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Program OverviewThis summer, throw yourself into a language and culture learning experience that allows you to immerse yourself in Spanish while experiencing the charming World Heritage city of Guanajuato.The Summer Language and Culture program is designed to help students expand their knowledge and understanding of Mexico and gain confidence in their Spanish language skills. By the end of the program, you’ll have acquired a passion for continued learning and for Mexico.Study abroad in Guanajuato and you will:
Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and colorful community of Guanajuato while living with a local family Explore the local community through visits to museums and nearby sites of historical and cultural interest Visit the urban and cultural capital of Mexico during an overnight study trip to Mexico CityThe CIEE DifferenceIntercultural Comparative ExperienceTravel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.Expand your global perspective. Spend an intercultural weekend in a second exciting locale!*COURSEWORKStudents may choose from Spanish language classes, as well as courses where you will learn about Mexico’s rich culture covering Mexican Cinema, Literature, Art, Politics, and History. The courses and language training provide a background for the day-to-day experience on excursions to museums, day trips to surrounding areas, and interactions with host families.EXCURSIONSEach session includes an overnight trip to Mexico City or other nearby city of cultural and historical relevance, as well as numerous local cultural activities such as a traditional temazcal steam bath experience, a day trip to Queretaro, and a city tour.HOMESTAYGiven the brevity of the summer program, homestays are essential to the learning process and integration into life in Guanajuato. The opportunity to live with a Mexican family not only allows you to deconstruct stereotypes and observe authentic family life, but creates opportunities to talk about issues discussed in your courses and practice you Spanish language skills.Eligibility Overall GPA 2.75 4 semesters college-level Spanish or equivalentRecommended CreditTotal recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.Program RequirementsStudents take one elective course per session.About the CityThe CIEE Study Center 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 130,000, 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 StudyThe small and cozy CIEE study center is located in a historic building right in the heart of Guanajuato. The study center offers students a place to meet each other, consult with CIEE staff, attend classes and study. It is within a stone’s throw of Guanajuato’s famed plazas and gardens, countless restaurants, shops and cafes, and a very short walk to the central campus of the Universidad de Guanajuato.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 observe real life in action, but it creates opportunities for students to talk about issues presented in their courses, as well as practice their Spanish language skills. Students are placed with middle class families, and each homestay houses one CIEE student per term. The program fee includes a homestay with a private room, three meals per day, and weekly laundry service.AcademicsStudents take one intensive, three-credit course for the duration of the summer study abroad program. Classes typically meet daily for three hours, and often include explorations into the community as well as visits and lectures from local experts.ACADEMIC CULTUREThe program is designed for U.S. students and, for the most part, teaching and learning methods are familiar to them. While in-class teaching methods are fairly traditional, the secondary components of most courses also utilize reflection, critical thinking, and experiential learning. In most cases, course requirements include a mix of written assignments, oral presentations, field exercises, and exams, all conducted in Spanish.NATURE OF CLASSESClasses are held with CIEE study abroad students only and are quite small and dynamic, with a high student-to-staff ratio. Students are frequently asked to engage the local community or local cultural venues as part of their coursework.CIEE COMMUNITY LANGUAGE COMMITMENTAs students gain proficiency in Spanish, Resident Staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Mexican society.GRADING SYSTEMThe study abroad program is intellectually rigorous, and students should expect to be active participants in all courses. Assessment is based on both written and oral work and enthusiastic participation in the learning process.LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTIONSpanishFACULTYStudents are taught by local faculty and CIEE staff.