INTERVIEW KEDGE MARSEILLE
Name of the partner university : Tecnológico de Monterrey - ITESM in Puebla
Name of the student : Diego CALVO RODRIGUEZ
What’s the official language of teaching or of living ?
The official language is Spanish.
Do people usually speak the official language or another language ?
They usually speak the official language.
Do people generally speak English well ?
Yes, in private location schools but in other locations no.
GREETINGS / STEREOTYPES
How do people greet each other ? (Friends and formal)
They kiss but only one cheek.
What are stereotypes of the French people in your country ?
That’s a good question. We think that French people are fashion, drink a lot of wine, eat a lot of cheese and bread. One stereotype is that you don’t take showers, but we know that it’s not true. And there is the fact that city centers are dirty.
Do people value education in your country? (On a scale from 1-5)
Yes a lot, 5 !! You must need a career and a school degree to be successful.
How many years is it considered 'normal' for children to go to school ?
It’s considered normal to have done 3 years of pre-school, then 6 years of elementary, 3 years of middle year, 3 years of high school, and 4-5 years of university.
In higher education, do students usually live at home or at the school ?
Both, they live at home and at school.
How formal/informal is the student/teacher relationship ?
It depends on how you interact. In my school, for me it’s very informal, I respect the teachers, but we can talk after school and drink beer together. So, it depends on the student. Students are very respectful with them.
What is the most common mode of transportation in your city (car, walk, bike, public transportation, etc.) ? What kinds of public transportation are there ?
We use our private car, public transportation is very bad, at certain hours it's very insecure. To use UBER or a taxi, it costs 3-4 euros for 8km. You can pass your driving license at 16 in Mexico.
How much cost a ticket ?
It costs 0,5 cents for one trip and there is no card for the month, we usually pay daily to the driver.
WORK AND PLAY
Why is work valued (e.g., financial gain, group welfare, individual satisfaction, promotion of group cohesiveness, fulfilment or creation of obligations to/from others, position in the community) ?
Social classes are very divided. If you want to have money to sustain you have to work. Mostly work is valued for money.
What are the most common leisure activities ?
Football (soccer), basketball, tennis, street art (graffiti) are the most common leisure activities.
Is there a “national sport”? What sports/games are most popular?
Soccer is the national sport, but baseball is very popular.
TIME AND SPACE
How important is 'punctuality' ?
It's not very important, in general they don’t care.
How much “space” is customary to leave between people as you are talking ?
We can be very close, hug, say hi with the cheeks, it's not a problem.
To what extent is physical touch appropriate or inappropriate ?
Everybody hugs, kisses on the cheeks, it's appropriate.
What behaviours are considered socially unacceptable for young adults in general ?
Drugs are very unacceptable, being drunk is unacceptable but we do it like always.
What gestures, postures, or language have special significance or may be considered offensive ?
Checking your phone in a conversation, or if you don’t say hi to people can be very offensive
Do you have a dominant religion in your country ? If yes, which one ?
Yes, it's Catholicism.
To what extent does religion play a role in community life ?
It plays a very important role, private schools are catholic, most of the families go to the church, marry by the Church. So, religion is very important in Mexico.
What foods are typical of your country ?
Tacos : we have hundreds of types, tortas ahogadas, which is small baguette with meat inside. There is also hot sauce, enchiladas, guacamole, mole (typical Mexican food with cacao and chili sauce).
If you were to stereotype the food in your own country what would you say ? (For example, the stereotype of French food is that it is classy, refined, and we eat a lot of bread and cheese)
Our food is very spicy, it’s greasy food, and it's cooked with a lot of condiments.
HISTORY AND TRADITIONS
What is the political system of your country ?
We are in a democratic system. Mexico is a federal republic.
What individuals and events in history are sources of pride for your country ? To what extent is knowledge of your country’s history preserved ?
Our national days are :
Independence of Mexico 16th September 1810
Revolution of Mexico 20th November 1910
Flag Day because the flag is very important on 27th February
Battle of Puebla 5th May
HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS
What are big holidays that are celebrated by all ?
Our big holidays are :
Christmas 3 weeks to 1 month free
Pascua 1 week in April or May, it depends on the calendar.
Labour Day 1st May
Day of the Death 1-2 November
2 months and a half : June to Mid-August
How do you celebrate the celebrations’ days ?
We don't have classes on important days.
Is your university far from the city center ?
The university is far from the center.
Is the building modern ?
Yes, our buildings are modern.
Is there a big difference compared to Kedge BS ?
In my university, there are more cafeterias, more places to eat, better food, we can choose from 6 to 7 types of restaurant, there are more commons areas (3-4 Hub), a better entrance (no hill to go to school), a lot of security guards : inside and at the entrance, a Starbucks Coffee inside the university, and a lot of sports fields.
Can you say a few words about your university or the city it is in ?
Puebla is in the center, in the South of Mexico. During summer it's very hot and in winter, it's very cold. Near Puebla, there is an active volcano. It’s a modern city. Most of the population is students, so there is a lot of clubs, parties. There are also cultural activities (history), 15 museums, green spaces. The city is divided into 2 parts, the old city and the new one. There are malls like les Terrasses du Port.
Do you have school holidays ?
Yes, we have school holidays, like I said before.
Is there a student residence or university rooms near your university ?
Yes, there are student residences.
Are there a lot of foreign students in your university ?
Yes, a lot, 4 000 students : 1 500 from Puebla and 2 500 from other parts of Mexico or other countries.
What are the good deals or good plans as a student ?
Ancient ruins entrance is free for students in Mexico, the museums are free too.
There is not much of discounts, because most things are already cheap, there is no need of special discounts.
How do you go to the city center ?
We go to the city center by car.
Are there parties or festivals organised in the city ? Or in the university ?
In the university, there are parties for a special occasion, for example Halloween, there are 3-4 parties a year, there is not much associations (free) like in Kedge, there are associations for career. In the city, there are always things to do, there are festivals of everything (food, art).
If you had to recommend one restaurant, which one would it be ?
It would be La Noria, it's a restaurant from Puebla, it’s considered expensive in Mexico, but it costs around 20€.
What are your weekend recommendations ? (tourism, parties, restaurants, etc.)
There are small towns near Puebla, about an hour, like Aix en Provence and Marseille. I recommend you go to the volcanos park, to museums, to visit the city center, to see Lomas : a city district where there are many restaurants and coffees, Tolula : where there are bars and clubs, or La Isla, to have dinner at La Juarez.
What advise would you like to give to our student, if they want to study in your country ?
I recommend you go to the center, to the South, because there are many campuses like Puebla, Guadalajara, Mexico, Queretaro. Look for an apartment near the school, it’s cheaper and a better apartment instead of school residences. The association like Interact in the university, I recommend you contact them Try everything : food, activities, do not hesitate on trying everything. Interact with Mexican people because it’s different. Don't pack clothes for cold weather, we don’t have snow, just pack the necessary.
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