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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 12 through June 8, 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:

Airfare -- $450 to $800. A round-trip group flight from OKC to Oaxaca will be offered until all seats are full for $568. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be included on this group flight.

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

Application fee: $75

Download a copy of the budget for this program to see what a month in Oaxaca will cost you.

Application Dates

Application Opens November 1, 2018

Application Closes: Deadline extended to March 15, 2019!

Payment Dates

$300 nonrefundable deposit upon acceptance to the program.

Balance due by April 1, 2019 and nonrefundable after that date.

Program Dates

May 12, 2019 through June 8, 2019 (inclusive of travel dates).


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

Download a copy of the budget for this program to see what a month in Oaxaca will cost you.