The World Endeavors Summer Study in Mexico – Universidad Internacional program is a chance for students to focus intensively on language learning at one of the world’s highest-regarded Spanish language schools. There are two 4-week summer sessions; students may choose one or attend both sessions. These sessions are an excellent opportunity for students to begin or continue studying Spanish in between semesters and gain better mastery over an increasingly important language around the world.
Studying at the Universidad Internacional, known as Uninter, is a great choice for students who are committed to improving their Spanish skills and gaining an in-depth understanding of Mexican culture. Since students stay with host families, this program is particularly good for students who want to be immersed in Mexican culture and use Spanish in their day-to-day life.
Cuernavaca’s roots run deep. Founded by the Tlahuica people, it was a center of learning as far back as the fifteenth century. Cuernavaca has survived conquistadors and rapid social changes to become a charming modern city with a high-society flair. These days, it is a popular destination for students looking to learn Spanish and be immersed in the fascinating local culture. Cuernavaca is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” because of its climate—warm year-round but never too hot, with enough rain to make the area green and lush. Safe, student-friendly, and historic, Cuernavaca has plenty to keep students interested, including beautiful churches and the sixteenth-century Palace of Cortés. Cuernavaca’s central location makes it easy for students to explore other parts of the country.
“I met a lot of wonderful people in Mexico and there are people I still stay in contact with.”
- Matthew, Intern in Mexico
The summer program consists of two 4-week sessions; students may take one or both of these sessions. Each week includes 15 hours of language study. Students usually receive one credit for each week, so the four-week session transfers to most US universities as four credits.
Classes run daily, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each day of class includes three hours of Spanish classes, two hours of either grammar or Latin American history and culture, and one hour of cultural lectures or conversation. Students may take additional enrichment classes in the afternoons at no extra cost for extra help with pronunciation or grammar or for advanced conversation practice. Students may also request a weekly session of additional tutoring in areas they are particularly interested in.
(3 hours) This course focuses on the main language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be placed in groups of no more than 5 students based upon their language level (as determined by a short entrance exam and oral interview).
(2 hours) These courses are flexible and allow students to choose from a variety of classes including: Art, Business, Education, History, Latin-American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, and Spanish grammar.
(1 hour) This component is designed to improve students’ listening and conversational Spanish Language skills and cultural awareness by corrected discussions on topics like holidays, festivities, and family life. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast their own culture with their experiences in Mexico. Students are taught idiomatic expressions that will help them interact and better understand the culture in which they are immersed.
Students can take additional courses for no extra cost to further enrich their understanding of the Spanish language. These can include pronunciation or an advanced grammar and/or conversation workshop.
The purpose of this class is to put into practice your acquired knowledge both in and out of the classroom in a daily context such as in the home, school and social settings, while becoming acquainted with Mexican culture and everyday life. We provide different activities such as Mexican songs, idiomatic expressions (slang), and discussions of music, movies, and popular culture.
During the 2 hours of Spanish Conversation Workshop, students can practice their skills in communication and pronunciation while interacting with Mexican high school students in a variety of activities of mutual interest like games, handcrafts, and the like. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in field trips and other activities to expand their cultural experience.
During the 2 hours of Specialized Vocabulary the student will learn Spanish language skills so that they can effectively communicate with their Spanish-speaking clients, students, or patients (according to the student’s needs).
The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.
Participants in this program stay with local Mexican host families. Staying with families is a valuable part of becoming immersed in the local culture, and it’s one of the best ways for students to practice their Spanish outside the classroom. Host families are very welcoming and enjoy having foreign students stay with them. The host family accommodation includes three meals every day.
Additional housing options may be available at an extra cost. For more information on these options, please contact World Endeavors.
SESSION 1: June 2019*
– Application deadline: March 1, 2019
SESSION 2: July 2019*
– Application deadline: April 1, 2019
* Exact dates not yet available
Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.
|Summer Study In Mexico (Universidad Internacional)||$4,590|
- Tuition: 4 credits
- Onsite English-speaking coordinator
- Academic transcript
- Home stay accommodations
- 3 meals per day
- Onsite orientation
- Travel medical insurance
- Visa support
- Student service and learning support
- Airport pick-up and welcome
- Pre-departure guidance and handbook
- Advice on how to get a local phone number
- 24/7 emergency phone support
- Re-entry support and alumni services
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Mexico City
- Visa expenses
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. We recommend that applications be submitted prior to the program application deadline. If your intended program's deadline has passed, contact World Endeavors for more information.