Guanajuato, Mexico

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Craig Jacobsen

English Department
P:  480-461-7244
F:  480-461-7644

Office: LA3 - 8


A valid passport is required to travel abroad. 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.

Program Cancelled for 2016

Based in Guanajuato, this program offers students a chance to study world cinema while attending Mexico's largest film festival, the Guanajuato International Film Festival.

Guanajuato is a small, peaceful colonial-era city with a rich history in central Mexico.  It is a university town, a center of tourism, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once one of the most important mining centers in the New World, the city's historic theaters, beautifully painted houses, plentiful cafes, and friendly residents make it an ideal setting in which to study international film.

Guanajuato Cultural Events:

  • The Guanajuato International Film Festival features films from across the globe, access to many of the filmmakers, workshops and cultural events, all FREE of charge!

Courses Offered (6 transferable credits)

REQUIRED Course Offerings

Estimated Program Costs

  • Program Fee (due 3/25/16): $583
    • Includes double occupancy lodging and medical insurance
  • Airfare is NOT included - estimated at $850
    • 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.
  • Tuition: 6 credits;  estimated at $504
    • In-state: $84 per credit hour
    • Out-of-state: $204 per credit hour
    • Registration begins in March. Tuition is due 35 days prior to course start date.
    • Registration Fee: $15
  • Meals are NOT included - estimated at $200
  • ​Ground Transportation - estimated at $30 (optional)

​ESTIMATED TOTAL (program fee, tuition, airfare and meals): $2,152

Guanajuato Program Details

  • Classes begin online, two weeks before the program travels to the festival, where students will choose from among more than 200 films from 100+ countries. The films, and the festival itself, will serve as the central objects of study for the two courses students enroll in.
  • Lodging will be at a local hotel within walking distance to most of the Guanajuato International Film Festival events.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Mexico provided by CultureGrams™.
  • No Spanish speaking skills required to participate in the program.

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

Information Sessions

Wednesdays: 5:45-6:30 pm
January 27, 2016

February 10, 2016

Location: Enrollment Center Building 39 EEC115B

Thursdays: 1:30-2:15 pm
January 28, 2016

February 11, 2016

Location: Building 36N Conference Room

All Info Sessions located at the Southern & Dobson Campus

A financial aid specialist will be available at all Thursday sessions. 

Financial Aid Workshops from 2:30-3:30 pm following Thursday Info Sessions.

Scholarship Deadline

Friday, February 19, 2016

11:59 pm MST

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

Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

Study Abroad Scholarship for Guanajuato

Program Application Deadline

Friday, March 25, 2016

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 25, 2016

Program Fee Deadline: March 25, 2016

Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 9, 2016

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.