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Program Description:
Mexican Studies and Spanish Immersion in Querétaro

Program Overview

This program is designed for you to learn Spanish language through immersion. You can take intermediate or advanced Spanish, as well as courses on Mexican history, literature, and culture. You will study in the Spanish Department (Facultad de Lenguas y Letras) of the local public university: Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ). As part of the immersive experience, you will live with a Mexican host family and have the chance to interact with Mexican students on campus. Querétaro is a beautiful colonial city located in the heart of central Mexico. Its historic city center is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. With a population of approximately 900,000, Querétaro is a medium-sized city known especially for its excellent universities, growing economy, safety, and cleanliness.

Academic Details

You can participate in the GEO Querétaro program during a 10-week spring quarter program or a 6-week summer session. The spring quarter program is ideal for students looking to fulfill the second year of college-level Spanish through immersion. If you have completed SPAN 102 or 111 by the time you depart for Querétaro, you could earn 16 quarter credits of intermediate-level Spanish that would fulfill (at the UO) the equivalent of SPAN 103 + SPAN 201-202-203. If you have completed SPAN 103 or 112 by the time you depart for Querétaro, you could earn 12 credits of intermediate language (the UO equivalent SPAN 201-202-203) plus a 4-credit elective on modern Mexican history. The course on Mexican history examines the 19th and 20th centuries, highlighting moments in which the city of Querétaro played an important role in Mexican history, including the Independence movement, the Reforma era, and the Mexican Revolution. 

The summer program offers a wider selection of courses and language levels, including: intermediate 2nd year Spanish, advanced 3rd year Spanish, as well as specialized courses on literature, advanced writing, culture, and Mexican history. You can earn a total of 12 quarter credits. Students who have completed 2nd year Spanish prior to participating on the program can take a combination of 3rd year language classes. The language of instruction for all courses is Spanish, and all courses are taught by local instructors from the UAQ Facultad de Lenguas y Letras.

For students from partner universities: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.