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Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3 semester / 4.5 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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Eligibility:
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Courses:
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Program Overview

Program Overview

This summer, throw yourself into a language and culture learning experience that allows you to immerse yourself in Spanish while experiencing the charming World Heritage city of Guanajuato.

The Summer Language and Culture program is designed to help students expand their knowledge and understanding of Mexico and gain confidence in their Spanish language skills. By the end of the program, you’ll have acquired a passion for continued learning and for Mexico.

Study abroad in Guanajuato and you will:

  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and colorful community of Guanajuato while living with a local family
  • Explore the local community through visits to museums and nearby sites of historical and cultural interest
  • Visit the urban and cultural capital of Mexico during an overnight study trip to Mexico City
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Spend an intercultural weekend in a second exciting locale!*

Coursework

Students may choose from Spanish language classes, as well as courses where you will learn about Mexico’s rich culture covering Mexican Cinema, Literature, Art, Politics, and History. The courses and language training provide a background for the day-to-day experience on excursions to museums, day trips to surrounding areas, and interactions with host families.

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Excursions

Each session includes an overnight trip to Mexico City or other nearby city of cultural and historical relevance, as well as numerous local cultural activities such as a traditional temazcal steam bath experience, a day trip to Querétaro, and a city tour.

Homestay

Given the brevity of the summer program, homestays are essential to the learning process and integration into life in Guanajuato. The opportunity to live with a Mexican family not only allows you to deconstruct stereotypes and observe authentic family life, but creates opportunities to talk about issues discussed in your courses and practice your Spanish language skills.

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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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End Date
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Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,350

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,187
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$113

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 *
$800
Local Transportation
$60
Books & Supplies
$60
Personal expenses
$400

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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Summer 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,350

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,187
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$113

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 *
$800
Local Transportation
$60
Books & Supplies
$60
Personal expenses
$400

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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Summer 2015 Session III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,350

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,187
Housing ***
$750
Insurance
$113

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 *
$800
Local Transportation
$60
Books & Supplies
$60
Personal expenses
$400

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

More Information
Summer 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,030

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,117
Housing ***
$1,500
Insurance
$113

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 *
$800
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$120
Personal expenses
$800

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

More Information
Summer 2015 Session II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,030

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,117
Housing ***
$1,500
Insurance
$113

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 *
$800
Local Transportation
$120
Books & Supplies
$120
Personal expenses
$800

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

More Information
Summer 2015 Session I, II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$8,710

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, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,047
Housing ***
$2,250
Insurance
$113

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 *
$800
Local Transportation
$180
Books & Supplies
$180
Personal expenses
$1,200

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 college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one elective course per session.

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About the City

About The City

The CIEE Study Center is located in the colonial city of Guanajuato, about four hours north of Mexico City. Nestled in a wrinkled valley, Guanajuato boasts a spectacularly colorful and gravity-defying architecture. With a population of 130,000, 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

CIEE Study Center in Guanajuato

The small and cozy CIEE study center is located in a historic building right in the heart of Guanajuato. The study center offers students a place to meet each other, consult with CIEE staff, attend classes and study. It is within a stone’s throw of Guanajuato’s famed plazas and gardens, countless restaurants, shops and cafes, and a very short walk to the central campus of the Universidad de Guanajuato.

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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 creates opportunities for students to talk about issues presented in their courses, as well as practice their Spanish language skills. Students are placed with middle class families, and each homestay houses one CIEE student per term. The program fee includes a homestay with a private room, three meals per day, and weekly laundry service.

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Orientations

Orientations

A brief, but intense, mandatory orientation will help you integrate into Mexican culture and make the most of your short time abroad. You will prepare for the move into your homestay, review academic, logistical, health, and safety information, and construct some basic cultural knowledge with which to begin the program. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Also, work and printing can be done at local Internet cafés. You must type and print work for all courses and should expect to rely on the cafés for some or all of this access.

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Academics

Academics

Students take one intensive, three-credit course in each 4-week session. Classes typically meet daily for three hours, and often include explorations into the community as well as visits and lectures from local experts.

Academic Culture

The program is designed for U.S. students and, for the most part, teaching and learning methods are familiar to them. While in-class teaching methods are fairly traditional, the secondary components of most courses also utilize reflection, critical thinking, and experiential learning. In most cases, course requirements include a mix of written assignments, oral presentations, field exercises, and exams, all conducted in Spanish.

Nature of Classes

Classes are held with CIEE study abroad students only and are quite small and dynamic, with a high student-to-staff ratio. Students are frequently asked to engage the local community or local cultural venues as part of their coursework.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, Resident Staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Mexican society.

