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Spanish Language and Literature in Mexico

Spend one month in Oaxaca, Mexico, studying Spanish language, literature, and culture through this program led by OCU Spanish Professor Dr. Mark Griffin. Students from all majors may enroll and choose to either study 6 hours of Spanish language taught by professors from the University of Oaxaca (Universidad Autónoma "Benito Juárez" de Oaxaca) or study Mexican Literature in English Translation taught by Dr. Griffin plus three hours of Spanish through the University of Oaxaca. All participants will be immersed in the local culture by living with one or two other students at the homes of local host families, who provide three meals each day. Excursions include a weekend at the beach, touring the Monte Alban ancient ruins, and exploring a traditional artisan village. Cultural experiences include dancing and cooking lessons, among others.

Quick Facts

  • Faculty leader: Dr. Mark Griffin
  • Dates: May 9 through June 6, 2020, inclusive of travel dates.
  • Location: Oaxaca City, Mexico
  • All students enroll in 6 credits.
  • Mexican Literature in English Translation may be petitioned to replace the World Literature General Education requirement.
  • Accommodation: All students live with local host families (with one to two other students who may be from different universities).
  • Students may extend their stay and continue with Spanish language and/or elective credits.

Program Fee


Includes 6 credit hours of tuition, accommodation and three meals per day in a homestay, excursions, cultural activities, airport pick-up and drop-off in Oaxaca.

Not included:


Personal expenses, including a cell phone plan for Oaxaca. $200 to $400.

Application fee: $75

Application Dates

Application Opens: September 15, 2019

Application Closes: February 14, 2020

Payment Dates

$500 nonrefundable deposit upon acceptance to the program.

Balance due date: TBD. Balance will be nonrefundable after that date.

Program Dates

May 9, 2020 through June 6, 2020 (inclusive of travel dates).


  • Some state and federal aid, generally in the form of student loans, may be available for eligible students.

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