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Dates:
07/25/2014 - 12/06/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 06/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/10/2014 - 06/07/2014 *
Deadlines:
11/01/2013
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15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Expand your Spanish skills exponentially and immerse yourself in local culture in one of Mexico’s most beloved cities: Guanajuato. Through homestays, direct enrollment at a prestigious local university, community service opportunities, and a host of cultural activities and excursions, studying abroad in Mexico offers you an exciting intercultural experience and unique insight into Mexican art, language, literature, and history.

Study abroad in Guanajuato and you'll:

  • Enroll in courses alongside Mexican students at the local university
  • Take specially designed, socially oriented CIEE courses in migration, literature of the revolution, Mexican history, and language
  • Explore the charming and vibrant colonial city of Guanajuato, with its many galleries, alleyways, and cafés—and come to know local life through a homestay
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Study alongside local and American students – exploring subjects ranging from Mexican literature, history, and art to migration, Spanish language, and revolution – through a combination of specialized CIEE electives and direct enrollment courses at the Universidad de Guanajuato.

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Excursions & Cultural Activities

Explore galleries, alleyways, and cafés on your way to sites of particular cultural and historical importance in this UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll also enjoy the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival for the Arts, and join in celebrations for Independence Day, the Day of the Dead, and the pre-Christmas posadas. In between holidays, you might even take part in family occasions such as weddings, fifteenth-birthday celebrations, and baptisms. You’ll also get out of town on a trip to Mexico City, where you’ll see pyramids at Teotihuacán, the Anthropology Museum, markets, a lucha libre Mexican-style wrestling match, and Frida Kahlo’s house.

Community Service

Give back to your host community. We’ll help you find the right volunteering opportunities in one of Guanajuato’s many local NGOs. Support MIDE-AC, a Mexican NGO committed to supporting the creation of economic infrastructure for migrant-sending communities. Want to work with children? You could volunteer to help local orphans with their homework. You might also cook and serve meals at a shelter for rural families who’ve come to the city to be with hospitalized relatives.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (19 wks)
Extended to: 06/01/2014
07/25/2014
12/06/2014
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, access to the university's unique self-access language learning center, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,898
Housing ***
$3,550
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$850
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$150
Visa Fees
$30
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (21 wks)
11/01/2013
01/10/2014
06/07/2014
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, access to the university's unique self-access language learning center, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$8,898
Housing ***
$3,550
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$850
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$150
Visa Fees
$30
Personal expenses
$1,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 06/01/2014
07/25/2014
TBA
$24,400

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, access to the university's unique self-access language learning center, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$16,898
Housing ***
$7,100
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$850
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$30
Personal expenses
$2,000

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours and 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours for the academic year.

Contact hours for CIEE courses are 45 and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted.

Contact hours for Universidad de Guanajuato courses are 45–60 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students must enroll in a minimum of five courses each semester. During the semester, students enroll in at least two CIEE courses and at least two direct enrollment courses, with the fifth course coming from either CIEE or UG, as they prefer.

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About the City

About The City

Surrounded by arid hills containing old silver mines, the colonial city of Guanajuato is about four hours north of Mexico City. The first battle of the Mexican War of Independence took place here. Today, steep cobblestone streets wind around brightly colored buildings, churches, plazas, and colonial mansions. Nestled in a wrinkled valley, Guanajuato boasts a spectacularly colorful and gravity-defying architecture. With a population of 150,000, 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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Fabiola Estrada

Program Assistant

Fabiola Estrada is a native Guanajuatense. Fabiola is the daughter of one of CIEE's best, long-active host families so she has a firsthand understanding of CIEE students and the overall program. She has over 6 years of experience of day-to-day contact with CIEE students. Fabiola is tri-lingual in English, French, and Spanish and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guanajuato in International Business. Fabiola has also participated in exchange and study programs in India, the U.S. and Italy, and has worked as a translator and coordinator for visiting artists with the International Cervantino Festival. Fabiola has a wealth of local contacts and knows absolutely everything about Guanajuato.

