Guanajuato, Mexico

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Jaime H. Herrera

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

Office: LA3 - 1


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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 27, 2015

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. The trip itself becomes the lab for the work done in the classroom.

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 a service-learning component contribute to an invaluable cultural experience!

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fee (due 3/27/15): $2,053 
    • Includes academic facilities at the University of Guanajuato, cultural excursions, homestay with local family, most local ground transportation, and medical insurance.
  • Tuition: 6 credits;  estimated at $504
    • In-state: $84 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $204 per credit hour
    • Registration begins in March. Tuition due date will be listed in SIS.
  • Registration Fee: $15
  • Airfare is NOT included - estimated at $650
    • Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.
  • Meals are included as part of the homestay except during excursions.
    • Estimated meal expense: $100
  • ​Ground Transportation: Estimated at $25

​ESTIMATED TOTAL (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals): $3,347

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:

*including some 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 (6 transferable credits)

REQUIRED Course Offerings

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 6 - 6:45 pm
Jan. 28 & Feb. 11, 2015

Thursdays: 1:30 - 2:15 pm
Jan. 29 & Feb. 12, 2015

Southern & Dobson Campus

International Student Lounge

NU6 Building.

Financial aid specialist available at all Thursday sessions!


Scholarship Deadline

Friday, February 27, 2015

11:59 pm MST

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

Study Abroad Scholarship for Guanajuato

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 27, 2015

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

Complete online application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadlines

March 27, 2015

Program Fee Deadline: March 27, 2015

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 11, 2015

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.