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CWU/CCIS Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico - Summer Programs

" The program was an awesome experience and I wish it had lasted longer than a month "

~Carrie Donaldson, Universdad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco and is Mexico's 2nd largest city with a population of five million. Founded in 1542, Guadalajara has a colorful history and can count the creation of el jarabe tapatio (the Mexican hat dance), sombreros, mariachis and tequila among its more famous accomplishments. Located two hours from Mexico City, Guadalajara has many of the attractions of its larger neighbor, with fewer drawbacks. Guadalajara has numerous museums and cathedrals of interest, and appeals to an increasing number of tourists. The city is modern while maintaining its historical feeling.

University Profile: Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara

The Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) was founded over 60 years ago as Mexico's first private institution. UAG has six campuses in and around Guadalajara and currently enrolls 17,000 students. Program participants take their classes on the main campus. The campus is located on the outskirts of the city in a park-like setting, and provides a peaceful and attractive learning environment. There is easy access to public transportation throughout Guadalajara, allowing students to enjoy the wonderful colonial architecture and social life of one of Mexico's oldest cities.

Offering over 50 degree programs in its three major schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Health Sciences, UAG is known for its excellent faculty and successful graduates. Along with domestic students, Study Abroad students can join the North American Students Association, which promotes intercultural understanding through its activities. In addition, field trips are offered each month for a small cost. The opportunities available to students at UAG make it an excellent choice for individuals interested in improving their language skills and understanding of Mexican culture.

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Academic Departments

  Anthropology  Art/Art History  Business/Admin.  Cultural Studies
  History  Literature  Spanish Language

Classes Offered

This flexible program offers four-week sessions throughout the summer, and accommodates students with no language background through advanced speakers. Students can enroll in one or multiple language sessions as desired. Students can also choose to supplement their four-week sessions with additional courses in Spanish & Culture and Medical Spanish. These classes and the four week cycles are described below.

Four week language cycles: The four week language classes are taught by faculty at the Centro Internacional de Idiomas (CII) at UAG. The CII offers eight levels of Spanish language to accommodate students of all levels. Classes are held for four hours each day (two hours of grammar, two hours of conversation), for a total of 80 hours of instruction during the cycle.

Class registration is based on the results of a placement test given upon arrival, therefore specific registration information is not available prior to departure. Each level is offered with a minimum enrollment of 2 students and a maximum of 15.

For language class syllabi, click the appropriate link(s) below:

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Spanish and Culture Program: During the June � July session only, students may elect to take a three quarter credit literature course in Spanish, or one of six other courses (taught in English) on Mexican culture. These classes are in addition to the regularly offered Spanish classes described above. For a list of the Spanish and Culture classes offered, please click here.

Medical Spanish: The Medical Spanish program is available to CCIS students during the June-July and July-August sessions. In the medical Spanish program, both students and health professionals at all levels of Spanish can take the four-week language cycles as described above, but with the conversation component focusing on medical vocabulary and situations. Open to all students, regardless of experience. Offered with a minimum enrollment of five and a maximum of thirty. Six quarter credits are granted for each four week Medical Spanish session. Sessions fill fast - apply early!

Credits: Students enrolled in levels I - VIII receive Foreign Studies (FNST) credit, which is recorded on an official CWU transcript. Each 4 week session is worth 6 quarter credits/4 semester credits. Transcripts may take up to three months to arrive.

***Please note that CWU is on a quarter system and issues quarter credits. Students from semester schools should check with their home universities to determine how credit will transfer. A good rule of thumb is that three quarter credits generally equal two semester credits.***

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Students may stay with a host family or arrange their own housing. The homestays offered by UAG are much like a boarding arrangement: students live in a Mexican home, but often live fairly independently of the family. Accommodations are most often provided by senoras (sometimes single women, or women with grown children at home), who may host up to 4 foreign students at one time. Three meals per day are provided. Double rooms cost $350.00 per month, including meals. Single occupancy homestays are available for $400.00 per month, including meals. Homestays are arranged by UAG.

Students who would like to make their own housing arrangements may choose to sign up for a homestay for their first month only while they find an apartment. Students wishing to do this should indicate their preference clearly on the homestay form when applying; students who do not make this clear are expected to stay in the homestay for the duration of the program

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Program Dates & Application Deadlines

  • Summer Session: (May 17, 2007 - June 16, 2007)
    • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Summer Session: (June 14, 2007 - July 14, 2007)
    • Application Deadline: March 15
  • Summer Session: (July 12, 2007 - August 11, 2007)
    • Application Deadline: April 15
  • Summer Session: (August 16, 2007 - September 15, 2007)
    • Application Deadline: May 15

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Program Costs

Program Fees:

  • The program fee for the CWU/CCIS program in Guadalajara, Mexico is $850

Program fees include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • On-site and U.S. based staff support
  • Insurance
  • Credit transfer assistance
  • CWU and CCIS administrative fees

Sample Program Budget

  DescriptionFour week session 2007Each additional four week session 2007Spanish and Culture Program 2007
  Program Fee$850$710$1025
  Application Fee$50$50$50
  Concurrent Enrollment FeeN/AN/AN/A
  Additional Sponsor FeeN/AN/AN/A
  Room and/or Board$350$350$350
  Local Transportation$75$75$75

See our What Does It Cost page for more information on fees & deposits you may be responsible for.

Financial Aid

Most forms of financial aid and scholarships apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should consult with a financial aid counselor at their home campus for specific information about awards and eligibility. For more information, please refer to the Study Abroad 101 Booklet, also available in the Study Abroad & Exchange Programs office. You can also visit our What Does it Cost web page.

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  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
  • Other Info: No previous knowledge of Spanish is required, but some prior study is recommended.

In addition to academic strength, acceptance is also based upon maturity, personal commitment, and suitability for study abroad. Students must be in good academic standing and have no current disciplinary record with their home institution. "Current disciplinary record" is defined as an infraction within the last 12 months. This will be verified prior to program participation. A personal interview may be required.

How to Apply

Before you begin your application, we highly recommend that you see a study abroad advisor to ensure that you have all the information you need about program logistics and eligibility. CWU students can call 963-3612 or drop by the International Center, Room 101 (across from L&L), to schedule an appointment.

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Students at CCIS member institutions should apply through their home campus study abroad advisors.

More Information

Prices and dates are subject to change without notice. Contact Study Abroad & Exchange Programs for more information.

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