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Beth West

Resident Director

Beth West completed her undergraduate education at Fordham University at the Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, New York, majoring in political science. She received her M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute (formerly School for International Training) in Brattleboro, VT.

Beth brings significant and impressive experience with her, which includes work with the Fulbright program in Colombia, as Director of the Centro de Consejeria Educativa (EducationUSA Advising Center) in Colombia, and more recently as Director of Exchange Programs at the Prepa Ibero at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She also brings with her diverse experience in non-profit humanitarian aid program management, and international education.

Originally from Connecticut, Beth has spent the past five years living in Mexico City and Bogotá, Colombia. She is a devoted practitioner of Vinyasa yoga, an avid reader and traveler, a big Yankees fan, and a self- proclaimed foodie.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Founded in 1732, the Universidad de Guanajuato ranks among the top institutions of higher education in Mexico. Currently there are 21,000 students. Eight thousand of them are pursuing undergraduate degrees in 46 disciplines. With the University’s facilities scattered around Guanajuato, its intellectual and cultural energy is felt throughout the community.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

All 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 also creates opportunities for students to talk about issues presented in their courses, as well as to practice their Spanish language skills. Most importantly, host families play a major positive role in students’ lives, giving them a social identity as a family member, and offering them warmth and friendship. Students are placed with middle class families, and each homestay houses one CIEE student per semester. The program fee includes three meals per day, a private room, and weekly laundry service.

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Orientations

Orientations

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Students begin their study abroad experience in Guanajuato before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows students to connect with others in the group, reflect on what they want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

The onsite program begins with a more in-depth mandatory orientation that will help you manage the transition from home to abroad. Through diverse activities and workshops, you'll gain basic cultural knowledge about Mexico and be prepared to go into the homestay with grace and confidence. The orientation also introduces the program philosophy, pedagogy, and academic structure to position you for a successful learning experience abroad. Health and safety issues, and basic logistical questions are also addressed. During this time, students stay in a small hotel in the city. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the study abroad program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. During the semester, the Departamento de Lenguas, where CIEE-designed courses are held, offers free wireless Internet access in the common patio area, which provides a safe and comfortable place to work. Both the Departamento de Letras and the Departamento de Artes Visuales have small computer areas with Internet access and printing capacity. You must type and print work for all courses and should expect to rely on local Internet cafés for some of this access.

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Culture

Culture

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A three-day trip to Mexico City is included in the semester experience. You may also take advantage of local holidays and three-day weekends to travel to nearby colonial cities, the beach, and elsewhere in Mexico.

You’ll participate in a myriad of cultural activities during your time abroad. In the fall, Guanajuato hosts the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival for the Arts, and you can also join in Independence Day, the Day of the Dead, and the pre-Christmas posadas. In the spring, festivities include Día de la Candelaria, San Valentín (Feb. 14), and Día de las Flores. During the two-week Holy Week break, you may participate in many local traditions within the community or travel.

In between various holidays, students frequently take part in family occasions such as weddings, fifteenth- birthday celebrations, and baptisms.

Fall Cervantino Festival

For students in the fall program, the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival of the Arts takes place for three weeks each October. The Festival brings the best of international arts to Guanajuato and provides a burst of creative energy mid-semester. Different Mexican states and international countries are highlighted each year. You can expect three weeks of incredible performances and expositions of international art, music, drama, and dance.

Spring Semana Santa

In the spring, you can participate in Mexico’s extended Easter holiday traditions and are afforded a two- week period mid-semester in which you can travel to other sites.

Museums and Galleries

For a small city, Guanajuato is home to a large range of museums and galleries. You'll have the opportunity to attend gallery openings and events. The intimate and open atmosphere makes it possible to speak to local artists and to get to know the creative culture of the city.

Community Service

While no formal internship or credit-bearing service opportunities are offered, you are encouraged to volunteer with one of Guanajuato’s many local NGOs. On-site staff will help you seek out these opportunities and make the necessary contacts to pursue volunteer opportunities that will allow you to further immerse yourself in, and give back to, the local community.

