Guanajuato, Mexico

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 15 – Jun 9, 2018 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 31, 2017 – Jun 9, 2018 (45 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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This authentic city provides a rich and colorful home base for you to dig into Mexican culture, history, and language. Boost your speaking and reading skills, and learn about migration, literature, revolution, and more with special socially-oriented CIEE classes. You’ll also get a feel for life as a Mexican student, by taking courses taught in Spanish at University of Guanajuato. Family-style living and the chance to participate in local traditions make it an experience to savor.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore

    a charming, vibrant colonial city, where cobbled streets and alleys lead to new treasures.

  • Live with a Mexican family

    and soak up the language and colorful traditions as you live like a Guanajuato resident.

  • See the best

    of international arts from drama to music, during the three-week Cervantino Festival (fall), or celebrate Easter with the city and take time to travel (spring).

Location & Culture

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Surrounded by arid hills riddled with old silver mines, the colonial city of Guanajuato is about four hours north of Mexico City. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Guanajuato is characterized by steep cobblestone streets and underground passageways that wind around spectacularly colorful and gravity-defying architecture. With a population of 150,000, this is a conservative, provincial city, made intellectually rich and more diverse as the home of Universidad de Guanajuato.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore galleries, alleyways, and cafés along the way to this UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experience the internationally renowned Cervantino Festival for the Arts in fall, or extended Easter traditions in spring.
  • Join in celebrations for Independence Day, Day of the Dead, and pre-Christmas posadas, and maybe a wedding, quinceañera (15th-birthday celebration for Mexican girls), or baptism.
  • Broaden your views with a visit to Mexico City that includes visits to the pyramids at Teotihuacán, the Anthropology Museum, markets, a Mexican-style wrestling match, and Frida Kahlo’s house.
  • Get close to culture with gallery openings and museum events where it’s easy to talk with the artists and speakers.  

PROJECTS

Volunteering. Share your time and spirit with a local NGO that supports migrant-sending communities, orphaned children, or rural families staying with hospitalized relatives. Our staff will help you find a great fit.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays: Live with a Spanish-speaking family and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. As the family’s only visiting student, you’ll be treated like a member of the family. Each student has a private room and weekly laundry service.

  • MEALS

    Host families provide three meals a day.

Guanajuato, Mexico

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Guanajuato

    Guanajuato

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    UNIVERSIDAD DE GUANAJUATO

    Guanajuato

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What you need to know

The program details

Join Mexican, American and other international students exploring subjects ranging from Mexican literature, history and art, to migration, Spanish language, and revolution with specialized CIEE electives and direct-enrollment courses at the Universidad de Guanajuato.

Universidad de Guanajuato (UG). Founded in 1732, UG is one of Mexico’s top institutions of higher education. The university welcomes 30,000 students, 8,000 of them undergrads studying in 46 disciplines. Facilities are located all over the city, spreading intellectual and cultural energy throughout.

Students agree to speak only Spanish during the program, to encourage language acquisition and cultural immersion.

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

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE classes are open only to CIEE students. University courses may include Mexican and other international students.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are rigorous, but professors are inviting. Students are encouraged and required to be intellectually curious and contribute.

  • SCHEDULE

    Fall: Late July to early December. Spring: Mid-January to early June. Academic year: Late July to early June.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, year: 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45; credit – 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise noted.

Students enroll in at least five classes per semester:

  • 2 or more CIEE courses
  • 2 or more direct-enrollment courses at University of Guanajuato
  • 1 additional CIEE or UG course

Spring 2018 Courses

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

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

CIEE COURSES

  • HIST 3001 GULA: Mexican History: Politics, Society and the Construction of a Nation
  • SPAN 3007 GULA: Advanced Spanish for Professions I
  • SPAN 3008 GULA: Advanced Spanish for the Professions II 

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

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Orientation – an introduction to Mexican culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Program

Spring 2018 21 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 45 weeks

Application Due

Start Date

Jan 15, 2018 Jul 31, 2017

End Date

Jun 9, 2018 Jun 9, 2018

Fees & Housing

$9,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $5,763 **

Housing = $3,620 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $9,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $575

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $150

Visa Fees = $30

Personal expenses = $1,000

Total Estimated Costs = $1,905

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

$26,300
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $18,593 **

Housing = $7,240 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $26,300

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $575

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $30

Personal expenses = $2,000

Expenses during break = $1,500 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,705

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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