This program appeals to students who want to build a strong foundation in Spanish, work on community service projects, and learn about Mexican culture. Choose from beginning, intermediate, or advanced Spanish language courses. May and summer sessions can be combined, allowing you to complete up to four semesters of Spanish language in 12 weeks. A four-week medical Spanish program is also available.
- Program type:
Take classes at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in this study abroad center program. Classes are limited to five students and provide instruction in Spanish.
- Winter break
- Spring semester
- Summer sessions
- 2.5 GPA.
- Certain courses have language prerequisites.
- 1 course per three-week term for a total of 4–5 credits.
You will be placed in small language classes of two to five students each, taught by native Spanish speakers. Cemanahuac Educational Community contains classroom facilities and a small library. Craft studios, gardens, and a swimming pool are also available. The facility is one block from bus routes providing transportation to all parts of the city.
About This Program
Known as the "City of Eternal Spring," Cuernavaca's gorgeous climate, ancient ruins, and colonial architecture make it the perfect location to discover the language, culture, and warmth of Mexico. Originally a retreat for Aztec royalty, then the site where Cortés built his palace, the Cuernavaca of today is a cosmopolitan city and the fastest growing capital in the state of Morelos, with a population of about 500,000.
Courses are held at Cemanahuac Educational Community, an international language institute housed in a villa in the elegant Las Palmas section of the city. Living with a Mexican family offers further language practice and immersion in Mexican culture. Culture courses include field trips to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and other archaeological sites. A service-learning course offers you the opportunity to learn about social issues in Mexico through service with community organizations.
Cemanahuac arranges for students to live with Mexican host families for the duration of the program. The majority of families live within walking distance or a short bus ride of Cemanahuac, making it easy for you to get to and from classes. Living with a host family means more than just having accommodations and meals; it provides you with a unique opportunity to experience Mexican culture and daily life firsthand.
A one-day excursion to the pyramids of Teotihuacan is included in the cost of the program.
How To Apply
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