Language

You'll take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Mexican society.

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Academics

Academics

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

All courses are taught by CIEE and Universidad de Guanajuato faculty.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

CIEE Elective Courses

All students must enroll in at least two of the following courses.

HIST 3001 GULA

Mexican History: Politics, Society, and the Construction of a Nation
Mexico’s current social problems are profoundly rooted in history. To understand the contemporary scene, one must consider the historical processes that have led up to the present. This course examines Mexican history from before the Conquest to the present. It begins with an overview of Mesoamerican culture and then discusses the political, social, and ideological impact of the Conquest. The colonial period is studied in terms of its society and institutions, emphasizing the development of ideas that led to the Independence. The bulk of the course, however focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries and the efforts of the Mexican State to create a national identity in the face of the Revolution, civil unrest in the 1960s, and more contemporary economic, political, and social crises. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3002 GULA

Reading and Writing Revolution: Themes of Revolution and Resistance in Contemporary Mexican Literature
Students examine the theme of revolution in the contemporary literary imagination. Students read from different genres and different moments in the past century, spanning the Mexican revolution and social revolutions as they impact gender and youth, zapatismo, and other areas. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SOCI 3001 GULA/POLI 3001 GULA

Migration, Politics, and Contemporary Social Issues in Mexico
Guanajuato is currently one of the Mexican states that sends the most migrants to the U.S. This course looks at migration from social, political, and economic angles, focusing on the experience of this phenomenon on this side of the border. The course provides a missing piece to the study of migration and provides students a broadly contextualized understanding of the historical roots and contemporary realities of migration in Mexico. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3007 GULA/SPAN 3008 GULA

Advanced Spanish for the Professions I and II
This course, offered at two levels, emphasizes the applied areas of Spanish in the professional realm. Grammar, conversation, and composition revolve around key thematic units designed to help students become articulate about current issues. Students acquire key professional vocabularies in a range of professional and academic areas, and further their abilities to discuss contemporary issues at the level of well educated, native speakers as they continue to refine grammar and writing skills. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Universidad de Guanajuato Courses

All course selections are made in consultation with the CIEE resident director. Not all direct enrollment courses are available every semester. The reality of the academic system in Mexico is such that course listings and course availability are not determined until immediately prior to the start of university classes in a given semester. The final list of courses is available onsite when students arrive.

All students must enroll in at least two direct enrollment courses. The following list is a representative sampling of courses available at the Departments of Art, Literature, and History at the UG.

Art History
Artistic Development – 12th to 17th Century
Artistic Development – 18th to 19th Century
Artistic Development – 20th Century until World War II
Artistic Development – Contemporary
Artistic Development – Prehispanic Mexico
Artistic Development – Prehistory to Romantic

Art Theory and Critique
Aesthetics I-II
Art, Body, Technology
Communication and Art Theory
Critique and Evaluation of Artistic Work
Visual Studies

History
Cultural Patrimony
General Mexican History I–II
Greek I–II
History of Mexican Society I-V (Mesoamerica through 20th Century)
History of Scientific and Philosophical Thought
Latin I–II
Mexican Historiography I–II
Regional History (Centro-Norte of Mexico) I–IV

Literature
Contemporary Latin American Literature
Contemporary Mexican Literature
Critical Literary Theory
European and Spanish Literature
Formalism and Structuralism
General Semiotics
Latin American Literature of the 19th Century
Literary Genres
Literary Semiotics
Mexican Literature—19th Century
Post-Structuralism
Spanish Literature—18th to 19th Century
Spanish Literature—Siglo de Oro

Spanish Language and Linguistics
History of the Spanish Language
Linguistics I-II
Morphology of Spanish
Phonetics of Spanish
Semantics
Spanish Syntax I-II

Studio Art
Digital Photography
Drawing I-IV
Installation Projects
Mixed Techniques and Experimentation Workshop I-II
Painting I-V
Photography I-V
Printmaking I-V
Sculpture I-V
Video Projects
Watercolor Painting
Workshop on Color and Composition

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