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American School Foundation (Mexico City)

Event Date

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - College Fair

For times, please see below for "Schedule of Events"


The American School Foundation’s College Fair is coming back for its 34th year! The fair will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at our campus here in Mexico City. We continue to host the most extensive undergraduate fair in Mexico, one that is free to attend and open to the public. We typically have more than 130 colleges and universities from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Australia participate. Students from 50 bilingual high schools are invited. Yearly, we have approximately 1500 people in attendance.  This is an excellent way for students and their parents to learn about educational opportunities in Mexico and abroad.

***APPLY NOW TO PARTICIPATE***  PLEASE EMAIL collegefair@asf.edu.mx if you would like to be on a waitlist to participate. We are currently at capacity.

Contact Information

Rachel Dillon, College Counselor at collegefair@asf.edu.mx

About Our School

School website: http://www.asf.edu.mx/

Please take some time to review our school profile, which can be found at the bottom of this page as an attachment.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 14, 2017

              9:25 a.m. Bus departing the J.W. Marriott for ASF

              9:30 a.m. Recommended arrival time for representatives who are giving workshops        

              9:45 a.m. Late registration / “day-of” registration payments

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Representative arrival/registration, payment, table set-up and Tamale Breakfast

**10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Workshops**

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. College Fair

2:15 p.m.  Bus will depart ASF for the J.W. Marriott (Polanco)

             8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  College Fair Cocktail Reception. Location:  El Bajío

What We Will Provide

When you arrive to the fair on Saturday morning, ASF will provide you with a Mexican-style breakfast of tamales and coffee or atole to drink.  Inside the wellness center (gym) where the fair will take place, you will be provided with a table that is approximately 1.5 m long and 0.70 m wide and covered with a maroon tablecloth.  There will also be two chairs for you to use and a sign with your organization’s name on it that is approximately 2 m high.  Floor displays will be not be allowed for any university this year. If it fits on your table, you are welcome to have it. We will respect all universities' designated space. ASF will have bottled water available for you on your table.   

What You Should Bring

Please feel free to bring your own tablecloth or banner to use on your table as well as any additional signs.  There will be space on the table to have your brochures/information flyers and a laptop.  There will be wireless Internet in the gym.  Any freestanding signs you choose to bring must not be wider than the length of your table (1.5 m long); we do not believe it is fair to encroach in other universities’ space.   “Giveaway” items are acceptable.  Pens and bags are always a success!


Workshops will be held the morning of the college fair. There will be approximately five different workshops held just prior to the college fair, from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. in the classrooms located on the 2nd floor of the Wellness Center. 

Application and Fees

The cost for a college or university to participate in the fair is $250 USD. This money helps with the expenses of the fair and, even more importantly, goes towards a scholarship fund for graduating seniors. We hold an essay contest in the Spring to determine who will receive one of the three to four scholarships awarded. Checks for the fee should be mailed to the school in advance.  If it is not possible for you to have a check sent in advance, please let us know so we can "make note" that you are going to be paying the fee "day-of". We are hoping to be able to offer representatives an option to pay the fee by credit card the day of the fair and will share further details once we are certain we can offer than option. Thanks for your patience! The deadline to apply to participate is SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

Checks can be sent to:
The American School Foundation, A.C.
Attn: College Fair
Bondojito 215
Col. Las Americas
Ciudad de México 01120


Sending Materials in Advance

You may send materials via air mail or courier service.  Please note that you will be responsible for extra duty charges if incurred.  Please be sure to clearly mark your boxes with the name of your institution and COLLEGE FAIR.

The mailing address is:
The American School Foundation, A.C.
Attn: College Fair
Bondojito 215
Col. Las Americas
Ciudad de México 01120

Arriving in Mexico City

Once passing through immigration and customs at the Mexico City airport, or for domestic flights, once picking up your luggage, you will need to walk to any given taxi stand to pre-purchase your cab fare.  There are around five different cab companies leaving from the airport and all are completely safe.  Make sure you have the address where you will be going ready to show the taxi stand attendant.  Cab fare from the airport to the Polanco neighborhood will cost around 200 pesos.  Unless you are traveling in a group, do not let the attendant charge you for a minivan or suburban; all of the taxi companies have sedans that have more than enough for one or two people plus luggage.

For more details on authorized taxis at the airport, please click here 


Bus transportation will be provided on Saturday, October 10 from the J.W. Marriott to ASF and back again. TWO BUSES will available. We know that the last year or two that there haven't been enough seats. This year there will be! The pick-up times will be:

Saturday, October 14

9:25 a.m. J.W. Marriott (Polanco) => ASF

3:15 p.m. ASF => J.W. Marriott (Polanco)

Additionally, we are certain you will really enjoy the affordability and accessibility of Uber here in Mexico City! If you need extra transport for whatever reason, please do know that Uber is the best option!

Recommended Hotels

The J.W. Marriott will have a room block for university representatives participating in the ASF College Fair. The special rate of $249 + taxes  per night will be available from Wednesday, October 11 checking out on Sunday, October 15. The rooms go fast so it is encouraged to reserve as soon as possible as it is only a small block of room that we're allowed to reserve (around 25). The last day to book will be September 20, 2017

Contact person:
Mariana Malagon 

Other options include:
Polanco/Reforma hosts numerous luxury hotels like the W, the JW Marriott, the Hyatt Regency, St. Regis, and the Four Seasons and is centrally located in relationship to the schools you will likely be visiting while in Mexico City.
Centro Histórico also is home to several nice hotels (and great rooftop restaurants) and while very charming, is less convenient in regards to location. It might be a better option if you are also planning to stay in the city for a weekend.
Zona Rosa/Roma/Condesa are a popular areas due to their beautiful parks and architecture as well as for their restaurant and bar scenes. There are many boutique type hotels and upscale “bed and breakfasts”. These neighborhoods are also centrally located in regards to the schools.

Recommended Restaurants

There is an endless list of delicious restaurants to try in Mexico City.  To narrow down your list, or maybe even to start your list, I recommend travel websites like:

Also: ATCGUIDE on instagram

And in Spanish: www.chilango.com/restaurantes 

Institutions eligible to participate in the ASF College Fair are accredited institutions only. ASF welcomes boarding school representatives to visit the fair as guests or with participant tables in a designated area. Those representatives who are interested in having a table at the fair can email collegefair@asf.edu.mx for more information. Independent consultants may only attend the fair as guests.

Rachel Dillon.,
Feb 14, 2017, 6:17 AM