Guanajuato, Mexico

Guanajuato, Mexico

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Jaime H. Herrera

English Department
P:  480-461-7484
F:  480-461-7644

Office: LA3 - 1
jaime.herrera@mesacc.edu

 

A valid passport book or card is required to enter or re-enter the United States - Passport Info Here

Program Location

Guanajuato is located in the geographic center of Mexico, about three and half-hours northwest of Mexico City, and its capital city is one of Mexico's most famous tourist spots. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and city planners must abide by strict rules when building and refurbishing buildings in order to maintain their colonial integrity.

The city is situated in the Veeder Mountains at over 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) above sea level and the buildings, scattered on the side of the mountains, surround the city center. Guanajuato's many colorful buildings include historical buildings such as the Alhóndiga de Granaditas; several haciendas-ranches, including the Ex Hacienda de la Barrera; and houses preserved as museums, such as the Diego Rivera Museum, where the famous Mexican artist once lived.

May 31-June 25, 2014

Based in Guanajuato, the capital city of the state of Guanajuato and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this program offers students a culturally enriching experience in Mexico while they earn college credits. Guanajuato is a Mexican colonial gem: a city of incredible charm whose residents are known for their graciousness and hospitality.  There are dozens of plazas and plazuelas which lend the city a distinctive European flavor unlike, perhaps, any other Mexican city.  Exploring the city on foot offers something new to discover at each turn of a corner.  Students learn, live, and travel while immersed in the vibrant culture of Mexico.  Coursework, workshops, excursions, and service-learning experiences enhance cultural understanding and provide a variety of opportunities to practice the Spanish language.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fee: $2,330 (due 3/21/14)
    • Includes academic facilities at the University of Guanajuato, cultural excursions, homestay with local family, local ground transportation, and travel insurance.
  • Tuition: 4-7 credits;  estimated at $324-$567
    • In-state: $81 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $201 per credit hour
    • Registration begins 3rd Monday in March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fees: $15
  • Airfare is NOT included - estimated at $650
  • Meals are included as part of the homestay except during excursions.
    • Estimated meal expense: $100
  • Textbooks: None required
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Guanajuato Cultural Excursions

Educational goals are enhanced by including activities such as visits to art galleries, museums, cemeteries, silver mines, haciendas, pyramids, volcanoes and other archeological, cultural, and historical sites including:

*UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Guanajuato Program Details

  • Homestay:  Through a homestay experience, students benefit from the invaluable cultural experience of living with a Mexican family, allowing for immediate and Spanish language immersion where they do not simply learn about the culture, but live it!  
  • Workshops:  Educational workshops offered for program participants incorporate significant components of Mexican culture, including language, art, history, cuisine, and the educational system.  These workshops increase cultural awareness and understanding while complementing their coursework and immersion experience.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Mexico provided by CultureGrams™.

Courses Offered (4-7 transferable credit program)

REQUIRED Course Offering

  • EDU282AA  18216 Service-Learning Experience in Education (1 cr)
    • The service-learning component enables participants to become familiar with the Mexican educational system, gain experience working with Spanish-speaking students in a classroom setting, and identify teaching and learning strategies that create positive learning environments for diverse student populations.  
    • Instructor: Dr. Nora Reyes

OPTIONAL Course Offerings in Mexico (must choose 1 or 2 courses listed below)

Elective ONLINE Options in Conjunction with either ASB223 or HIS145 for a total of 7 credits:

  • SPA115: Beginning Spanish Conversation I (3 cr)
  • EDU230: Cultural Diversity in Education (3 cr) [C] 

Dates to Remember

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Information Sessions

Wednesdays - 6 - 6:45 pm
Sept. 11 &  25, 2013
Oct. 9 & 23, 2013
Nov. 6, 2013
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2014

Thursdays - 1:30- 2:15 pm

Sept. 12 &  26, 2013
Oct. 10 & 24, 2013
Nov.  7, 2013
January 30 & Feb. 13, 2014

Southern & Dobson Campus

International Student Lounge

NU6 Building.

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions!

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Scholarship Deadline

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Get information on scholarships, grants, and financial aid for study abroad here.

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 21, 2014

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early to reserve your place!  Complete the application. This pdf file can be completed on your computer and then saved and printed.

Submit directly to the Study Abroad Coordinator in Building NU6 at the Southern & Dobson Campus.

Program Fee Payment Deadline

March 21, 2014

For scholarship & financial aid opportunities as well as payment guidelines, download the helpful guide: How to Pay for Study Abroad

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 12, 2014

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation. There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.