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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Advisor: Livia Lopes Program Type: CatholicU
Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Areas of Study: Spanish, Theology
Credits: 6 Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite
On-Site Language Course Required: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Residence Hall
Program Description:
Metropolitan Cathedral

Spanish Language & Ministry

for Seminarians


The Center for Global Education, in collaboration with Theological College and the School for Theological and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, offers an intensive Spanish Studies and Ministry Program for Seminarians. This program is designed to assist in the formation of seminarians to work with the Hispanic community in the United States. Studies are primarily for Spanish language and culture and Hispanic ministry. Language instruction is provided by the Universidad Pontificia de Mexico, a Catholic University, and one of the most prestigious in Mexico. Participants join in the daily routine of the Seminario Hispano and conduct outreach to local people and parishes. Guided excursions to sites such as the Basilica of Guadalupe, Teotihuacan, and the Anthropology Museum are also included in the program. A list of the Advisory Board members may be found here.

The City

As the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world, Mexico City is an ideal place to be immersed in the Spanish language. The region has a long history and offers a fascinating combination of the ancient and the modern.

The Seminario Hispano de Santa María de Guadalupe (Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe) is located in Tlalpan, a suburb of Mexico City where heavily populated urban areas coexist next to small rural communities situated among tracts of conservation land. 


This program is open to all Catholic seminarians, especially those who are members of seminaries or houses of formation associated with CUA.

Academics and Curriculum

Students on this program receive graduate credit from The Catholic University of America in Spanish language (3 credits) and Hispanic ministry (3 credits). View the Summer 2019 tentative program schedule.

Spanish Language

Students are enrolled in SPAN 510, Intensive Spanish Language and Culture for Priests and Seminarians. Language instruction is offered by the Universidad Pontificia de Mexico at the Basic 1-2, Intermediate 1-2, and Advanced 1-2 levels. Students' language levels are based on a placement test upon arrival.

Hispanic Ministry in Practice

Students are enrolled in a 3-credit theology course that presents a historical and theological overview of Hispanic ministry in the United States. The course also integrates a Pastoral Practicum, which includes discussions and readings, as well as visits to parishes and cultural sites. Students at all levels of Spanish will be expected to actively use their language skills to communicate and interact with parishioners and the local community.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of completion in Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry from The Catholic University of America. Courses must be taken for credit and may not be audited.


Experienced formators provide guidance and offer feedback regarding human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral aspects of formation observed over the course of the program. 

Participants fully engage in the liturgical life of the community, including all scheduled prayer, liturgy, and devotional exercises. Daily Mass is celebrated at the seminary chapel, and participants are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass at one of the many local parishes.

Accommodation and MealsSeminario Hispano

Full room and board are included in the program.  All seminarians are housed at:
Seminario Hispano de Santa María de Guadalupe
Archdiocese of Mexico
Fr. Juan Vertiz, Rector
The program is run in conjunction with the Universidad Pontificia de Mexico, and some classes will be held there as well:
Universidad Pontificia de Mexico

2021 Program Costs

Total Program Cost: $6,990 (due by first day of classes) 
What's included:
  • Full tuition
  • Full room and board in the seminary
  • Welcome & farewell sessions
  • Language placement test
  • Guided excursions
  • Trips to local parishes
  • Participation in seminary activities
  • Textbooks
  • Individual or small-group tutoring
  • On-site seminary's Rector and Spiritual Directors
  • Pre-departure advising and orientation
  • Health & emergency evacuation insurance
What's not included:
Round-trip airfare, passport, optional excursions, and personal expenses.

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program fee in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.  
View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.