FAQs

Where is the school?

Babilon Language Coaching is located in the beautiful Historic center of Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro. The city is in an area of Mexico commonly known as El Bajío, three hours northwest of Mexico City.

When and how do I pay?

You have to pay 100% of the course package fees (including registration and course fees, books and accommodation fees) at least two weeks before the start of your classes. Payments must be done on-line in our book now section.

Do you organize excursions and activities?

In addition to your regular classes, Babilon regularly offers additional activities to broaden your cultural experience and understanding of the Mexican culture.

Some of the activities include:

Piñata party: Celebrate a traditional Mexican fiesta with us.  Enjoy food, fun, friends…. and don´t forget the piñata!

Coffee Night: Get to know your professors and other Mexican students at one of the local cafes downtown.

Querétaro and its legends: Take a walking tour through the city at night.  Your guide, leading the way with a fire-lit torch, is an important person in the history of Mexico.  Live the drama of Mexico´s history in the very locations where it took place.

Mexican Movie Night: Come with popcorn and a soda in hand to enjoy a Mexican classic or recent favorite film with us.

You can sign up for any of our field trips planned during your time studying with us.  Make sure you sign up early before all the spaces fill!  Costs for each trip include transportation between the school and our travel destination and admission tickets when applicable.  We will let you know if you should plan to budget for food or bring a sack lunch if necessary.

Do you have internet access at the school?

Yes, we have wireless internet access.

How many students are in the group classes?

A group class has 12 students at the most.

Are the teachers native speakers?

Yes, all of our teachers are experienced native Spanish speakers, and are certified teachers.

Who comes to study at Babilon?

Students, businesspeople, and travelers of all ages are welcome.

What is the cost of living in Mexico?

The cost of living in Mexico is generally much lower than that of Europe and the U.S. Below is a list of estimated prices in U.S. dollars.

PRICE
Soda (600 ml) 50 cents
Cup of coffee $2
Movie ticket $4
Bus ride 40 cents
Cigarettes $3
Bottle of water (500 ml) 65 cents
Sandwich $2
Private Doctors visit $40
Taxi $2 – $9

 

What is the current exchange rate for the Mexican peso?

The rate is constantly fluctuating. Check online to find its most recent value and to check it in comparison to other currencies around the world.

When is the school closed?

The school is closed on Sundays and national holidays. Ask our Academic Coordinator to provide you with our calendar to know the exact days we will not be open.

What are the start and end dates for classes?

Group classes begin every Monday, and one-to-one classes begin at the date of your choice. All schedules can be modified to suite your personal desires and necessities. You can take classes for as little as one week, or as long as you want. If you complete a full seven week session of classes, you will advance one level within the Common European Framework.

Does the school offer college credit?

Yes, college credit can be arranged through your University. Some US colleges and universities will award you credit based on the result of a proficiency exam administered upon your return or on the final evaluation we give you upon completion of an entire course. Talk to your academic advisor to find out the specific policies of your University.

Are materials included in the course price?

No, but materials are very affordable. You should budget to spend about $45 for a personal set of books for each course.

Do you accept students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish?

Yes, all levels are welcome. We offer a free placement exam that will determine your placement. Students who are just beginning to study Spanish for the first time can benefit greatly from our classes.

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