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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Academic Level: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Internship Available: Yes Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: 000 - No language prerequisite Housing Options: Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term On-Site Language Course Required: No Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 15 +
Program Advisor: Robert Dowden Areas of Study: Art Studio, Business, Computer Engineering, Finance, Management, Politics, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Description:

Universidad del Valle de Atemajac


Students interested in improving their Spanish, or those wishing to complete an international internship, have the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico available to them as a potential study abroad destination. UNIVA was founded as a Jesuit institution with the responsibility of providing theological formation to laymen, but has evolved in its 50+ years of existence to become a university that maintains its Catholic heritage while promoting new careers through a call to meet today's educational and social urgencies.

Academics & Curriculum

Students going abroad to Mexico will enroll in 5 UNIVA courses for a total of 35 Mexican credits (equal to 15 US credits). 7 Mexican credits equal 3 US credits. Participants can take courses in Spanish or English, though students seeking to take Spanish-taught courses should have an intermediate skill level before going abroad. No language course is required (one could take all English-taught courses), though free Spanish instruction is available.

UNIVA staff help students register for courses before arrival. A full list of available courses can be found here. Students in need of syllabi for course evaluations should email Sandra Hernandez.


Students from any major can do an internship while studying in Guadalajara. However, the internship offerings vary each term, depending on the placements available at the partner enterprises and organizations. Some of the placements where students can do internships are multinational companies such as HP, Flextronics, among over 250 other organizations. Placements are finalized before students depart for Guadalajara. Although internships can be in English, students will need at least "survival Spanish" to engage in reporting/coursework.


Applicants looking to learn more about the available facilities can find information here.

Accommodations & Meals

Participants on this program live with host families and are provided with a private room, as well as three meals a day. Linens and towels are included, but laundry and wifi may not be. Host families help students locate the nearest laundry facility, as needed. All homestays are within walking distance of the UNIVA campus.

Upon arrival, students pay a $400 USD housing deposit to UNIVA. This can be paid with cash or credit card, but using a credit card will incur processing fees. The fee is refunded to the student upon departure if there is no damage to their housing accommodations.


CUA students going abroad are strongly encouraged to apply for scholarships. In addition to the resources listed on Financial Aid's website, CUAbroad maintains information on study abroad scholarships available to students of all backgrounds. Applicants to study abroad are asked to complete their scholarship applications simultaneously with their program applications, and to notify CUAbroad if they receive any third party monetary awards.

Exchange Scholars

Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students.  This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide.  Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 10/01/2020 ** 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.

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