Grading System

The study abroad program is intellectually rigorous, and students should expect to be active participants in all courses. Assessment is based on both written and oral work and enthusiastic participation in the learning process.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

Students are taught by local faculty and CIEE staff.

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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.

Session I

Migration, Contemporary Politics, and Social Issues
Guanajuato is consistently one of the states in Mexico that sends the most migrants to the US. This course examines migration from the Mexican side, providing students with critical perspectives on the political and social dynamics of immigration, and the causes and effects of staying, leaving, and coming back. The course details the history of Mexican migration and focuses on the contemporary realities of immigration at the national, community, and individual level. The course will address timely issues and provide a missing piece to the study of migration by providing students with an understanding of how Mexico and Mexicans experience the phenomenon of migration. Students will explore these issues through interdisciplinary readings and perspectives, films, and through partaking in several excursions to local communities of origin strongly affected by migration.

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Community-based Intermediate Spanish
In this unique course for intermediate-level students, participants will work through an ample revision of grammar as they draft and analyze a range of short texts and deliver oral presentations in class. Students will work on improving fluency and writing style and develop a greater breadth of communicative ability. The traditional grammatical elements are reinforced through a variety of discussions and activities that ask the student to read local texts, explore local sites, and speak with diverse local residents.

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Community-based Advanced Spanish
In this unique course for advanced-level students, participants will work through an ample revision of grammar as they draft and analyze a range of short texts and deliver oral presentations in class. Students will work on improving fluency and writing style and develop a greater breadth of communicative ability. The traditional grammatical elements are reinforced through a variety of discussions and activities that ask the student to read local texts, explore local sites, and speak with diverse local residents.

Session II

Topics in Mexican Literature: Narcoliterature
Narco Literature is a serious emerging genre of contemporary literature in Mexico. The Narcoliteratura movement fictionalizes the “war” waged by the Mexican government against illegal drug trafficking, highlighting important social, political and economic dynamics that have played a major role in contemporary Mexico, and perceptions of the country abroad. In this intensive 3-week summer course, students will explore this literary space in which this facet of Mexican reality is reflected, criticized and objectively explored, beyond the media headlines that define perspectives on, as well as political and social responses to, narcotrafficking.

SPAN 2201 GUWI

Community-based Intermediate Spanish
In this unique course for intermediate-level students, participants will work through an ample revision of grammar as they draft and analyze a range of short texts and deliver oral presentations in class. Students will work on improving fluency and writing style and develop a greater breadth of communicative ability. The traditional grammatical elements are reinforced through a variety of discussions and activities that ask the student to read local texts, explore local sites, and speak with diverse local residents.

SPAN 3201 GUWI

Community-based Advanced Spanish
In this unique course for advanced-level students, participants will work through an ample revision of grammar as they draft and analyze a range of short texts and deliver oral presentations in class. Students will work on improving fluency and writing style and develop a greater breadth of communicative ability. The traditional grammatical elements are reinforced through a variety of discussions and activities that ask the student to read local texts, explore local sites, and speak with diverse local residents.

Session III

Mexican Popular Art in Practice
Mexico is a kaleidoscope of traditions and culture, and Mexican Popular Art is the manifestation of this culture in the form of unique, unrepeatable objects, conceived as a way to satisfy the everyday needs of ordinary people. Clay pots, mortars, huipiles and sarapes are the distinctive features of the towns that today are appreciated as “art object”. Analysis of these objects can also help us know more about the artisan and the population where they were made. To practice Popular Mexican Art is another way to know Mexico and its culture. It is to get close to and bond with the native population and their vision of the world. In this innovative intensive 3-week course, students will develop a deeper knowledge of Mexico and its folklore, through classroom-based and experiential study the subject combined with visits to artisan workshops where they can experience and examine first-hand the production, and meaning, of Mexican handicrafts and popular art.

SPAN 2201 GUWI

Community-based Intermediate Spanish
In this unique course for intermediate-level students, participants will work through an ample revision of grammar as they draft and analyze a range of short texts and deliver oral presentations in class. Students will work on improving fluency and writing style and develop a greater breadth of communicative ability. The traditional grammatical elements are reinforced through a variety of discussions and activities that ask the student to read local texts, explore local sites, and speak with diverse local residents.

SPAN 3201 GUWI

Community-based Advanced Spanish
In this unique course for advanced-level students, participants will work through an ample revision of grammar as they draft and analyze a range of short texts and deliver oral presentations in class. Students will work on improving fluency and writing style and develop a greater breadth of communicative ability. The traditional grammatical elements are reinforced through a variety of discussions and activities that ask the student to read local texts, explore local sites, and speak with diverse local residents.

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