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Semester in Mexico

University of Oaxaca

About the Program

Oaxaca is the perfect place to study, explore, and immerse yourself in the unique and beautiful culture of Mexico. Through our partner, Sol Education Abroad, students will take classes in Oaxaca at the University of Oaxaca (UABJO), which was established in 1827 as one of the first universities in Mexico. Spanish Language and electives classes are taught at the Facultad de Idiomas, the prestigious language department of the university. The Spanish program began here in 1987 and has since evolved into an esteemed Spanish language institution. University facilities are located in the historic center of Oaxaca and are only a few blocks south of the famous Zócalo, or central plaza.

Accreditation: The University of Oaxaca (Universidad Autónoma "Benito Juárez" de Oaxaca) is a fully accredited university by the government of Mexico.

Class Information: Class size for language classes is typically 3 to 5 students per teacher. Classes are with other international students. Language classes and electives are typically held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. After class students are encouraged to take advantage of the intercambios, daily exchange programs with local Mexican university students.

Facilities: The Language Department has a relaxed atmosphere, and its modern facilities include a spacious library, computer lab, and comfortable classroom space.

Teaching Style: You will find that the teaching style in other countries is different than what you are used to. If you have any concerns or questions about this when you are in Oaxaca, you can discuss it with the on-site program director! The directors are always available for tutoring and any other assistance students may need concerning the academic component of the program.

Transcript: Your transcript is issued by the University of Oaxaca.

Quick Facts

  • The University of Oaxaca was founded in 1827.
  • The Language Department, where you will take classes, has roughly 1,000 students.
  • While some provinces (states) within the country of Mexico have active State Department Travel Warnings, Oaxaca is one of the provinces that does not.
  • The historic center of Oaxaca, where the university is located, is a World Heritage Site.
  • The population of the city of Oaxaca is just over 250,000.
  • Oaxaca is known for its arts, crafts, and architecture.
Dates/SemesterFall 2018Spring 2019
Arrival Date September 1, 2018 January 12, 2019
Classes Begin September 10, 2018 January 14, 2019
Classes End December 8, 2018April 12, 2019
Final ExamsDecember 8, 2018April 12, 2019
Departure Date December 9, 2018April 13, 2019
Deadline to ApplyJune 1, 2018 November 1, 2018
Credits/Classes

All students take between 12 and 18 US credits per semester.

Spanish languages courses are offered at six levels, from Beginning I to Advanced II. Beginning language learners will likely only study Spanish language, but there are a few art courses taught in English. Intermediate speakers have more options for elective courses, and advanced Spanish speakers may take courses in Spanish with local students.

Courses for Intermediate and Advanced Spanish speakers include the following:

  • Business Spanish
  • Cultural Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Latin American Literature
  • Medical Spanish
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing

Courses for Advanced Spanish speakers include the following:

  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Marketing
  • Psychology

To see a full list of regularly offered courses in Oaxaca, see the website.

Accommodations

Housing

All students live in homestays with local families. The housing fee includes three meals per day.

All housing is within a 15-minute walk from the university.

Wifi is included.

Fees

Fall 2018

  • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
  • Student Housing: $3038
  • Activity Fee: Included in Tuition
  • Meal plan: Included in homestay, three meals per day
  • Medical Insurance: included in fees.
  • Airport pick-up: included
  • Other local transportation: $160
  • Passport

Spring Semester 2019

  • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
  • Student Housing: $3038
  • Activity Fee: Included in Tuition
  • Meal plan: Included in homestay, three meals per day
  • Medical Insurance: included in fees.
  • Airport pick-up: included
  • Other local transportation: $160
  • Passport

Download the budget template to determine what a semester in Oaxaca will cost you.

Eligibility
  • Sophomore standing or above at beginning of program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good standing with OKCU
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Federal and State Aid typically applies
  • Most OKCU scholarships apply

Download the budget template to determine what a semester in Oaxaca will cost you.

Contacts for Oaxaca

Primary Student Contract: Ms. Elisha Smith info@soleducation.com

Website: http://www.soleducation.com/me...

Phone: 512-730-1003

  • Local crafts

    Oaxaca is known for its arts, culture, and food.

  • Loom

    Artisans share space in a number of repurposed buildings within Oaxaca.

  • Monté Alban

    The prehistoric Monté Alban pyramid site, along with the old city of Oaxaca, are a World Heritage site.

  • Language Department facilities

    The Language Department of the University of Oaxaca is where most students will take their courses.

Contact the Office of Global Engagement

studyabroad@okcu.edu

405-208-5259 or 405-208-5270

Clara Jones Administration Building, 4th Floor, Suite 438