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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, Arcos Learning 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 to help arrange tutoring and any other assistance 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.
  • Oaxaca is winner of the best travel destination in 2020 (According to Travel + Leisure magazine)
  • The historic center of Oaxaca, where the university is located, is a UNESCO 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 2021Spring 2021
Arrival Date September 4, 2021January 16, 2021
Classes BeginSeptember 6, 2021January 18, 2021
Classes End December 3, 2021April 16, 2021*
Final ExamsDecember 3, 2021April 16, 2021*
Departure Date December 4, 2021April 17, 2021*
Deadline to ApplyApril 1, 2021November 15, 2021

*Students who elect to take Classes with Locals should plan to depart on June 5, 2021.

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 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

You have a few options to choose from during your program. Students can stay with a local family in a homestay arrangement or in apartment style housing, for those who prefer more independence. You can also choose to arrange your own housing.

It's highly encouraged to stay within a homestay. Sharing your experience with a host family abroad can be one of the most enriching parts of your time in Mexico!

More Information:

  • You will have all of your meals with your homestay and they will provide a sack lunch on weekend excursions.
  • Homestays are considered middle-class by local standards and live in very safe neighborhoods.
  • Homestays live conveniently within 15 minutes walking distance to school.
  • It is not common practice in Oaxaca that laundry is done by the homestay and there are laundromats conveniently located near all the homes.
  • All homes have WiFi.

Fees

Fall Semester 2021

Charged to OCU Student Account:

  • OCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Arcos Learning Abroad:

  • Homestay: $2,158
  • Meal Plan: included in homestay
  • Activity Fee: $983
  • Airport pick-up is included for free

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Medical Insurance: OCU's travel policy may be sufficient. Students should research options based on personal needs.
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Local Transportation: $164
  • Any additional meals outside of your homestay
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Spring Semester 2021

Charged to OCU Student Account:

  • OCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Arcos Learning Abroad:

  • Homestay: $3,040
  • Meal Plan: included in homestay
  • Activity Fee: $960
  • Airport pick-up is included for free

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Medical Insurance: OCU's travel policy may be sufficient. Students should research options based on personal needs.
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Local Transportation
  • Any additional meals outside of your homestay
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Eligibility

  • Sophomore standing or above at beginning of program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Students with a 2.50 to 2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Good standing with OCU

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Federal and State Aid typically apply
  • Most OCU scholarships apply

Download a cost estimate to determine what a semester in Oaxaca may cost you!

Contacts for Oaxaca

Primary Student Contract: Brent Hunter info@arcosabroad.com

Website: arcosabroad.com

Phone: 512-380-1706

  • 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 Study Abroad Office

studyabroad@okcu.edu

405-208-5270

Clara Jones Administration Building, 2nd Floor, Suite 240