weeks with about two weeks in between (except for Easter week) and semester classes that run on the same calender as the regular classes.
The intensive classes include 2 electives, and I do remember a dance class being offered, but there's everything from literature to Mexican cuisine.
I studied there for about 7 months just over a year ago and thought it was great (I have an incomplete Ivy League education, so my standards are reasonably high).
Unfortunately the CEPE website isn't very useful (especially for telling you how to get there, in either language) and I remember going in circles just to get basic information. You pretty much just show up early (on the right day) with your passport, take the placement exam, pay, get your university ID, and get your class schedule. Except for during the summer sessions, the wait isn't usually too long.
If you have any more questions, feel free to message me. I'm actually returning there for the Spring semester, so I'd like to think I'm up to date.
Edited by: marcopolelow
Oct 6, 2012 3:27 PM
13Thanks for the reply, marcopolo--I've sent you a PM.
A few questions to help me piece it all together:
1) I understand the classes either run 6 weeks (intensive) or 14/15 weeks (regular), PLUS the Culture course of your choice. Any of you know how many credit hours this would translate to, in a traditional US university? The UNAM CEPE website for the Taxco location is actually much more informative, and I believe that the intensive plus a culture class equates--if taken for two (6-week semesters) adds up to 15 or 16 semester credit hours at a US university. (Also I read somewhere there are are 2-weeks breaks between semesters?) Please advise if you know more!
2) For those of you who have gone through this program, did you have any free time at night or on weekends? The current school I attend is incredibly rigorous (minimum 18 credit hours required honors college) and we students have very little time for anything; going out to a cafe for a couple of hours on a Saturday night is only a dream. I would hope to be able to take advantage of living in a foreign country and have a bit of time to explore the museums, etc.
3) I'll be in Condesa D.F. next month visiting a friend (UNAM student). I know the CEPE is hidden away over near the Law School. What is the best way to get to CEPE from the Law School?
Aug 20, 2013 9:58 AM
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