Guanajuato, Mexico

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Culture and Language Abroad (CLA) – Universidad de Guanajuato


  • Spring Semester (Early January - Late July)
  • Fall Semester (Early July - Early December)


  • GPA - 2.5
  • At least 4 semesters of university-level Spanish
  • Students are expected to speak Spanish at all times (except in emergencies).


  • SUA-STAMP Test Intermediate-Mid level required.
  • This program is for students interested in taking university courses with locals.
  • CLA provides language, culture and community service programs in Guanajuato. Programs are designed to provide students with an intellectually rigorous experience.
  • All students must enroll in 4 - 5 courses each semester.
  • Students interested in taking courses from the Spanish language department must take a placement test upon arrival.
  • Students may choose to take university courses with locals from all of the departments available on the Guanajuato Campus.
  • CLA will help you find the right volunteering opportunities in one of Guanajuato’s many local NGOs.

Field Trips:

  • Community service in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas (3 weeks). Three separate day excursions during Chiapas stay.
  • Mexico City (3 days) 
  • San Luis de la Paz (1 day) 
  • San Miguel de Allende (1 day)


  • Participants live with a local host family.
  • All host families are located within 15 minutes or less walking distance from the city center and university.
  • Accommodations include a private room with closet, desk and lock on the door.
  • Three meals a day and snacks are provided. (Feel free to use the kitchen as a member of the family would).
  • Laundry 1x per week.
  • Inclusion to family events.
  • Only one student per homestay.

Link: CLA Guanajuato

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