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  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 1 - First-year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Subject Areas: Spanish
Housing Options: Homestay Language Prerequisite: None
Language Courses Offered: Spanish Community Engagement: Yes
Program Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Program Description:

Study Abroad in Mexico

Improve your Spanish by living with a host family and taking classes taught by attentive instructors. Explore the Palacio de Cortes and the murals of Diego Rivera, climb the enormous pyramids of Teotihuacan, and bask in the ever-temperate climate of the “City of Eternal Spring.”


This program appeals to students who want to build a strong foundation in Spanish, work on community service projects, and learn about Mexican culture. Choose from beginning, intermediate, or advanced Spanish language courses. May and summer sessions can be combined, allowing you to complete up to four semesters of Spanish language in 12 weeks. A four-week medical Spanish program is also available.

  • Program type:
    Take classes at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in this study abroad center program. Classes are limited to five students and provide instruction in Spanish. 
  • Level:
    1,000–3,000-level courses.
  • Term:
    • Winter break
    • Spring semester
    • Summer sessions
  • Prerequisites:
    • 2.5 GPA.
    • Certain courses have language prerequisites.
  • Courseload:
    • 1 course per three-week term for a total of 4–5 credits. 


You will be placed in small language classes of two to five students each, taught by native Spanish speakers. Cemanahuac Educational Community contains classroom facilities and a small library. Craft studios, gardens, and a swimming pool are also available. The facility is one block from bus routes providing transportation to all parts of the city.

About This Program

Known as the "City of Eternal Spring," Cuernavaca's gorgeous climate, ancient ruins, and colonial architecture make it the perfect location to discover the language, culture, and warmth of Mexico. Originally a retreat for Aztec royalty, then the site where Cortés built his palace, the Cuernavaca of today is a cosmopolitan city and the fastest growing capital in the state of Morelos, with a population of about 500,000.

Courses are held at Cemanahuac Educational Community, an international language institute housed in a villa in the elegant Las Palmas section of the city. Living with a Mexican family offers further language practice and immersion in Mexican culture. Culture courses include field trips to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and other archaeological sites. A service-learning course offers you the opportunity to learn about social issues in Mexico through service with community organizations.

Three photos from previous trips

Cemanahuac arranges for students to live with Mexican host families for the duration of the program. The majority of families live within walking distance or a short bus ride of Cemanahuac, making it easy for you to get to and from classes. Living with a host family means more than just having accommodations and meals; it provides you with a unique opportunity to experience Mexican culture and daily life firsthand.

A one-day excursion to the pyramids of Teotihuacan is included in the cost of the program.

How To Apply

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About the Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

Application Process for University of St. Thomas Students
This is a co-sponsored program, offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate on this program you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
Application Process
  1. Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at
  2. Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
    1. any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
    2. the course approval process
    3. how to apply to a co-sponsored program
  3. Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
  4. Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
  5. Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
  • View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: > Student Policies.
  • Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and our co-sponsored program partners, offers scholarships. Visit, and the program’s website, for details.

Program Information
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199

This program is currently not accepting applications.