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OverviewExpand your Spanish skills, exponentially, and immerse yourself in local culture in one of Mexico’s most beloved cities: Guanajuato.Through homestays, direct enrolment at a prestigious local university, community service opportunities, and a host of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Mexico offers you an exciting intercultural experience and unique insight into Mexican art, language, literature, and history.Study abroad in Mexico and you will:
The CIEE DifferenceCourseworkWith a combination of specialized CIEE electives and direct enrolment at Universidad de Guanajuato, you’ll study alongside local and American students exploring subjects ranging from Mexican literature, history, and art, to migration, Spanish language, and revolution.Cultural ActivitiesParticipate in myriad cultural activities during your time abroad. Enjoy the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival for the Arts, and join in celebrations for Independence Day, the Day of the Dead, and the pre-Christmas posadas. In between various holidays, students frequently take part in family occasions such as weddings, fifteenth-birthday celebrations, and baptisms.Community ServiceGive back to your host community and volunteer in one of Guanajuato’s many local NGOs. Onsite staff help you seek out these opportunities and make the necessary contacts to pursue volunteer opportunities that allow you to further immerse themselves in – and give back to – the local community.CreditTotal recommended credit for the semester is 15–20 semester/22.5–30 quarter hours and 30–40 semester/45–60 quarter hours for the academic year.Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted.Contact hours for Universidad de Guanajuato courses are 45–60 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5quarter hours.Program RequirementsAll study abroad students must enroll in a minimum of five courses each semester. During the semester, students enroll in at least two CIEE courses and at least two direct enrollment courses, with the fifth course coming from either CIEE or UG, as they prefer.About GuanajuatoThe CIEE Study Center at the Universidad de Guanajuato is located in the colonial city of Guanajuato, about four hours north of Mexico City. Nestled in a wrinkled valley, Guanajuato boasts a spectacularly colorful and gravity-defying architecture. With a population of 150,000, Guanajuato remains a conservative and provincial city; however, it is intellectually richer and more diverse than one might expect, thanks in large part to the vibrant presence of the Universidad de Guanajuato.Where You’ll StudyFounded in 1732, the Universidad de Guanajuato ranks among the top institutions of higher education in Mexico. Currently there are 21,000 students; 8,000 of whom are pursuing undergraduate degrees in 46 disciplines. With the University’s facilities scattered around Guanajuato, its intellectual and cultural energy is felt throughout the community.Housing & MealsAll study abroad students live in a homestay, which CIEE believes is essential to the learning process and integration into life in Guanajuato. The opportunity to live with a Mexican family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and to observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for students to talk about issues presented in their courses, as well as to practice their Spanish language skills. Most importantly, host families play a major positive role in students’ lives, giving them a social identity as a family member, and offering them warmth and friendship. Students are placed with middle class families, and each homestay houses one CIEE student per semester. The program fee includes three meals per day, a private room, and weekly laundry service.AcademicsLanguage of InstructionSpanishFacultyAll courses are taught by CIEE and Universidad de Guanajuato faculty.