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Study Abroad in Guanajuato
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Adventure and new experiences await you in Guanajuato, a spectacularly colorful city of 130,000 people nestled in a wrinkled valley of Central Mexico. Live with a local family. Visit traditional artisan workshops and experience first-hand the production of Mexican handicrafts. Explore a UNESCO World Heritage site. Through these experiences and more, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the richness of culture and develop an appreciation and passion for Mexico.

Study abroad in Guanajuato and you will:

  • Analyze clay pots, mortars, huipiles and sarapes and speak with the artisans making them
  • Visit museums and nearby sites of historical and cultural interest
  • Go on an overnight trip to the Mexican capital
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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 $5 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:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

The program includes an overnight trip to Mexico City as well as numerous local cultural activities, such as a traditional temazcal steam bath experience, several day trips to artisan communities, and a local city tour.

Volunteering

Give back to your community, and get to know it at the same time. You could help serve meals at a local shelter for people with family members in a Guanajuato hospital, share your time and practice your language skills with regular visits to a local nursing home, volunteer with the local English Language Library on conversation clubs and bilingual literacy initiatives or contribute to CIEE Guanajuato’s legacy project by getting your hands dirty in our CIEE Community Garden.

Coursework

All students will take Mexican Popular Art in Practice (in English). Classroom-based and experiential study is combined with visits to artisan workshops where you will experience and examine first-hand the production, and meaning, of Mexican handicrafts and popular art.

Homestay

Given the brevity of the January 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 practice or develop 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.

  • 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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January 2017 (3 wks)
11/15/2016
01/02/2017
01/20/2017

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 $500 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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January 2018 (3 wks)
11/15/2017
01/02/2018
01/20/2018

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

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.

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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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the winter session is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Contact hours include 45 hours of in-class instruction

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students take Mexican Popular Art in Practice in English.

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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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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 international program development and management experience with her, which includes work with the Fulbright program in Colombia, as Director of the Centro de Consejería Educativa (Education USA Advising Center) in Colombia, and more recently as founding Director of Exchange Programs at the Prepa Ibero at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She also brings with her diverse experience in nonprofit humanitarian aid program management, community development and creative partnerships linking volunteerism and international education within Latin and South America.

Originally from Connecticut, Beth has lived and worked in abroad since 2008.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Study Center in Guanajuato

The CIEE Mexico Study Center, founded in 2002, is committed to its organizational mission:

Provide a high quality academic program in Mexico, which includes a challenging curriculum, meaningful opportunities for interaction with the host community, and formal, ongoing facilitation to ensure the success of the participant’s sojourn overseas.

At the Mexico Study Center, we hope that students will become lifelong learners of Mexican language and culture- students who will engage a range of local people and experiences in the construction of knowledge about Mexico and about themselves.

We ask students to engage fully with the learning process, with their experiences abroad, and with the Mexicans they come to know. Knowing that today’s students are tomorrow’s world leaders, the program conceives of all of this learning in terms of skills and attitudes that will be applied back home and beyond the session abroad. At the highest level, it hopes to send students out further into the world with a critical consciousness about how to live with cultural others based on knowledge, empathy, respect and tolerance, and a sense that they can make a difference.

Specific Learning Goals

After participating in this program, students will be able to:

  • Study various historical and contemporary artistic movements related to Popular Art in Mexico
  • Become familiar with and be able to identify the types of handicrafts produced in different geographic regions of the country
  • Students will visit and also participate in the making of various Mexican Popular Art handicrafts alongside local artisans.
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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 also creates opportunities for students to practice or develop Spanish-language skills. Students are placed with middle-class families. Each homestay houses one CIEE student. 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 information on academics, logistics, health, and safety, 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. . Work and printing can be done at local Internet cafés, homestays, and the CIEE Study Center You must type and print work for all courses and should expect to rely on the cafés for some or all of this access. Printing and Photocopy services are also available at the CIEE Guanajuato Study Center.

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Academics

Academics

Students take one intensive, three-credit course for the duration of the study abroad program. Class meets daily for three to four hours, including daily explorations into the community and weekly excursions to artisan workshops.

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 the course also utilize reflection, critical thinking, and experiential learning. Each class has no more than 12 students.

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.

Grading System

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

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

Students are taught by local faculty and CIEE staff.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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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 Study Center Syllabi

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

AHIS 2001 GUST (ENG)
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.

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